Project ECHO Development
Following the completion of the first Care Homes ECHO in Highland, the next site to launch is in Ayrshire. The ECHO is open to all care homes in the area with a focus on evaluation for East Ayrshire. This ECHO begins on the 19th of July and the programme can be found here
Care home staff can register to attend via this link
The Highland Hospice ECHO superhub has been discussing, with departments within the Scottish Government and NHS partners, ways to to expand the use of ECHO through replicating more hubs and networks throughout Scotland.
A first step in repositioning the superhub as a Scottish ECHO Centre has been the inclusion in recommendations within the Scottish Government Healthcare framework for adults living in care homes- My Health, My Care, My Home.
We have been granted some funding to prove the concept of ECHO through evaluation of ECHO for Care Homes in four key Health and Social Care Partnership areas determined by the Directorate for Social Care & NCS Development at Scottish Government. We are currently working closely with the Quality Improvement team within the directorate who also have oversight of the development of the framework.
This is an exciting opportunity for Project ECHO to develop an approach which is right for Scotland and enhanced by robust policy and quality assurance which can be recognised in all Health and Social Care Partnership Areas.
Discussions are well under way to begin this project and we will publish updates as they develop.
NHS Highland - Raigmore Hospital
We are currently planning to run an Obstetrics and Gynaecology ECHO programme which will be a new step in demonstrating the power of ECHO to collaborate with primary and secondary care practitioners. The team at Raigmore hospital will share knowledge in managing the more complex issues around health including vague abdominal pain and suspected malignancy.
Our aspirations for this are to be able to demonstrate the benefits of ECHO to other hospital departments seeking to share knowledge and skills with those working in the community.