House of Care

Lothian's House of Care Collaboration, between Thistle and NHS Lothian, supports people working in health, social care and the third sector to have "good conversations" by working with them to strengthen their capacity in all aspects of the house of care.

The house of care is a metaphor.

The walls, roof and foundation of the house remind everyone what needs to be in place to allow "good conversations" to happen. 

"Good conversations" are about:

This is often referred to as care and support planning. It includes the concepts of shared decision making and supported self management and is asset based

There is good evidence that using this approach leads to better outcomes for the person and the system.


Lothian's House of Care Collaboration supports this approach by:

For further information, contact Tracy McLeod, Project Coordinator, at

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