About NHS Lothian

NHS Lothian is responsible for monitoring, protecting and improving the health of the people who live in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

NHS Lothian employs over 26,000 and invests around £1bn a year in healthcare services. With a population of around 850,000, the staff of NHS Lothian care for the second-largest residential population in Scotland. But many of their services also extend to patients from all over the country.

They provide a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian. They also provide some services for patients in the Borders and Fife and are a national centre of expertise for some specialities provided to people across Scotland.

NHS Lothian Staff

Whatever the future holds with regard to advances in healthcare and technology, our most valuable resource will remain constant - our staff.

Without the expertise, enthusiasm and commitment to care of their staff, NHS Lothian could not provide the standard and quality of care patients require.

Staff Engagement

The NHS Lothian team is committed to improving patient care and services for all. NHS Lothian is pledged to engage staff as key partners in service planning and modernisation. 

Around 3,000 staff from across the organisation helped to develop a set of common values and ways of working. These values reflect what their staff feel really matters in providing healthcare for the people of Lothian.

NHS Values

  • Care and compassion

  • Dignity and respect
  • Openness, honesty and responsibility
  • Quality
  • Teamwork

Diversity and Inclusion

These values include Care, Compassion, Dignity and Respect and these emphasise how we treat both our patients and our staff.

NHS Lothian embraces the rich diversity found in all areas of the health board. This reflects a growing diversity in the population and they are committed to eliminating discrimination and improving equality of opportunity which is reflected in Corporate Objectives and associated workplans.

As an employer and healthcare provider we state without reservation that all staff and patients must be treated equitably irrespective of skin colour, culture, religion, or gender. We support the fundamental need for equality and inclusion at the heart of what we stand for.

Calum Campbell, Chief Executive, NHS Lothian

My Story is Your Story

'My Story Is Your Story' is a series of creative engagements created in 2021, led by Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation's Arts in Health and Wellbeing Programme, Tonic Arts, in partnership with NHS Lothian's Equalities Network.

This short film celebrates the contribution of Black and Minority Ethnic staff, sharing interviews about their experiences during COVID-19, the challenges they faced and the changes they want to see happen.