Severe weather: Health and Social Care teams pulling out all the stops

Teams from across Fife’s health and social care services are working round the clock to keep essential services going.  With reports of severe weather coming, services have been preparing and contingency plans have been put into action to ensure all essential services are covered.

Michael Kellet, Director, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership said:

“When severe weather hits, staff always take into account the weather conditions and go above and beyond to keep services going.  This includes working closely with our partners and service providers across the voluntary and independent sector to keep people safe and supported.  Where needed we are in contact directly with service users and their families.  With recent warnings and the cold icy conditions set to continue, we will keep monitoring the situation.  In the meantime, a huge thanks to all our dedicated staff across health and social care for going the extra mile to ensure people are kept safe and looked after.”

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Diabetes Patient and Carers Information Event

NHS Fife’s Diabetes Patient Focus Group are inviting people living with or affected by diabetes, including carers and family members, to an information morning on Saturday, 3rd March 2018 at Lynebank Hospital, Dunfermline.

Registration will start at 9.30am with the first presentation beginning at 10am.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available during a mid-morning break and the event will finish at 1.15pm.

The morning will include a presentation on the updated DVLA guidelines for driving with diabetes followed by workshops focusing on important specific areas of diabetes  – annual health checks, Hba1c, changes to sugar content in drinks; diabetes and the kidneys; and mental health and wellbeing.

 

Dr John Chalmers, Diabetes Consultant Physician said:

“Events like these help people with diabetes learn about the impact diabetes can have on their daily life and their future health, however, more importantly it informs them of what they can do to manage their diabetes and stay well.”

A variety of information stands will be available for people to gain further information and ask questions on topics such as sharps boxes, local support groups, eye screening and many more.

Ross Kerr, Chair of Diabetes Patient Focus Group said: “This event has been designed by the Diabetes Patient Focus Group for Fife – so by people with Diabetes for people with Diabetes.

“Events like this are a key opportunity for people with Diabetes to ask questions and get more information about important aspects of diabetes and are an opportunity that should not be missed.”

There are a limited number of spaces available so if you are interested in attending please contact the Diabetes MCN on 01592 226736 or you can e-mail fife-UHB.vascularmcns@nhs.net to book your place.

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Director’s Blog: Reaching into communities

Our drive to develop services which reach into communities and connect people with support continues.

We are delighted to announce a £1m investment by Macmillan who are working with the Partnership and closely with the public to introduce an innovative community support programme for people affected by cancer. The voice of those affected by cancer is vital in shaping the new service and so we are hosting engagement events over February and March.

Our On Your Doorstep community website is growing with over 1700 organisations and groups with information about what services, resources, activities and groups are available within your local community.

As winter weather continues to hold, health and social care teams continue to work round the clock and services such as our START initiative continues to safely support people to return home from hospital sooner and is proving its worth.  Meet the stars of our START video where local teams talk about their work.

Over the coming months, budget will be the topic of much discussion.  We must be open and transparent about the challenge, where over the coming financial year our net budget gap even after implementation of the financial recovery plan from 2017-18 is still significant.

New medicines pressures along with increased demand for our services are just some of the reasons that define the pressure.  The Senior Leadership Team are working collectively with you, your colleagues and partners to develop a financial strategy for 2018/19 which will support the continued delivery of services to the most vulnerable whilst make every pound we spend work harder. Budget proposals will be taken to the Partnership Board on 20 March 2018 for approval.  Look out for more information over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, we must keep in mind that we still have a budget of around £490m to invest.  Our grassroots up approach activity continues on many levels. This month has seen the first Dunfermline Localities Planning Meeting take place with over 40 people in attendance.  South West area will be the last in our rolling programme, completing all 7 for Fife.   Keep up to date by visiting the Your Community pages.

In the coming months ahead will be starting to talk a lot more about community re-design.  To meet modern demands, Fife needs a more joined up care system.  We need to join care across communities and hospital services so we can respond better to peoples’ needs.

We must arrange services around the needs and assets of local communities and not around organisations.  We need to adapt systems and ways of working that have been in place for decades.   We must work together, to design and build a holistic care approach and we will be seeking views from you, and from people across Fife to help shape the future for Fife.

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Seen Something?  Say Something this National Adult Protection Day

If you think an adult’s being harmed, get it checked out.  It’s right to act on your suspicions.

Fife people are being urged to act on their instinct if they think an adult is being harmed, neglected or taken advantage of, says Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee (ASPC).

The ASPC is supporting National Adult Protection Day on 20th February, 2018 aimed at raising awareness of adult harm and encouraging people to act on their gut feeling that somebody may be experiencing harm or is at risk of it.  Adult harm can take many forms, such as physical, psychological, financial, sexual harm, neglect and self-harm.

Alan Small, Independent Chair of Fife ASPC said: “If you thought a child was at risk of harm, you would do something about it. It should be no different for an adult. But many people are not aware of adult harm or of the need to act on their concerns.

Adult harm can affect anybody, but people who can’t look after themselves or find it difficult to stand up for themselves can be particularly at risk, because of their personal circumstances, or a physical or learning disability, age or illness and infirmity.

“It’s not always easy to tell if an adult is in trouble, but the signs and situations to be aware of include:

  • a person may have unexplained cuts and bruises, or refuse to talk about injuries
  • they may be confused where their money has gone, or are giving money to people for reasons that might concern you
  • they may appear unusually quiet, withdrawn or nervous around certain people, or get upset at the mention of their relationship
  • they may constantly be having people – friends or strangers – ‘hanging out’ at their house
  • they may look less well turned out than usual or hungry.

“People often have an instinctual feeling that someone is being harmed or is at risk; a sense that something is not right.   It is vital to raise your concerns – call Fife’s Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200.  You don’t need to provide your personal details; the Social Work Service will check the situation sensitively, and support will be given, if needed.

We all have a responsibility to look out for people in our communities and by acting, the person who is at risk could get help and become safe from harm.  If something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out.  If you’ve seen something, say something.”

For more information, visit: www.fifedirect.org.uk/adultprotection

 

 

Affected by cancer? Get your voice heard

Have you or someone close to you been affected by cancer?   As part of a new £1m investment, Macmillan and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership really want to hear your views and experience to help us shape and influence an innovative support service for people affected by cancer.

We are holding engagement events across Fife. The events will take place on:

  • Wednesday 28th February at Cupar County Buildings 10am-12noon, St Catherine Street, KY15 4TA
  • Tuesday 6th March at Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre 10am-12noon, 7 Pit Road, KY4 9NN
  • Wednesday 7th March at Kirkcaldy Town House 5pm-7pm, 2 Wemyssfield, KY1 1XW

Tea & coffee will be provided.  If you would like to attend or find out more information please contact Lisa on 01592 578076 or email Improving.CancerJourney@fife.gov.uk