We strive to make all our communications as simple and as clear as possible.  We realise that sometimes terms have to be used because they are a title of a service or due to legal reasons. To help understanding we have created a glossary of the terms which may appear throughout this website or in our publications.  

Glossary of Terms (A-Z)

  • Care – Medical, mental, emotional or practical support that is given to groups or individuals including ill health, disability, physical frailty or a learning disability, so they can participate as fully as possible in society.
  • Carer – Someone who looks after family, partners or friends who are ill, frail or have a disability. The support they provide can be paid or unpaid.
  • Community Care – Care for people who are ill, elderly, or disabled, which is provided within the community rather than in hospitals or institutions. The preference is to support people in the community, especially in their own homes, where possible.
  • Community engagement – Community engagement refers to the process of getting communities involved in decisions that affect them. This includes the planning, development and management of services, as well as activities which aim to improve health or reduce health inequalities.
  • Coproduction – People who run services working together with people who use services and carers and frontline staff as equals to help make services better for people.
  • Day Care – Extra care at a day centre to help someone who normally lives at home, by providing care, social contact opportunities and, where applicable, respite.
  • Financial Recovery Plan – Plan to bring expenditure in line with budget.
  • H&SCP – Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Home Care – Home care (or home help) involves someone coming into your home to help you with personal care, like dressing or washing.
  • IJB – Integrated Joint Board
  • Integrated Community Assessment and Support Service (ICASS) – is a team of Healthcare Professionals and Support Workers who provide a range of integrated services in your own home, care home or community settings and is made up of two main parts that work very closely together.
  • Integration – Combining. In this case, it means health and social care services working closer together to help achieve better outcomes for individuals and communities in Fife.
  • ISD – Information Services Division: Is part of NHS National Services Scotland. ISD provides health information, health intelligence, statistical services and advice that support’s the NHS in progressing quality improvement in health and care.
  • MCCN – A Managed Clinical and Care Network (MCCN) enables professionals, public representatives and organisations to work together to promote consistency and quality of service throughout a person’s experience of care.
  • Partnership – Way of working where staff at all levels and their representatives are involved in developing and putting into practice the decisions and policies which affect their working lives.
  • Pathway – A way of achieving a specified result; a course of action.
  • PDS – Post Diagnostic Support.
  • Personal Care – Activities in daily living such as being able to get in and out of bed, prepare a meal, bathe, move safely around the home.
  • Person Centred – Person Centred is an approach to working with people which respects and values the uniqueness of the individual and puts the individual’s needs and aspirations firmly at the centre of the process.
  • Provisional Outturn – The outturn is the actual net expenditure for the financial year, this is provisional until the external auditors have audited the annual accounts.
  • Reablement – Time-limited support services that aim to help people learn or re-learn the skills necessary for daily living. Can also be referred to as Intermediate care which is used to describe a range of integrated services to promote faster recovery from illness, prevent unnecessary acute hospital admission, support timely discharge and maximise independent living.
  • Reduce risk – Take action to control the risk either by taking actions which lessen the likelihood of the risk occurring or the consequences of occurrence.
  • Resources – People, money, buildings and equipment.
  • Risk – The chance of something happening that will impact on the organisation’s ability to achieve its objectives.
  • STAR (Beds) – Short term Assessment and Reablement.
  • START Teams – Short Term Assessment and Reablement Team
  • Strategic Plan Themes – What we intend to take forward and how well respond to the issues
  • Self Directed Support – Self Directed Support describes an arrangement where the service user arranges some or all of their support instead of receiving directly provided services from local authority social work or services or equivalent. Self Directed Support allows people more flexibility, choice and control over their support so that they can live at home more independently.
  • Teleheath care – Telehealth care is a term used to describe a range of equipment used to support people in their own homes such as a community alarm, movement sensors, smoke alarms.
  • Voluntary Sector – Not for profit organisations.