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As winter makes its presence felt, here in Fife being ready for the growing number of people accessing our services is well underway.  Indeed our winter planning starts as soon as one winter ends. Most recently Fife welcomed Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison as she announced an additional £5m for Scotland’s winter resilience, of which Fife received just over £340,000.

Taking a more dynamic approach to improve people’s experience of care is not constrained to just one season or always about money.  Over the last year members of the public and their representatives have been working with front line staff across Fife.  Our Participation and Engagement Network (P&EN) members have been pivotal in influencing peers and using their skills and experience to inform thinking about how we can keep people safely out of hospital and independent in their own homes.  Check out some examples in our Change Projects section.

Flu season is also foremost in our minds and we are playing our part in protecting the most vulnerable members of Fife’s communities by getting our flu jags as part of an innovative Flu Fighters campaign.

When it comes to dealing with coughs, colds and minor ailments over the chilly season, check out the Know Who To Turn section of NHS Fife’s website so you can get the right care, by the right health care professional, at the right time.

Finally, with November being National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a short video on improving lung care brings a spotlight to the innovative approach now supporting patients in Fife with incurable lung cancer.

The project, which was developed in partnership with NHS Fife, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support Scotland, has proved so successful that this new model of care for people with advanced lung cancer is now part of normal practice.  A poignant example of how powerful partnership working can be.

Michael