TCAT Week (27 Nov- 3 Dec 2017) – Fife’s Joint Initiative To Improve Cancer Experience

This week (27 Nov- 3 Dec), Macmillan Scotland is putting a spotlight on the Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) programme which set out to ensure people affected by cancer receive the best care, both in health and social care.

Since the programme launched in 2013, 25 projects have been testing new models of care and Fife is one of them.

Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS Fife teams have been a key part of Macmillan’s national programme of work to help improve the experience for those diagnosed and living with cancer.

A key initiative saw the Health and Social Care Partnership create new two Local Area Co-ordinator roles where the focus is to support people in the community, who are living with cancer, in a much more integrated way and at grassroots level.

Known as the Integrated Community Cancer Care (ICCC) Project, those who were diagnosed with cancer and who agreed to be referred to a Local Area Co-ordinator, could start to receive practical support such as help with forms, linking in with local supporting charities, help access services as well as being a listening ear for both patient and carer.  This valuable role offers helps meet the holistic needs of the person by offering time, support to navigate the health and social work system takes into consideration the social, financial and emotional needs, in addition to the medical interventions that are required.

Referral routes opened at the beginning of April 2016 and in its first year, the project team has received 183 referrals.  Of these 165 service users and 18 carers were seen by a Local Area Co-ordinator.

Sharon Breeze and Mary Lynch, the Local Area Co-ordinators in Fife talk about their experience in the pilot and how the new approach has helped empower people to take control of their lives and promote inclusion into local communities:

Mary Lynch, TCAT, Local Area Co-ordinator (LAC)

“We can take the time to work with people to build confidence and accompany them to make the connections with local groups and organisations. says Mary.

An important area of our work is to offer peer to peer support sessions.  Patients can discuss their cancer journey with a patient representative who has gone through the same process to highlight good areas of practice and areas which could be improved.”




Sharon Breeze, TCAT Local Area Co-ordinator (LAC)

Sharon added: “We are also working with families and carers as the effects of a cancer diagnosis are not confined to the patient and it can be a stressful time for everyone involved.  Being able to support families is a beneficial part of the work being carried out and this is being well received by those families we are currently working with.”

So what happens now?

The vision for the Fife is for service to build on the success of the ICCC project and ensure that everyone diagnosed with cancer in Fife can easily access all the support they need, as soon as they need it, to enable them to live as well and as independently as possible.

Find out more about the TCAT work in Fife.

Positive Destination – A case study

“My journey began with a phone call from Mary.  We made a few appointments but I was always so anxious and cancelled them.  Mary then decided to come and visit me at home and that’s when I started the TCAT project.

I had a plan to go to college but I was nowhere near ready to be in that kind of environment.  Mary took me to visit the college quite a few times and helped me get familiar with the building.

I then applied for a course but it was unfortunately full.  I am now looking into volunteering as I think it will help boost my confidence and my self-esteem, it will also give me retail experience that can be useful in the future.  The TCAT project has helped me recognise what I want in life and has made me realise what’s important to me.”

*Anonymised case study written by C. who has been working with a TCAT LAC.

Napier House Care Home officially open

Residents and staff of Napier House Glenrothes celebrated the official opening of the new sixty bed state-of–the-art care home. The £7.1m Napier House is the new home for residents who previously stayed in Alan McLure and South Parks care homes and moved in at the end of August. The care home also provides day services for up to 20 older people from the local area who can come along, make friends and have fun.

Cllr David Alexander, Cllr Julie Ford, Cllr David Ross – ribbon cutting

Co-Leader of Fife Council Cllr David Ross said: “Napier House provides the highest quality care and will allow integrated models of care to be developed to meet the individual needs of every resident. It’s great to see residents in their new state of the art accommodation and hear how they are settling in. All the feedback we have had so far is extremely positive and very appreciative of the warm, friendly and comfortable environment.”

Co-Leader of Fife Council Cllr David Alexander said: “The care our residents at Alan McClure and South Parks received was always excellent and both had a good reputation. Napier House will build on this and the new facilities will provide an environment which will enhance the level of support already provided for the residents. Person centred care combined with activities and entertainment will stimulate and enhance their lives and enable residents to enjoy life as much as they possibly can.”

Michael Kellet Director of Health & Social Care added: “The completion of Napier House is a wonderful achievement and has come to fruition through an amazing collaboration between many partners. Everyone involved has worked hard work to build and create an environment that will bring the maximum possible benefit to the residents.”

The opening of Napier House marks the completion of the first phase of the Care Village that will be built on the site.The Care Village will also include 30 extra care housingin a two storey ‘complex’ which includes a communal lounge area for tenants and a café area for the residents, families and wider community to enjoy. The one and two bedroomed properties will be allocated to people who are over 60 and require supervised accommodation.

Alison Marrs, Unit Manager 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 47 34 87 Contact Alison Marrs online
By Post: 300 Napier Road Glenrothes Fife KY6 1BF

National Meals on Wheels Week

Pupils from Levenmouth Academy are helping to celebrate National Meals On Wheels Week in Fife. Four young

Pupils from Levenmouth Academy deliver Meals on Wheels

people volunteered to accompany the Meals on wheels drivers as they deliver hot meals around the Kingdom.

Chloe Gourlay a fourth year student said: “It was awesome! I really enjoyed going out in the van to make the deliveries and meet some of the older residents Fife. The drivers have a lot of people to visit and meals to deliver but they are always friendly and I could see why the Meals on wheels service has such a good reputation and is so much appreciated. I saw lots of happy smiles and laughter and it was a great experience.”

Fife’s Meals On Wheels Service not only provides a hot  two course lunch for over 700 residents daily but an important contact for some clients who may not otherwise have the chance for social interaction.

Keith Breasley Service Manager said: “Even in Fife Council not everyone knows about this vital service to provide balanced and tasty meals to older people. So this week we are holding tasting sessions for council staff in all our facilities. Not only can employees see and taste the food the service provides but will have the opportunity of finding out more about Meals On Wheels and the benefits it offers.”

Keith Breasley, Service Manager (Hospitality Services) 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 59 38 Fax: 01592 583443 Contact Keith Breasley online
By Post: Fife Council Bankhead Central Bankhead Park Glenrothes Fife KY7 6GH