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.