Let’s really raise the bar and tell us what you think about mental health services in Fife

The National Mental Health Strategy (2017 – 2027) emphasises the need to reduce the reliance on hospital beds and to build capacity within our local communities for those who use mental health services. Following these recommendations, the Fife Health & Social Care Partnership is reviewing the mental health support services in Fife.

We have been working closely with partners and colleagues involved in delivering these support services, and those that you have used these services to provide feedback. This feedback has now been incorporated into the draft Mental Health Strategy and we are looking for views on this.

Your views are important to us and will help shape the future mental health services in Fife.

What you need to do:

Please read through the draft strategy and let us know what you think by completing the response form and returning it to Julie O’Neill. Closing date for responses is Friday 19 April 2019.

Contact details:

  • Email: Julie.ONeill@fife.gov.uk
  • Address: Julie O’Neill, Business Manager, Health & Social Care Partnership, Level 5, Rothesay House, Glenrothes KY7 5QP

Next steps:

Once all the feedback has been considered, the final Mental Health Strategy for Fife will be submitted to various committees for approval and then for formal ratification by the Health & Social Care Partnership Integration Joint Board.


Living with a hearing loss? Find out how we can help

If you, or someone you know is living with a hearing loss, pop along to one of our drop in sessions and find out information and advice on the services available in Fife and how we can help.

Date Time Venue
Tuesday 2 April 2019 10am-12noon Kirkcaldy Galleries Library
Tuesday 7 May 2019 10am-12noon Rosyth Library
Tuesday 4 June 2019 10am-12noon Rothes Hall Library
Tuesday 2 July 2019 10am-12noon Valleyfield Library
Tuesday 6 August 2019 10am-12noon Cupar Library
Tuesday 3 September 2019 10am-12noon Oakley Library
Tuesday 1 October 2019 10am-12noon Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries
Tuesday 5 November 2019 2pm-4pm Cowdenbeath Library
Tuesday 3 December 2019 10am-12noon St Andrews Community Hospital


Community representatives needed for health and social care research

NHS Fife Research & Development Department and the University of St Andrews established Fife Community Advisory Council for Primary Care Research.

We are looking for patients, service users and members of the public to be involved in health and social care research.

There are many ways you can become involved in health research.

You can be a participant in a research study or you could become part of the research team, advising on research questions, designing documents and even carrying out some of the research.

Training, support and reimbursement will be provided.

Need more information, please contact:

Contact School of Medicine Research Support.
Telephone Number: 01334 463601
Email: medresearch@st-andrews.ac.uk




Fifer awarded honorary fellowship from the University of Edinburgh

Congratulations to local woman Nicola Braid who has been awarded Honorary Fellow status in Nursing Studies from  the University of Edinburgh. Nicola, who is a charge nurse at Lynebank Hospital, received this prestigious award in recognition of how valuable her contributions to research, teaching and strategic consultation could be. Nicola’s clinical leadership in the field of learning disabilities has been praised.

“We are delighted that Nicola, as a former alumni, has been awarded Honorary Fellow status here in Nursing Studies, at the University of Edinburgh. This demonstrates our commitment to develop our curricula to be innovative and shine a light on the field of learning disabilities. We are aware of Nicola’s national reputation, clinical leadership and advocacy for those who experience learning disabilities and therefore working with her will help us strengthen the impact we and our students can have on the lives of those with learning disabilities,” said Professor Aisha Holloway, Head of Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Nicola will continue to collaborate with the University on the development and provision of innovative learning and teaching through the nursing curriculum and student experience in the field of learning disabilities.

Nicola was inspired to become a nurse because of her aunt Lynn who has learning disabilities. “I could see the challenges that my aunt, and my family faced on a daily basis and I aspired to reduce the discrimination people with learning disabilities faced when accessing health and social care services. My passion has grown since the first day of my undergraduate programme at Edinburgh Napier University which has made me grab all opportunities with both hands”, said Nicola.

With hard work and motivation Nicola developed a network of support with colleagues, senior nurses in NHS Fife and nurses at a national level, successfully completing an Early Clinical Careers Fellowship and MSc in Advancing Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Increasing her clinical experience has highlighted the significant contribution learning disabilities nurses can have across many areas of nursing. Compassionate, innovative, person centred care has been at the forefront of this profession for years.

“I am delighted to have been awarded honorary fellow status at University of Edinburgh. It is a great achievement and I am proud of the work I’m involved in. It is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the health needs of people with learning disabilities and the role of the learning disabilities nurse across all nursing studies. It is a fantastic opportunity to develop professionally, and personally, to reduce inequalities and improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. It feels rather timely as this year marks 100 years of learning disabilities nurses in the UK so there is a lot of exciting events and news to share,” added Nicola.

No Smoking Day 2019 – quit your way

Across the country around three quarters of a million smokers will make an attempt to quit smoking.

If you are looking to stop smoking, there’s lots of ways to do this. By getting support you are four times more likely to succeed.

Stop smoking services in Fife are free and help you to quit your way.

How to get in touch:

Collaborative working to support tobacco awareness

The Health Promotion team has been working with students from Fife College on initiatives to raise awareness of tobacco prevention.

The Creative Industry students have produced initiatives to encourage the young people of Fife to consider the impact smoking has on their lives.

“The students have taken the aspects of tobacco that they feel is important and created innovative ways of conveying messages to their peers – we are delighted with the results”, said Kay Samson, Deputy Manager, Health Promotion Services.
Students will be showcasing their ideas on No Smoking Day. Why not pop along!

When: Wednesday 13 March from 12 to 2pm
Where: The Auditorium, St Brycedale Campus, Kirkcaldy