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Strategic plan consultation – are we getting it right for Fife

What do you think about the future of the health and social care services in Fife? Your views are important – let us know what you think by completing our short survey.

Launch message from Michael Kellet, Director Fife’s Health & Social Care Partnership, Fiona McKay, Head of Head of Strategic Planning Performance and Commissioning anc Cllr Rosemary Liewald, Chair of the Integration Joint Board.

Fife Council and NHS Fife are working together as the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership in line with Scottish Government policy (known as the Public Bodies (Joint Working) Act), with the aim of offering seamless services and better experiences of care, especially for people with long-term conditions and disabilities.

The challenges and opportunities that we face together are enormous with:

Fife’s population getting older:

  • • the number of people aged over 75 years predicted to increase by 44.6% by 2024; and
    • many more people living with more than one long-term condition.

The plan is a fantastic opportunity for all of us; individuals, staff, partners, communities and representatives from the third and independent sectors to use our collective experience, knowledge and skills to drive forward new and innovative ways of working in local communities and achieve change.

Since 2016 we have made significant progress in a number of areas and will continue to redesign and consult on new ways of working by looking at the needs of the population of Fife and continue to shape our plan around those needs.

Using feedback from various groups we have produced a draft plan.

We now need more views. Do you think the plan will meet your needs not just for now but for the next three years? We will listen to what you tell us, and then produce our final Strategic Plan for 2019-22. Please have a look over the draft plan before completing the survey.

Please take the time to complete the survey – your views will help inform what our health and social care priorities are for the next three years.

Online survey 

If you would like either the draft Strategic Plan or online survey questions in an alternative format or a paper copy then please phone us on 01592 583136.

The closing date for responses is Sunday 12 May 2019.

SAM’s Café opens its doors to Fife’s communities…

Mental health affects us all and the demand on these services is increasing. At Fife’s Health & Social Care Partnership we have made a commitment to challenge stigma and provide joined up accessible services for the people of Fife at a time when they need it.

Opening its doors on Friday 19 April for the first time is SAM’s café, delivered in partnership with the HSCP, SAMH and the Linton Lane Centre. The café is a safe place where people can pop in and get mental health support and information from support workers who understand that every day is different.

SAMH’s Ross Reilly, SAM’s Café Project Peer Development worker talking to guests, representatives and volunteers at the launch

The community style café is open to everyone 16 and over – you don’t need an appointment, you can just pop along. Here, you will have an opportunity to talk, in an informal setting with people who have experienced mental health issues and will work with you to look for solutions or additional support.

Julie Paterson, Divisional General Manager commented, “The implementation of Scotland’s National Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 has provided additional funds for mental health support including peer and support workers. We have made a real commitment in Fife to look at innovative ways to support people, at the right time and in the right place. SAM’s café aims to do this and will ensure that support extends to weekends and out of hours. The café is part of the community, all are welcome and if people need some additional support, it will be provided by people who know exactly what that feels like.

SAM’s café is open on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 10pm at Linton Lane Centre, Kirkcaldy with support available from SAMH trained staff.

At the official launch, colleagues were joined by people seeking support as soon the doors had opened, there were people offering their support as volunteers and community representatives from Ambulance Service, (Julie Shields and Neil Gillies), Police Scotland’s Sgt Ian Poolman (Kirkcaldy) and Cllr Judy Hamilton showing their support for the project.

Cllr David Graham, spokesperson for Fife’s Integration Joint Board said, “The Health & Social Partnership is continually looking at ways to deliver health and social care services to meet the needs of Fifers. Mental health is a key priority for us and the launch of SAM’s café will add to the services we currently provide. Having an informal environment in a café setting, which offers mental health support will be a great benefit to the community and will go some way to alleviate the discrimination and stigma associated with mental health.”

SAMH’s Ross Reilly, SAM’s Café Project Peer Development worker passing the ‘See Me’ anti-stigma badge to Cllr David Graham

The Well launches in North East Fife

On Thursday 11 April the Well in St Andrews was opened. The Well is a place where people can go for health and wellbeing information – held weekly on Thursdays from 12 to 2pm, at the Community Hub, St Andrews Football and Social Club, Langlands Road, St Andrews.

Colleagues from Fife’s Health & Social Care Partnership were joined by representatives from voluntary organisations for the launch to provide information to the local community on ways to stay well and healthy, to live independently and to talk about what matters to them.

Michael Kellet, Director of Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership said, “The Well is a one-stop-shop for information, providing residents in North East Fife with the opportunity to chat with health and social care staff and representatives from local community organisation on various topics including equipment to help you stay at home safely, housing concerns, to information on local interest groups and organisations.”

Spokesperson for Fife’s Integration Joint Board Cllr David Graham added: “Bringing together local people, staff from health and social care and community organisations under one roof is a great way of partnership working, Getting to the heart of what matters to our communities and how we can help is key to working together to deliver excellent service. It’s heartening to see the passion and commitment here today and I’m sure the Well will be of great benefit to the community.”

For info:

The Wells is an initiative to connect with local communities – providing information on health and social care, allowing people to speak to the right people first time. The St Andrews Well is the latest Well to open – currently there are Wells in Methil, Buckhaven, Glenrothes, Kennoway, Leven and Kirkcaldy. Wells in Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline will open later this month and Inverkeithing will open in early May. Look out for more information coming soon.