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

What’s new in Adult Support & Protection?

Find out what’s new in Adult Support & Protection by downloading the October newsletter of the Adult Support & Protection Committee here.

This edition gives details of:

  • SMS emergency service
  • Contact Scotland BSL service
  • Hate Crime
  • Ill treatment & wilful neglect
  • Carers Rights Day
  • Surviving Christmas

Seen Something?  Say Something.  If you or someone you know is at risk of harm or neglect, call the Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200.

Shona McEwan, Engagement & Participation Co-ordinator 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 21 34 Contact Shona McEwan online
By Post: Fife Safety Camera Partnership Police Scotland Detroit Road Glenrothes Fife KY6 2RJ


Director’s Blog: Winter is coming!

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.


Mind your “P’s” and dot your “I’s” – Ian Dall

The “P” word is very important.   As Chair of Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s Participation and Engagement Network

Ian Dall

Ian Dall

(P&EN), bringing the public closer, as equal partners to the conversation with health and social professionals about services locally and nationally, has never been more in the spotlight.

We hear in the news every other day about how, through the benefits of modern medicine, our ability to live longer is putting the strain on the care system and the public purse.  Centenarians are certainly more common than they used to be and this is a cause for celebration but it is also an issue that raises a serious point of debate.

Increasingly, the thought on how care for, not just the elderly, but people of all ages – those with disabilities, mental health conditions and complex care needs has never been more in the spotlight, but are the public really talking about it?

Where do we fit in the goliath world of NHS and social care?  Where do we start and what can we do about it anyway?

Are you sitting comfortably?  Then I’ll begin.   It was October 2012, when NHS Fife and Fife Council’s social work teams formed what was then, the first public engagement reference group, in which I was a member.   A proactive and welcome move as everyone started to get their heads around this new “I” word – Integration and I would like to take the opportunity to thank the many members, past and present, whose commitment and contribution has been invaluable to the progress we have made so far.

The first few years saw us inform, shape and help deliver three key consultations; the strategy for Fife, the localities across which services will work and the legal scheme against which the new Fife Health and Social Care Partnership must operate.  When it came to participation and engagement we held large scale workshops across the Kingdom to develop our Participation and Engagement Strategy (2016-19).

Now known as the P&EN our network continues to include a range of Fife residents and individuals as well as representatives from existing community organisations such as the Fife Forum, Alzheimer’s Scotland, Age Scotland and the People’s Panel.   We are involved in around 40 programmes of service change where we are able to have our say.

This month I am looking forward to attending a national public representatives workshop being held by the Scottish Government to meet and find out what others are doing across Scotland when it comes to public participation and involvement.

But, there is still a long way to go.   I understand that those leading Partnerships across Scotland are currently having to manage conflicting demands and work pressures, and also deliver to incredibly tight deadlines.  Networks such as the P&EN are the eyes and ears of the public and must be able to challenge.  I will be asking if there is a danger that under this pressure people retreat into their professional and organisational silos and adopt practices that maintain control, rather than work towards change for the better.  Are people prepared to challenge their assumptions around how patients and the public might react to changing the how and where we deliver health care to fit the modern day?

What might happen if a different conversation was initiated, involving local communities coming together with the leaders of local health and care services to engage in a dialogue about opportunities?

Well, in Fife we have already started. It is early days but new Locality Planning Groups are being set up across the Kingdom.  A huge programme of work, phase one brings together all the agencies and organisations that work to deliver services across the 7 localities of Fife, with public representation included.  Moving forward there needs to be more civic voice, and although this is frustrating now, it is a matter of time.

Having meaningful involvement will certainly confront existing assumptions held by all groups about how others might react when they come together. It will also generate different ways of looking at our current dilemmas, potentially enabling us to see new ways forward.

I am certain there are readers of this blog who will have their own examples of local initiatives where citizens, patients, voluntary/third sector organisations and statutory providers have come together in different and innovative ways to find a solution for a local health and care issue.

Trust and relationships are key, and many would argue will be the making or breaking of integration in the years ahead.  By continuing to listen and share experiences, the P&EN will ensure that the people of Fife continue to actively inform and shape the future of services for Fife.

Ian Dall,
Chair of the PEN

Would you like to get involved in the Participation & Engagement Network?  Contact:  Theresa Rodigan
Patient Relations Department & Participation & Engagement Network
1st Floor, Hayfield House

Direct Line: 01592-643355 x 28154


Mental Health – Calum Irving

Calum Irving, Director with See Me puts the spotlight on the importance of joint working to tackle the stigma that surrounds mental health.

Calum Irving

See Me and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership have been working together over this last year to tackle mental health stigma across various aspects of people’s lives.

The chance for See Me to work with the Partnership was great for us, as we are strengthening our focus on changing negative attitudes and behaviours towards mental health, within health and social care.

To really make a change, we need to work with organisations who have the greatest potential to enhance our reach and impact. Any change we make needs to be sustainable so we can work together effectively in communities facing the greatest inequalities.

The biggest event we have worked on with the Partnership this year is the simultaneous Walk a Mile events in March at Stratheden Hospital and in Silverburn Park.

The idea of Walk a Mile started with health care. Working with activist Chris McCullough Young we wanted to create a campaign which would bring people in health care together, to Walk a Mile in each other’s shoes, where people using the services and those working in them, could see each other as the people they really are, not the labels they have.

So it was fantastic to have the two walks in Fife, which aimed to do exactly that, and spread the vital message, that it is okay not to be okay, and mental health can be a topic of everyday conversation.

This message was also heard at our Pass the Badge event, where conversations on mental health were had and encouraged others to keep the conversation going.

We all have a role in tackling stigma and discrimination and together we can improve the culture around mental health, so its impact on every aspect of our lives, including where we live, learn, work and receive care isn’t ignored.

World Mental Health Day

It’s World Mental Health Day today (Tuesday 10 October) and Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership are putting a spotlight on the activities going on over October to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health and hear from some of those who have lived experience.

SAMH Football teams stop to celebrate positive mental health

Check out the blog from See Me’s Director,Calum Irving about how we are working together to tackle the stigma of mental health.  Congratulations and well done go to all the teams that took part in the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) football match which we helped support, with trophies presented by Michael Kellet, Fife Partnership’s Director.  Teams from the Partnership, the police, fire service, colleagues in the voluntary sector and many more all took part to raise awareness, improve understanding and break down barriers about mental health, particularly in the workplace, which is this year’s theme for World Mental Health Day.

Julie Paterson, Divisional General Manager (Fife Wide) adds:  “We all have mental health and the aim is to show that mental health can be a topic of everyday conversations, including in the workplace. We will be encouraging staff to take part in See Me’s campaign to ‘Pass the Badge’, where people wear the See Me pin badge for a couple of days then pass to a colleague.  The purpose is to get the message across that we are all responsible for creating positive attitudes and good mental health and good physical health is vital for all employees so they can stay fit and well as a person.”

Look out for more mental health stories as the week goes on and how you can take part to raise awareness.

For mental health support and advice visit:

Breathing Space 

See Me


Scottish Recovery Network

Scottish Association for Mental Health

Health Secretary meets NHS and Partnership staff as extra winter resilience funding announced

Health Secretary, Shona Robison visited the Hub at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy today to announce an additional £5

Cabinet Secretary meeting staff in the Discharge Hub

million which is being given to NHS boards to support winter resilience across health and social care.

The additional‎ funding is to support winter planning and enhance resilience across the services, will make sure patients are seen quickly, efficiently and without delay. It will also be used to maximise additional staffing to help with weekend discharges in the face of an anticipated rise in attendances during the busy winter months.

Meeting staff Ms Robison heard directly how health and social care teams are working more closely together to deliver care to people both in hospital and in the community so they are able to live as safe and independently as possible.

Amongst those welcoming Ms Robison to the Hub were Director of Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership, Michael Kellet, alongside the Chief Executive and Chair of NHS Fife.

Read the full news story here.

Innovative partnership programme to support lung cancer patients in Fife

Lung cancer is the most common cancer in Scotland. It is also a disease with a particularly poor prognosis, with fewer than 10 per cent of patients in Scotland surviving longer than five years from diagnosis.   In the Scotsman (19 Sept), Dr Jo Bowden,  talks about an innovative pilot project developed by the Specialist Palliative Care team in NHS Fife, in partnership with the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support. Funded through the Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) ­programme, the project is defining for the first time what Best Supportive Care (BSC) should mean in practice for people with incurable lung cancer.


Read the full article here.

Funding boost to support people with mental health issues into work

Fife Council has been awarded £205,000 from the Scottish Government’s Employability Innovation and Integration Fund to support local people with mental health issues into work and training.

The programme “Delivering Differently” for mental health and employment, has been developed in partnership by the Opportunities Fife and Health and Social Care Partnerships, will work with strategic partners to support people in Fife who are experiencing mental health issues.  It will develop an integrated, joined-up approach, with the goal of more than doubling the number of people supported into healthy, sustainable employment from this target group.

The project will provide strategic direction to better align employability support and skills training for those experiencing mental health issues.

The project will empower people with mental health issues by placing them at the heart of their own journey into work. It will ensure that they have the opportunity to build the skills, resilience and support to access and stay in employment, at a pace to suit their needs.

Cllr Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “Some 43% of people in Fife claiming benefits do so because of a mental health condition. Through this funding, we can deliver better joined support to help these residents access and stay in work. Working with Fife Health and Social Care Partnership this model will change how we deliver services to people with mental health issues for the economic, health and social benefit for all of the Kingdom.”

Simon Little, Chair of Fife’s Health and Social Care Integration Board, said: “We welcome this new funding to help support people with mental health problems into employment. We know that people with mental health problems experience a number of barriers to getting into, and staying in work. This funding will give the opportunity to pilot innovative approaches to support these clients, that will influence and direct the commissioning of Fife’s employability programmes going forward.

“With the right support, people with mental health problems can and do make a valuable contribution in the workplace and that this can be a positive step in their recovery. We also encourage more Fife employers to take on people with mental health problems, make adjustments to help them stay in work, and promote good mental health.”

The Scottish Government is providing £2.5m to fund some 13 initiatives that aim to increase employment support by linking up with health and social care, justice service and housing. The projects cover 15 local authority areas, with the money coming from the Employment Innovation and Integration Fund.