Delivering Differently for the people of Fife

Returning to work after a mental health problem can sometimes be daunting but with support, those affected can, wheDelivering Differently teamn ready, make the journey back to work more easily.

In Scotland alone it is estimated that mental health problems cost £10.7 billion, taking into account of social and care costs, economic outputs and human costs. Data for Fife shows a direct correlation between economic and employment deprivation and long-term mental health problems.

That’s why today, in mental health awareness week, Fife has launched the Final Report of Delivering Differently – an 18 month project to improve the outcomes for people with mental health problems in Fife, which has been funded by Scottish Government’s Employability Innovation and Integration Fund.

Fife Voluntary Action is leading the project, working with Fife’s Health and Social Care and Opportunities Fife Partnerships, along with input from a range of partners including local third sector organisations, businesses and, crucially, people who have a lived experience of mental health problems.

Differing Differently has undertaken significant research into what drives high unemployment levels for people with mental health problems and supported a raft of practical actions to address this from: growing aspiration and peer role models; growing specialist employability provision; making services easier to access; and working with employers to create mentally healthy workplaces in Fife.

At today’s Joint Mental Health and Employability Forum, in the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, the Delivering Differently team presented information on the research findings to over 160 people. The event celebrated the learning from nine pilot fund projects and engaged staff and service users in what needs to happen next.

Gordon Mole, Chief Officer for Business and Employability, Fife Council said, “We’re exceptionally pleased with the results that Delivering Differently have been able to deliver in a short space of time. The project has engaged with a wide range of agencies, providers and businesses and is an excellent example of partnership working. Practical help for companies, such as the Just: Ask Listen Talk toolkit, helping managers to support their workforce with mental health problems, demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach.”

Michael Kellet, Director of Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership added, “Improving the mental health and wellbeing for the people of Fife is a key priority for the Partnership. Delivering Differently has made great progress in understanding and addressing the issues relating to mental ill health and employment. The involvement of people with lived experience has been invaluable and has been key to the success of the project.”

Pegs Bailey, Strategic Coordinator for Delivering Differently said – ‘It has been an honour to work with so many amazing people on this project. Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time. If it happened to me I know I would want to be supported to get back on my feet, and to know that work would be a possibility in my future again’.

The Delivering Differently team has received funding from See Me to continue their work improving outcomes and tackling stigma associated with mental health. The funds will support the recruitment and coordination of a team of volunteers who have had experience of mental health issues.


Mental health awareness – looking good!

Body image and how we feel about our bodies has been the focus of this week’s mental health awareness. Last year the Mental Health Foundation found that 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they are overwhelmed and unable to cope. That’s one in every three people.

Body image issues can affect all of us at any age and impact on our mental health and there is a lack of research and understanding around this. We are intimately aware of the particular quirks of our own body; its strengths, wonders and limitations. And yet for too many of us, our bodies are sources of shame and distress. From an early age we are bombarded with images that define what an ‘ideal body’ looks like. The Mental Health Foundation wants to ignite a national conversation about how we can be kinder to our bodies as a guard against the individual, family and cultural influences that can lead to a worrying and sometime debilitating sense of dissatisfaction with our bodies. What we do know is that self-acceptance and self-esteem are crucial to good mental health. Comparing ourselves to others, either online or real life, can undermine these things giving rise to feelings of inadequacy.

The good news is that we can tackle body image through what children learn in school, by the way we talk about our bodies and policy change at a government level.

More info body image can be found at

Looking for training?

The Health Promotion Team run a number of training courses including:

  • Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid
  • Mentally Healthy Workplace training for managers
  • Eat well, be active, feel good
  • Building self-esteem for young people

Courses start from September 2019 at venues across Fife. Visit for more information.

What do you think about the health and social care priorities for Fife?

Priority 3 – Working with communities, partners and our workforce to transform, integrate and improve our services

We need to all work together to deliver and continually improve on the services we deliver for Fifers. We are building on the successes developed through engagement with our workforce, communities and partners but there is still more we can do.

Is this something we should progress?

Let us know what you think.

How to get involved:

These are available in different formats – call 01592 583136 if this is required.

Your views are important, please get involved.

Do you agree with the health and social care priorities in Fife?

Priority 2 – Promoting health and well being

Mental health is a key area across all communities in Fife and like the rest of the UK, demand for these services is increasing. We want to ensure that Fifers get the right help at the right time to help with recovery free from discrimination and stigma.

Do you agree?

Let us know what you think.

How to get involved:

These are available in different formats – call 01592 583136 if this is required.

Your views are important, please get involved.

Are we getting the health and social care priorities right for Fife?

Priority 1 – Working with local people and communities to address inequalities and improve health and wellbeing outcomes across Fife

We want people to feel fully informed to help make their own choices about how they live their lives and what outcomes they want to achieve. By focussing on preventing a crisis happening can have a positive impact on improving health and reducing inequalities and can reduce demand for health and social care services.

Is this an area you think we should be progressing?

Let us know what you think.

How to get involved:

These are available in different formats – call 01592 583136 if this is required.

Your views are important, please get involved.



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.


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:
  • 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.