It’s Adult Protection Day

If you think an adult is being harmed, get it checked out.  It’s right to act on your instinct.

Today we’re raising awareness of how some adults are harmed or abused and to encourage people to act on their gut feeling and say something when they see things that point to that happening to someone they know or come across. Harm and abuse can take many forms; physical, psychological, financial, sexual harm, neglect and self-harm but there are usually signs and clues that indicate something out of the ordinary might be happening.

We all have a responsibility to look out for people in our communities.

The message is simple – if you think an adult is at risk of harm or something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out. If you’ve seen something, say something.

For more information, visit fife.gov.uk/adultprotection.  You can also follow on Twitter at #AdultProtection #SeenSomethingSaySomething.

The latest edition of the Adult Protection newsletter is also available here.

Seen Something? Say Something

If you think an adult’s being harmed, get it checked out.  It’s right to act on your instinct.

Fifers are being urged to act if they think an adult is being harmed, neglected or taken advantage of, says Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee (ASPC).  The ASPC is supporting National Adult Protection Day on 20 February 2020, designed to raise awareness of how some adults are harmed or abused and to encourage people to act on their gut feeling when they see things that point to that happening to someone they know or come across. Harm and abuse takes many forms; physical, psychological, financial, sexual harm, neglect and self-harm but there are usually signs and clues that indicate something out of the ordinary might be happening.

Alan Small, Independent Chair of Fife ASPC said: “People often have an instinctive feeling that things aren’t right and someone may be being harmed or is at risk of harm.  By acting on this, and calling Fife Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200 the person at risk could get support and become safe from harm.

“We know sometimes people don’t want to get involved, for fear of being seen to intrude or that they might be wrong about the situation.  But it is vital to raise your concerns.   And it is safe to do – you don’t need to provide your personal details; the Social Work Service will check the situation sensitively, and support will be given, if needed.

“Harm and abuse can affect anybody, but adults who can’t look after themselves or find it difficult to stand up for themselves may be at greater risk due to their personal circumstances, or because of a physical or learning disability, illness or infirmity. They may also be targeted and befriended by others who are looking to use them and their homes for illegal activities, known as ‘cuckooing’.”

We all have a responsibility to look out for people in our communities.

The message is simple – if you think an adult is at risk of harm or something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out. If you’ve seen something, say something.

For more information, visit fife.gov.uk/adultprotection.  You can also follow on Twitter at #AdultProtection #SeenSomethingSaySomething.

New bus big success

Local lad Gerry King popped along to meet with Fife Council’s Safer Transport Team and to check out their new bus.

Gerry was diagnosed with early onset dementia a few years ago and has been actively helping the Partnership’s Ruth McCabe promote awareness of dementia in Fife and look for ways to improve environments so those living with dementia can live well with the condition.

The new bus got the thumbs up from Gerry.

Two local organisations pick up COSLA Excellence awards

Congratulations to Small Sparks and SAM’s Café who each picked up a bronze award in the Local Matters category of this year’s COSLA Excellence awards. Both organisations have supported the people of Fife in various ways and it is excellent that they are recognised for their contribution.

Small Sparks is helping to bring individuals and communities together by providing a small grant to make new connections and a difference in their local communities – projects range from community gardening projects to craft and support groups, all helping to reduce isolation.

SAM’s Café is providing out of hours mental health support. Peer support workers who have a lived experience of mental health problems, are supporting others and providing hope in a safe and comfortable space.

A great achievement, well done.

 

It’s National Power of Attorney Day

Do you have Power of Attorney?
People across Scotland are being encouraged to plan for the future by obtaining Power of Attorneys (POA) to protect the wishes of relatives and friends in the event of illness or accidents.

There may come a point in all our lives when we have to help and support others such as elderly relatives, or receive help and support ourselves. But what if, due to accident or illness, the person needing support has lost capacity?

Many people think that as their next of kin or family member they will automatically be able to do this – wrong!

Decisions can only be taken on behalf of another person, if they have Power of Attorney in place

POA is a legal document giving a nominated person authority to act or make decisions on your behalf if you lose capacity and are no longer able to look after your financial or personal affairs.

It allows you to choose who should decide personal welfare issues in the future (e.g. where you live/who looks after you etc).

Do you have one?
It’s for people like you, it’s for anyone over 16

Want to know more? Visit www.mypowerofattorney.org.uk

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A year on … the Improving Cancer Journey Service is making a difference to people living in Fife

A ground-breaking new service which ensures cancer patients in Fife are offered emotional, practical and financial support has reached an important milestone. In the last 12 months over 600 people have now had their concerns addressed by the Fife Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey service, a joint partnership between the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The good news is that, with advances in treatment, more people than ever are surviving and people who are living with cancer are often living longer. We know that the impact of cancer does not suddenly stop when the treatment is over. People often have to deal with the long-term effects of treatment or other health conditions that can have a huge impact on health, wellbeing and independence. Many of them often don’t know where to go for help coping with the impact it can have on their lives beyond the physical effects. This is where the Fife Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey Service (ICJ) is making a difference.

The ICJ link workers provide a person-centred approach and discuss “what matters” to the person.

Julie Paterson, Divisional General Manager (Fife-wide), Fife Health & Social Care Partnership said: “This is an extremely valuable service for those in Fife living with cancer. Everyone deals with cancer differently and we want to make sure that those impacted by cnacer are aware of the service and how we can continue to support them to live as well as possible.”

Pamela Harrower from Blairhall was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2018

The news came as a complete shock. I had no symptoms and was the healthiest I had felt in a while. My medical team were fantastic and during treatment I was so focused on getting through it that I didn’t have time to think about anything else. However, once treatment finished I felt I needed even more support. Thankfully I had received information about the Improving Cancer Journey and gave the team a call. 

“My link worker Sharon Breeze talked through everything with me which was such a relief. It felt like the first time I had properly talked about it all. She broke down all our concerns and addressed each of them, from money worries to fitness and my mental health”.

Scottish Government and Macmillan Cancer Support announced joint funding of £18m to enable everyone diagnosed with cancer in Scotland to have access to a dedicated support worker through the Transforming Cancer Care programme.

Pamela Harrower and Sharon Breeze were invited along to the announcement delivered by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Health Minister Jeanne Freeman to share their experiences.

To find out more about how the Improving the Cancer Journey can help, call the service on 01592 578076 or email  improving.cancerjourney@fife.gov.uk.

Additional information:
Improving Cancer Journey website

 

Are you healthy and active? Falls Awareness Week 23-29 September 2019

Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS Fife, Fife Council, Fife Voluntary Action and the Scottish Fire Service will be out and about in community venues this Falls Awareness Week 

By getting or staying healthy and active we can all reduce our risk of falls. Dr John Kennedy and Dr Sue Pound are the leads in healthy ageing for NHS Fife and Health and Social Care Partnership and want to encourage people of all ages to do regular physical activity to increase balance, strength, and flexibility. Sue and John note that “People often think that falls are an inevitable part of ageing; you can reduce that risk by adding some strength and balance exercises into your daily routine – at all ages!”

There are also simple changes we can make in our homes to remove falls risks. Think about your lighting, where you keep things and removing clutter. Smartlife Fife is a great on-line self assessment tool to help people age well. If you have had a fall or are feeling unstable, don’t wait, discuss this with a health or social care professional, get your vision checked, have your pharmacist review your medications or drop in at a ‘Well’ to discuss your concerns. 

New Interim Director of Health & Social Care appointed

Nicky Connor has been appointed as the Interim Director of Health and Social Care, for the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership. 

Nicky Conner

Fife has led the way in developing a partnership approach to health and social care services. This interim role is to enable a seamless transfer of leadership to ensure that the Partnership remains focused on delivering its strategic vision, mission and outcomes for the people of Fife whilst a new Director is appointed. 

Nicky is currently the partnership’s Associate Director of Nursing (Fife wide) and brings to the interim post over 20 years’ experience as a nurse covering a diversity of acute, specialist and community roles.  

Nicky succeeds Michael Kellet, who has stepped down, after three years as Director of Health and Social Care to take up a new role at the Scottish Government. 

Chair of the Partnership’s Integration Joint Board (IJB), Cllr Rosemary Liewald welcomed the news stating:   

“Following a rigorous internal recruitment process, we are delighted to have appointed Nicky to the post of Interim director of health and social care in Fife. Nicky has worked with Fife Health and Social Care Partnership since it was established and has been instrumental in driving forward a wide range of initiatives.

“Her interim appointment will help to ensure that the Partnership remains focused on delivering its strategic vision, mission and outcomes for the people of Fife whilst a new Director is appointed.”