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.

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

 

 

 

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

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 2019, designed to raise awareness of how some adults are harmed or abused and encourages people to act on their gut feeling when they see things that point to that happening to someone they know. Harm and abuse takes many forms; physical, psychological, financial, sexual harm, neglect and self-harm but there are signs and clues that indicate something’s happening.

Alan Small, Independent Chair of Fife ASPC said: “People often have an instinctive feeling that someone is being harmed or is at risk; a sense that something is not right. 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 on other’s privacy 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. 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 and something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out. If you’ve seen something, say something. For more information, visit fifedirect.org.uk/adultprotection or follow our stories about how adult protection intervention has had a positive outcome, on the Fife Council Facebook page.

Fife participation in See Me’s Time to Talk Day

Today is Time to Talk day, which is being led in Scotland by See Me, the programme to end mental health discrimination, aims to get people all over the UK starting meaningful conversations on mental health. Fife Health and Social Care Partnership are working to provide help and advice on mental health issues in a number of ways.

Fife is one of the national pilot areas for Health & Work Support which provides specialist support for people experiencing mental health problems in the workplace. Health and Work Support is a single point of contact for people who live and work in Fife. It allows people with a health issue or a disability who are struggling to stay at work or recently unemployed, to get fast access to support. Employers have an important role to play and the service can help with policies and procedures, mental health training for managers and other workers, and provide lots of resources and information. Everything is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. To find our more contact the Health and Work Support Service on 0800 019 2211 or visit www.healthandworksupport.scot.

Calum Irving, See Me director, said: “Less than half of us feel comfortable speaking about our mental health, especially when we’re struggling. The fear of being judged, or even discriminated against in work, at school, or when asking for help, stops people reaching out.
“But conversations have the power to change lives, however they take place, whether face to face, over the phone, or on social media using #TimeToTalk.”
Time to Talk Day is UK-wide, with Time to Change in England partnering with See Me in Scotland, Change Your Mind Northern Ireland and Time to Change Wales.

Malcolm Joss is an Fife Health & Social Care occupational therapist and Case Manager who conducts workplace assessments added: “Health and Work Support is a free and confidential service for people living and/or working in Fife. We support people at work who are struggling with their physical or mental health. We complete a full holistic assessment and together with the client, identify a plan which may include referral to physiotherapy or psychological therapies. We can also offer workplace assessments and plans to help the employee remain at work without having to take time off.

Listen out for Health and Work Support information on Kingdom FM radio all this week.

To make it easier for adults in Fife to obtain psychological help for common emotional problems a new website has recently been launched, Access Therapies Fife https://www.accesstherapiesfife.scot.nhs.uk/.

Health and Social Care partners in Fife are also coming together to develop a shared Work and Wellbeing Strategy and emphasise the important need to Just Ask and Just Talk.