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Welcome to my last (or maybe second last) blog of the year.  What a quick year it’s been.  Lots achieved and lots to be proud of.  Of course, progress is impossible without change and as we move towards a new year, it’s very clear that 2018 will bring both.  I want to be open and honest with you about the financial challenges we face in common with all public services. These were top of the agenda at the recent Partnership Board meeting where 17 proposals were put forward. Find out more here.

In everything we do the involvement of you and your colleagues remains vital.  When we look back at 2017 there is a wealth of fantastic work which you should be proud of.  Just one example is the light currently being shone by Macmillan Scotland on the Transforming Care After Treatment Programme (TCAT) of which Fife has played a significant part.  I was recently at an event in the Parliament about this great work with its focus on enhancing patient and carer experience.  Look out for more details in the New Year on our work to take this forward for Fife.

Our partnership with See Me and Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) continues.  Staff are sharing their personal stories through our Pass the Badge Campaign – check out their stories  – and with our promotion on social media hitting over 6,000 views and reaching over 55,000 people for this year’s World Mental Health Day, the drive to develop mental health services further in Fife has never been more in focus, with a new mental health strategy being developed by the team.

Although there are big challenges ahead, there’s lots to celebrate including our winners at the recent Scottish Health Awards and now our Modern Apprentice, Rebecca Band who is on the shortlist for the Rising Star Award in Cosla’s 2017 Public Service Awards.

As we move into the depths of winter, keeping good physical wellbeing is important as we work round the clock to deliver vital services.  When it comes to flu, we’re doing our bit in getting our flu jags but we need to do more so I encourage all of you to become a Flu Fighter – get your jag today.

As you would expect at this time of year, our Winter plan is in full swing and I’m grateful to everyone involved.

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