Severe Weather: Thank you to all staff


Thank you to each and every one of you for the huge effort being made to ensure services continue to be delivered as we go through this spell of severe weather.

These times can be challenging and as we put into action our contingency plans I am always very proud of the dedication and team work shown by all to keep people safe and supported.  With the recent weather warnings and cold icy weather set to continue please ensure you stay safe.  We will be monitoring the situation closely and issuing advice through your line managers as appropriate.  Thank you once again.



Director, Fife Health and Social Care


Director’s Blog: Reaching into communities

Our drive to develop services which reach into communities and connect people with support continues.

We are delighted to announce a £1m investment by Macmillan who are working with the Partnership and closely with the public to introduce an innovative community support programme for people affected by cancer. The voice of those affected by cancer is vital in shaping the new service and so we are hosting engagement events over February and March.

Our On Your Doorstep community website is growing with over 1700 organisations and groups with information about what services, resources, activities and groups are available within your local community.

As winter weather continues to hold, health and social care teams continue to work round the clock and services such as our START initiative continues to safely support people to return home from hospital sooner and is proving its worth.  Meet the stars of our START video where local teams talk about their work.

Over the coming months, budget will be the topic of much discussion.  We must be open and transparent about the challenge, where over the coming financial year our net budget gap even after implementation of the financial recovery plan from 2017-18 is still significant.

New medicines pressures along with increased demand for our services are just some of the reasons that define the pressure.  The Senior Leadership Team are working collectively with you, your colleagues and partners to develop a financial strategy for 2018/19 which will support the continued delivery of services to the most vulnerable whilst make every pound we spend work harder. Budget proposals will be taken to the Partnership Board on 20 March 2018 for approval.  Look out for more information over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, we must keep in mind that we still have a budget of around £490m to invest.  Our grassroots up approach activity continues on many levels. This month has seen the first Dunfermline Localities Planning Meeting take place with over 40 people in attendance.  South West area will be the last in our rolling programme, completing all 7 for Fife.   Keep up to date by visiting the Your Community pages.

In the coming months ahead will be starting to talk a lot more about community re-design.  To meet modern demands, Fife needs a more joined up care system.  We need to join care across communities and hospital services so we can respond better to peoples’ needs.


We must arrange services around the needs and assets of local communities and not around organisations.  We need to adapt systems and ways of working that have been in place for decades.   We must work together, to design and build a holistic care approach and we will be seeking views from you, and from people across Fife to help shape the future for Fife.

Seen Something? Say Something this National Adult Protection Day

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

Fife people are being urged to act on their instinct 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 20th February, 2018 aimed at raising awareness of adult harm and encouraging people to act on their gut feeling that somebody may be experiencing harm or is at risk of it.  Adult harm can take many forms, such as physical, psychological, financial, sexual harm, neglect and self-harm.

Alan Small, Independent Chair of Fife ASPC said: “If you thought a child was at risk of harm, you would do something about it. It should be no different for an adult. But many people are not aware of adult harm or of the need to act on their concerns.

Adult harm can affect anybody, but people who can’t look after themselves or find it difficult to stand up for themselves can be particularly at risk, because of their personal circumstances, or a physical or learning disability, age or illness and infirmity.

“It’s not always easy to tell if an adult is in trouble, but the signs and situations to be aware of include:

  • a person may have unexplained cuts and bruises, or refuse to talk about injuries
  • they may be confused where their money has gone, or are giving money to people for reasons that might concern you
  • they may appear unusually quiet, withdrawn or nervous around certain people, or get upset at the mention of their relationship
  • they may constantly be having people – friends or strangers – ‘hanging out’ at their house
  • they may look less well turned out than usual or hungry.

“People often have an instinctual feeling that someone is being harmed or is at risk; a sense that something is not right.   It is vital to raise your concerns – call Fife’s Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200.  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.

We all have a responsibility to look out for people in our communities and by acting, the person who is at risk could get help and become safe from harm.  If something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out.  If you’ve seen something, say something.”

For more information, visit:

Latest on Adult Support and Protection

Find the latest Adult Support and Protection information in our newsletter.  This edition contains information on:

  • Missing Person’s Working Group
  • Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill
  • Safe Space Parents’ Support Group
  • Support for people experiencing isolation and loneliness
  • Scams warning
  • Better than Well

If you or someone you know is at risk of harm or is being neglected, call the Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200.

All Adult Protection information is available at:

Affected by cancer? We want to hear from you.

Have you or someone close to you been affected by cancer?   As part of a new £1m investment, Macmillan and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership really want to hear your views and experience to help us shape and influence an innovative support service.

We are holding engagement events across Fife. The events will take place on:

  • Wednesday 28th February at Cupar County Buildings 10am-12noon, St Catherine Street, KY15 4TA
  • Tuesday 6th March at Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre 10am-12noon, 7 Pit Road, KY4 9NN
  • Wednesday 7th March at Kirkcaldy Town House 5pm-7pm, 2 Wemyssfield, KY1 1XW

Tea & coffee will be provided.  If you would like to attend or find out more information please contact Lisa on 01592 578076 or email

START team supporting people from hospital to home

 As health and social care teams continue to work round the clock responding to the increased demand over winter, a new initiative to safely support people to return home from hospital sooner is proving its worth.

Rosemary Grubb, Maureen Swanston and Jennifer Gallacher from the team talk about the huge benefit the new approach is having as they work together to keep folk in Fife living independently for longer.


Associate Director of Nursing – Acute

Message sent on behalf of Helen Wright, Director of Nursing:

Dear Colleagues

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Lynn Campbell, Head of Practice and Development Unit to the post of Associate Director of Nursing, Acute.

Lynn will bring with her a wealth of experience and knowledge to this post.  I am pleased to say that Lynn will take up this post on 29 January 2018.


GP Contract Approved

The BMA’s Scottish GP Committee (SGPC) has today taken the decision to implement the proposed new GP contract for Scotland, following strong backing in a poll of the profession.

The poll which asked if the contract should be implemented ran from 7 December 2017 to 4 January 2018 and saw the contract backed by 71.5% of participating GPs, while 28.5% were opposed.

More info in link and BMA twitter feed…

New Care Village for Methil

Proposals for a new care village in Methil are at an early stage as Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s commitment to high quality care for older people in Fife continues.

A new care village, which will replace Methilhaven Care Home, marks the second phase of the Partnership’s multi-million pound capital programme, which has already seen new care villages built in Kirkcaldy (Ostlers House), Glenrothes (Napier House) and Lumphinnans (Lindsay House).

David Heaney

David Heaney

David Heaney, Divisional General Manager (East) with Fife Health and Social Care Partnership gives more details:

“Fife’s care homes have served the community well for the last 30 to 40 years, and our investment in new care villages, alongside our Council partners, will ensure residents can enjoy living in buildings of the highest standard, providing the best quality of care for many years to come.


As we prepare to celebrate the completion of our third new care village in Lumphinnans, work is underway to plan for the next phase of our redevelopment programme which will see the replacement of our existing homes in Anstruther, Cupar and Methilhaven.

Plans will be put before Fife Council’s Policy and Co-ordination Committee in the Spring, seeking approval to develop the first of these new care villages.  The new home for Methil will see the home built on the site of the former Kirkland High School.   Although we have identified the site, plans are at a very early stage.

To assist with this work we will be undertaking various site investigations which will take the form of specialist engineers attending the site to conduct ground investigations.   We will continue to work closely with colleagues in Early Years (Education) and Housing Services to create opportunities for new service models so they benefit a wide range of the population.”

Cllr David Graham

Welcoming the news Cllr David Graham, Health and Social Care spokesperson stated:  “With people living longer we want to ensure that care supports independence and positive health and wellbeing at every stage.  Care homes play an important part in helping people flourish in their later years. Having visited both Ostlers House and Napier House, and with feedback from residents and families being extremely positive, I look forward to the seeing the plans for the new home in Methil develop.”



Director’s Blog: Kick starting 2018

Happy New Year!

We’ve kick started 2018 with pace as we saw teams across health and social care pull together in the face of massive demand.  I’ve been out and about, speaking to staff across Queen Margaret, Glenrothes and Victoria Hospitals and in offices where I can to say thanks.   I’ll do more of that in the next couple of weeks.


Teams at Queen Margaret Hospital

 Although it was a challenging time, partnership working and the discharge multi-disciplinary team pulling together, got the results required and we were still able to work in a person centred approach.”  Marjorie Melia, Social Worker, Discharge Hub, Victoria Hospital

 “Staff from all professions throughout Fife worked together to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients during this very busy and challenging time.”  Wendy Arthur, Team Manager, Older People Hospital Team based in Glenrothes

 What a show of resilience, professionalism and care in the face of such pressure with colleagues working on days off and doing extremely long hours.   Huge thanks to everyone involved.  I am extremely proud of our services.  But, of course, winter isn’t behind us yet.  Which is a timely reminder.  If you haven’t had your flu jab – get it now!

In other news, this month sees the launch our Fife Carer Strategy Consultation ahead of legislation which comes into force in April.  Running from now until the 23 February, the voice of unpaid carers will shape and inform our Carers Strategy for Fife (2018-2021) so I encourage colleagues who are in contact with unpaid carers to ask them to get involved. Indeed, you may be a carer yourself.  We need to hear your views.

Our Guest Blog features Health Promotions Manager, Ruth Bennett and the campaigns which the team are leading.

Looking ahead, and in light of the Scottish Government draft budget announcement in December 2017, we are working with our key funding partners to understand the financial impact for the Health and Social Care Partnership.

It is clear at this early stage that next year will see a significant financial challenge.  We will have to work closer together than ever to bring about the transformation required across and within services.

Last year we saw many fantastic examples of innovation, many of which are highlighted in the Change Project section of our re-vamped webpages (which includes a new section for staff – Let’s Connect.)  These underline the invaluable knowledge, expertise, skills, experience and resilience you and your teams bring in order to deliver complex change whilst keep the needs of the person at the heart.  I am confident that together, we can build on these successes as we go through 2018.