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…

https://www.bma.org.uk/news/media-centre/press-releases/2018/january/decision-to-implement-new-gp-contract-after-strong-backing-from-profession

https://twitter.com/bmascotland?lang=en

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.”

 

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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.

Michael

Director

 

 

 

Health Promotion: Ruth Bennett

Ruth Bennett, Health Promotion Manager, Health Promotion Service gives an insight into how the team are working to reduce health inequalities and improve the wellbeing of people in Fife.

Our work is to support and encourage Fifers to achieve their full potential, stay well and develop skills and confidence so they have more control over their own health and wellbeing.

Our team is made up of over 50 people with a vast variety of knowledge, skills and expertise which we use to reach out to a broad range of people across Fife, from young children to older people, this makes our work wide and varied.

Health Promotion Service

We help individuals to stop smoking in a range of ways which includes our Smoke Free Saturday sessions in Leven Library, Stop Smoking Clinics throughout Fife as well as our ‘What’s In Your Lungs Campaign’ where our mobile unit heads out into the community to offer people a free, no appointment necessary check to see how much carbon monoxide is in their lungs and offer free quick and easy advice to quit the cigs.

The localities team go into the heart of the communities in Fife to identify where their specialist advice and expertise could support community members to work together to achieve the best health outcome for residents.

Our workplace teams visit a range of businesses and services across Fife to help them reduce short and long-term absence, minimise the risk of accidents and near misses and increase worker engagement.  Not only does this support a healthier, happier workforce but also makes financial sense, with workplaces making cost savings as a result.

We also support the education of students and pupils to live healthier lifestyle, recently visiting Fife Colleges’ Levenmouth Campus and working closely with college staff.

For more details on all aspects of our service see our Health Promotion Service leaflet  or contact us on 01592 226484 or fife_uhb.healthpromotion@nhs.net and we will direct you to the right person to meet your needs.

Are you an unpaid carer? Fife Carer Strategy Consultation launched

Do you work with families or people in the community who are unpaid carers?   Do you also care for a family member, friend or loved one or know someone who does?

Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership has launched a six week ‘Fife Carer Strategy Consultation’  to hear your views and capture feedback on what matters to you.

Carer Strategy Consultation

There is a large number of people who support or care for family and friends on a regular basis in an unpaid capacity, giving freely of their time and energy. Their dedication is enormously valuable and their support helps a large number of people to live in their own homes and communities.

In April 2018 the Scottish Government will implement the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 and Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership is developing a Carers Strategy for 2018-2021 to support unpaid carers in the Kingdom.

David Heaney, Divisional General Manager with Fife Health and Social Care Partnership gives more details:  “We know that unpaid carers play a vital role in our communities.  When it comes to shaping services and knowing how we can improve the carers’ experience of health and social care, we are taking a proactive approach.

Fife’s strategy must reflect and respond to unpaid carers needs now and in the years ahead, so we need to know what to change, adapt, do more of, or stop doing.  The consultation actively seeks carers’ input as we need to hear about what matters and makes a difference to them so whatever we do now and in the future is effective and meaningful as possible.  This consultation is an opportunity for unpaid carers to have their voice heard and I encourage as many unpaid carers to take part as possible.”

Mhairi Lochhead from Fife Carers Centre, welcomed the approach:

“It is really important that carers are able to say what their experience of services are, what helps or what could make a difference. Many carers might not think to take part in the consultation, but for Fife’s Carer Strategy to be effective, carers need to say what is important to them. We will be encouraging and supporting carers to respond to the consultation, to help ensure as wide a range of views as possible are gathered.”

Get involved

The consultation runs from 8 January until the 23 February 2018.   Click here to take part.

To request a hard copy contact Scott Fissenden on 03451 55 55 55 ext 401698 or e-mail:  CarersActSurvey@fife.gov.uk

 

 

 

New Getting It Right for Every Child ( GIRFEC) website

Fife’s new Getting it Right for Every Child website has been developed in response to feedback from local professionals and aims to support all practitioners who work with children, young people and their families.

 

The site brings together a wide range of materials and information. This includes national guidance and links to sites, policy and governance frameworks and local practice guidance i.e. Child Wellbeing Pathway, Childs Plan Guidance, Chronology Guidance and the Our Minds Matter Framework.

 

It also hosts our new Service Information Directory which allows users to search for appropriate support services in their local area.

 

The site will be updated regularly and aims to  provide a ‘one stop shop’ for practitioners across the children services partnership in Fife.

 

Site address: GIRFEC.fife.scot

 

Please watch the promotional video (video is approx 1 minute long): http://sho.co/19D97

 

 

Be a hero in the battle against flu

Thought you were too late to get your flu jab? Think again!

We’re seeing flu in massive numbers in our hospitals and in the community. The best way to protect yourself, your family and people in your care is to get vaccinated, so get along to the clinics!

  • 11 Jan 18 –  Rm 8, Adamson Hospital  (9am-12pm)

This clinic doesn’t suit?  The Immunisation Team will be vaccinating at Victoria Hospital w/c 15 Jan 2018. Get in touch using the details below to arrange vaccination.

Phone: 01592 643355 Ext 35456

Email: fife-uhb.mcip@nhs.net

 

Winter Pressure – Thank you to all staff

Message from Michael Kellet, Director:

Winter time is always challenging for front line health and social care teams and the last few weeks have been busier than ever.   Health and social care colleagues and partners have made a phenomenal effort over the festive period and continue to do so in the coming weeks of winter.

Teams at Queen Margaret Hospital

 

Today, I visited both Queen Margaret Hospital and Glenrothes Hospital to speak to colleagues who have been working over the festive period including physiotherapists, in-patient wards, ICASS, hospital at home, hospital social work teams and many more, all of whom have gone above and beyond in the face of increased demand to keep people safe.   This also includes our partners in the third and independent sector across our care homes and home care services who were very responsive to the demand, at very short notice.  Thank you again to all involved in keeping our services going 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Director’s Blog: Festive Wishes

The countdown to Christmas and New Year is in full swing and we end the year on a high note. I am delighted to announce that the Care At Home team has been shortlisted as finalists in the Fife Business Awards 2018 for the successful roll out of Total MobileCongratulations.  This fantastic achievement epitomises the resilience, compassion and hard work of colleagues across the Partnership.  Despite the complexity and challenges we face, you and your colleagues are achieving great things and making a difference to peoples’ lives each and every day.  Check out the lovely letter from a service user following support from Older People team colleagues.

I am mindful that many of you will be working over Christmas and New Year, spending time away from your families and loved ones to support others.  Thank you to everyone for your commitment, care and support for people and indeed, the comradeship and support for each other.   I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2018.

Michael