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 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:




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:


Please watch the promotional video (video is approx 1 minute long):



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



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.








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.



Care At Home Team Fife Business Awards 2018 Finalists

Care at HomeCongratulations to everyone in Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s Care At Home Service who have been made it through as finalists in the Fife Business Awards 2018.

Their submission, under the category ‘Success Through Innovation’, tells the story of the roll out of Total Mobile across Fife, where the use of cutting edge technology has led to real improvements in the scheduling of home care appointments.

All 900 Home Carers have been issued with smart phones and can now see their daily rotas and respond to real time changes, all at the touch of a button.     The solution has been developed so that it is dynamic and flexible enough to respond to last minute rota changes.

Since its roll out just over a year ago, local teams are completing an average of 22,000 visits per week while the Service overall has generated more than 30% additional capacity to take on new service users through more efficient scheduling.  It’s not much wonder the submission caught the eye of the judges!

David Heaney, Divisional General Manager (East) oversees the Home Care Service who led this innovative transformation:

“Huge congratulations to everyone involved. We are very proud that the Service who has worked alongside Fife Council’s Business Technology Solution and Totalmobile, who provide the technical platform, to deliver a solution of this scale and complexity within the Care at Home environment.

Our staff’s knowledge, experience and creativity have been key to developing this unique solution.  Being shortlisted as finalists is a testament to everyone’s hard work, time and patience and they should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Jim Darragh, CEO at Totalmobile stated:   “I’m delighted to learn that Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, working together with ourselves and Fife Council have been shortlisted as a finalist. At Totalmobile we have seen first-hand the forward thinking approach that has been taken to mobile working throughout, particularly within the Partnership’s Care At Home team. The efficiencies generated and improvements in productivity are fantastic.”

The winners will be announced at Fife Business Awards Ceremony to be held on Friday 23rd March 2018 at the Glen Pavilion in Dunfermline.  Good luck everyone.

Are you prepared for winter?

Winter can be a difficult time, especially for many older people or people living with a disability.  Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership has published a leaflet containing all the important information you need to make this winter a bit easier.

The Helping older people and people with a disability in winter’ leaflet provides advice and tips on how to take care of yourself and others. It includes vital contact details for various services and organisations, as well as frequently asked questions (FAQ’s). Nearly 8,000 copies have been distributed throughout Fife over the past few weeks and the information is also available on Fife Direct.

Michael Kellet, Director of Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership said:

“This leaflet provides people with the information they need to stay safe and well this winter. Accessible for all, people with older or disabled neighbours, relatives or friends would find this useful.  Top tips on how to keep the home warm, stock up on food and order the right amount of medication are provided as well as contact details for different services and support.  This can make all the difference to someone this winter.  Importantly, if you are concerned about someone please contact 01383 441177 to get advice.”


Tips in the leaflet include:

  • Set your heating 18–21°C to keep your home warm and your bills as low as possible.
  • Get financial support. There are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills.
  • Eat well. Food is vital to keeping warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day.
  • Keep cupboards stocked up with items such as long-life milk, tinned soup, meats and vegetables, ready cooked meals and bread.
  • You can get a free jab from your GP to protect against seasonal flu if you are over 65, have a Long-term health condition, are pregnant or a carer.
  • Look after older or disabled neighbours or relatives to make sure that they are safe and well.


Useful contacts:

  • Social Care services 03451 55 15 03
  • Sign up for email or text alerts (
  • Adult Protection Helpline 01383 602200
  • Faults and Repairs 03451 55 00 11
  • Out of Hours Emergencies 03451 55 00 99
  • NHS 24 (24hr) 111 •


Dementia Friendly status for Glenwood Dental Centre

Glenwood Dental Centre which is part of the NHS Fife Public Dental service is proud to have achieved Dementia Friendly status.

The Dementia Friendly Glenrothes initiative is a partnership project between Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, Glenrothes Area Committee, Fife Council and Alzheimer Scotland. It aims to support people living with dementia and their carers to remain a valued and active part of their community, helping them continue to access the services and businesses that are important to them.

Dawn Adams, Clinical Director, Public Dental Service, NHS Fife commented “Good oral health is important for everyone, especially those living with dementia:

“There is evidence that oral health can decline as dementia progresses leading to pain, tooth loss and difficulties wearing dentures. A healthy mouth is important for eating, speaking and improves self-esteem. It is therefore important people living with dementia continue to receive regular dental care to avoid developing problems with their teeth and gums.   With this award people living with dementia and their carers can be confident they will receive a warm welcome at Glenwood Dental Centre.

Dawn continued: “The clinic building is designed to be easily accessible and dementia friendly. Many of the dentists in the clinic hold additional qualifications in Special Care Dentistry but all of the staff have undertaken dementia friendly training and understand the difficulties people living with dementia and their carers may face coming to the dentist.”

The Public Dental Service operates throughout Fife and provides dental care for people who have difficulty accessing general dental services. It includes accessible clinics across Fife, home visits for housebound people and dental services to care homes across Fife.

Amanda Hunter (Project Manager) joins the team at Glenwood Dental Centre

Amanda Hunter, Project Manager for the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes project said: “We were pleased to be approached by the Glenwood Dental Centre who were keen to be involved with our project. The Dental Centre already had many facilities in place to support people living with dementia – for example; an alternative seating area for use if the waiting area became too busy and overwhelming, good lighting and had trained staff.  Staff are also able to offer a service to remind people of appointment times. As a result of getting involved in the dementia friendly work, their signage to help direct people into the clinic was improved and they also arranged a Dementia Friends awareness session for staff who had not attended training previously.”

Businesses, services and community groups across Glenrothes who are interested in getting involved with the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes initiative can do so by contacting Amanda Hunter from Alzheimer Scotland on:

For more information on living with dementia and service that can help click here.


Shining examples hit the press

Our very own Angela Harley and Evelyn Thomson from Social Work’s Older Peoples team in Glenrothes have been given public praise for their “support, professionalism and sensitivity”.

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In a letter to this week’s Glenrothes Gazette, Ms Bayliss, Ladybank, gave thanks on behalf of her and her family for the support and care provided as they came to terms with her husband’s dementia.  In her words they are a “credit to their department”.    Well done and thank you to Ms Bayliss for her kind recognition of the team.