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Director’s Blog: Welcome to our new site

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Welcome to our brand new one stop shop for staff news and updates about what is going on in and around the Partnership. This site is a step towards a more creative, timely and responsive channel of communication for you and your colleagues. This is in response to the feedback from staff as we start to deliver large programmes of transformation across the Partnership to bring care closer to home.

Mindful of our front line colleagues, we’ve made our staff site available through the new public website so information can be accessed from home. Updates and briefings will still continue through your line management as team briefing sessions.  All colleagues can subscribe to my monthly Blog.  This will give you an alert to your mobile phone as another way to connect with what’s going on when you are out and about. Indeed we want to hear from you.  Have you got an idea on how we can make services better for people or improve the way we work together? Click on the new Bright Ideas Button to get them in to me and the team.

So, check out the site and let us know what you think by dropping a line to Connie.flint@fife.gov.uk We want to hear from you!

Michael

Kingdom Shopping Centre becomes first dementia friendly business in Glenrothes

The Kingdom Shopping Centre is the first business in Glenrothes to be recognised as being dementia-friendly through the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes initiative.

 

Launched last year, the initiative is a partnership between The Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Alzheimer Scotland and aims to support people living with dementia to remain a valued part of their community.  This includes supporting people to continue to shop, use public transport or visit places like local cafes or sports centres.

 

With over 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and the number on the rise, increasing greater awareness and understanding of dementia and helping communities to be more inclusive of those living with dementia is a key mission to help make sure nobody faces dementia alone. Businesses are just one section of society who have a big role to play and the Kingdom Shopping Centre management team have been keen to play their part.

 

Newly appointed Council Spokesperson for Health & Social Care, Cllr. David Graham stated: “I very much welcome this initiative for Glenrothes and congratulate the Kingdom Shopping Centre on becoming the first dementia friendly site. Supporting people living with dementia to participate fully in community life is vital.  The Glenrothes Dementia Friendly campaign is one strand of work underway to help deliver the Fife Dementia Strategy (2010-2020) where the aim is to support local people living with dementia to lead independent lives for as long as possible.”

 

Sharron McCormick, Marketing Executive, from the Kingdom Shopping Centre, said: “Every week we receive over a 100,000 visitors throughout our shopping centre and we want to make their experience as enjoyable as possible. When we were approached by the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes partnership, we quickly realised how important this initiative was and knew we had to get involved. At the earliest point, we signed a letter to show our commitment. The learning session was very easy for staff to put into use and we quickly realised that small changes can often make a big difference.”  

 

“The majority of our staff have become Dementia Friends and have appointed a Dementia Lead who will support new staff to become Dementia Friends and who will deliver our long term goals for the Centre.  In the meantime, we have improved ramp signage to the Rothes Halls and, over the coming weeks, we will be rolling out Dementia Friendly Glenrothes campaign window stickers.”

 

Amanda Hunter, Project Manager for the Glenrothes Dementia Friendly campaign, welcomes the support and commitment from of the Kingdom Shopping Centre and calls on more businesses to get involved across Fife. Amanda, commented:  “We are thrilled to announce that the Kingdom Shopping Centre is the first to be classed as a dementia-friendly business through our local initiative. Through awareness sessions, good communication and developing the skills and knowledge of their teams, the Centre has taken great steps to support people who have dementia so that their shopping and social experience is more relaxed and enjoyable. We will continue to build on this fantastic work by encouraging as many shops and businesses within the centre to get involved.”

 

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 Tel: 01592 803800 or by Email: ahunter@alzscot.org.  

New Carers Support Service in Victoria Hospital

A new outreach service, dedicated to supporting carers has been launched by Fife Health and Social Care Partnership in partnership with NHS Fife and the Fife Carers Centre. 

Introduced as a direct result of engaging face to face with 50 carers and patients, the service is now available for anyone with caring responsibilities where the person they care for is currently in Victoria Hospital. The service can be accessed at any point during a hospital admission and no appointment is necessary.

Sandra Morris, the Hospital Carer Support Worker gives more details: “I am here to offer support and information on issues affecting carers whilst someone is in hospital or after they leave.   This could be helping to ensure the carer is adequately supported in their caring role, advice and assistance with welfare benefits, information on what other services may be available for the carer or the person they care for, or just to provide a listening ear.   My services can be requested through ward nurses, the discharge team or through the Fife Carers Centre.I can visit either on the ward or within the Carers and Patient Information Point, located just at the main entrance of the Victoria Hospital by reception.”

Welcoming the new service, Morna Fleming, Carers’ representative on the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership Board stated:   “I very much welcome this new service for Fife.  When a loved one is admitted to the Victoria hospital, the family and friends who care for them can have particular worries and questions not only about what they can do during the person’s stay, but what can happen after they leave the hospital bed.  This initiative within the Victoria is a direct result of engaging with carers and is a positive example of partnership working.”