iMatters Reminder

Staff are reminded that iMatters team discussions and action points needed to be completed by the relevant team manager by 17th November.

This is a crucial part of the iMatters process and allows all staff to play an active role in considering the workings of their team and any improvements that can be made.

Any outstanding discussions or action planning points should be finalised by this date.

Alcohol Awareness Week 2017, 13-19 November: ‘Alcohol and Families’

Alcohol Concern have announced this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week (AAW) will take place from 13-19 of November on the theme of ‘Alcohol and Families’. The charity, which has recently merged with Alcohol Research UK, has partnered with Adfam, a charity that supports families affected by drugs and alcohol.

As with previous years, Alcohol Concern hope AAW will prompt conversations about the impact of alcohol, this year ‘to help break the cycle of silence and stigma that is all too often experienced by families’. This may also help people access services or support either directly or via signposting from professionals.

Alcohol Concern will release online resources that will be free to download, including:

  • Expert factsheets on various issues associated with alcohol and families
  • An easy to understand, visual depiction of the Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines for low-risk drinking for print and social media use
  • A bank for statistics for you to use

To receive this pack directly to your email, please click here. Alcohol Concern will be sharing information, resources and stories throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #AAW2017. Family members who have been affected by a relative’s drinking and wish to share their story can get in touch with Alcohol Concern at contact@alcoholconcern.org.uk.

More information can also be found on the Adfam website.

Napier House Care Home officially open

Residents and staff of Napier House Glenrothes celebrated the official opening of the new sixty bed state-of–the-art care home. The £7.1m Napier House is the new home for residents who previously stayed in Alan McLure and South Parks care homes and moved in at the end of August. The care home also provides day services for up to 20 older people from the local area who can come along, make friends and have fun.

Cllr David Alexander, Cllr Julie Ford, Cllr David Ross – ribbon cutting

Co-Leader of Fife Council Cllr David Ross said: “Napier House provides the highest quality care and will allow integrated models of care to be developed to meet the individual needs of every resident. It’s great to see residents in their new state of the art accommodation and hear how they are settling in. All the feedback we have had so far is extremely positive and very appreciative of the warm, friendly and comfortable environment.”

Co-Leader of Fife Council Cllr David Alexander said: “The care our residents at Alan McClure and South Parks received was always excellent and both had a good reputation. Napier House will build on this and the new facilities will provide an environment which will enhance the level of support already provided for the residents. Person centred care combined with activities and entertainment will stimulate and enhance their lives and enable residents to enjoy life as much as they possibly can.”

Michael Kellet Director of Health & Social Care added: “The completion of Napier House is a wonderful achievement and has come to fruition through an amazing collaboration between many partners. Everyone involved has worked hard work to build and create an environment that will bring the maximum possible benefit to the residents.”

The opening of Napier House marks the completion of the first phase of the Care Village that will be built on the site.The Care Village will also include 30 extra care housingin a two storey ‘complex’ which includes a communal lounge area for tenants and a café area for the residents, families and wider community to enjoy. The one and two bedroomed properties will be allocated to people who are over 60 and require supervised accommodation.

Contact: Alison Marrs, Unit Manager 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 47 34 87 Contact Alison Marrs online
By Post: 300 Napier Road Glenrothes Fife KY6 1BF

Supporting Hard-Up Households – New Training Available – Free of Charge

Poverty affects a significant proportion of the Fife population and can have a big impact on many areas of peoples’ lives.  This can include their mental health and wellbeing, their ability to develop skills, find or maintain employment and can threaten basic needs such as access to food and housing.

The imminent roll out of full service Universal Credit will create additional challenges for many and there is also increasing evidence about the numbers of people currently working who are struggling to make ends meet.

Fife Partnership are offering the following free training to support all public and voluntary sector workers in Fife with these challenges.  The courses are suitable for people who have little experience of supporting service users with these issues, to those who wish to update their knowledge and skills in these areas.  They are not designed to provide in-depth detail on welfare benefits e.g calculating benefit entitlements.

This programme complements the sessions offered earlier this year focussing on poverty awareness and supporting specific groups of people affected by changes to the benefit system.

The courses are funded by Fife Partnership, through its recommendations in Fairness Matters, the report from the Fairer Fife Commission to address poverty and inequality in Fife.

To book a place please complete the application form or contact Kelly Higgins on 01592 226561 (internal 46561) or at Kelly.Higgins@nhs.net

Register for elearning at http://elearning.cpag.org.uk

Contact: Lyndsey Maricic, Policy Officer 

Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 61 38 Contact Lyndsey Maricic online
By Post: Fife Council Brunton House High Street Cowdenbeath Fife KY4 9QU

National Meals on Wheels Week

Pupils from Levenmouth Academy are helping to celebrate National Meals On Wheels Week in Fife. Four young people volunteered to accompany the Meals on wheels drivers as they deliver hot meals around the Kingdom.

Chloe Gourlay a fourth year student said: “It was awesome! I really enjoyed going out in the van to make the deliveries and meet some of the older residents Fife. The drivers have a lot of people to visit and meals to deliver but they are always friendly and I could see why the Meals on wheels service has such a good reputation and is so much appreciated. I saw lots of happy smiles and laughter and it was a great experience.”

Fife’s Meals On Wheels Service not only provides a hot  two course lunch for over 700 residents daily but an important contact for some clients who may not otherwise have the chance for social interaction.

Pupils from Levenmouth Academy deliver Meals on Wheels

Keith Breasley Service Manager said: “Even in Fife Council not everyone knows about this vital service to provide balanced and tasty meals to older people. So this week we are holding tasting sessions for council staff in all our facilities. Not only can employees see and taste the food the service provides but will have the opportunity of finding out more about Meals On Wheels and the benefits it offers.”

Contact: Keith Breasley, Service Manager (Hospitality Services) 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 59 38 Fax: 01592 583443 Contact Keith Breasley online
By Post: Fife Council Bankhead Central Bankhead Park Glenrothes Fife KY7 6GH

What’s new in Adult Support & Protection?

Find out what’s new in Adult Support & Protection by downloading the October newsletter of the Adult Support & Protection Committee. 

This edition gives details of:

  • SMS emergency service
  • Contact Scotland BSL service
  • Hate Crime
  • Ill treatment & wilful neglect
  • Carers Rights Day
  • Surviving Christmas

Seen Something?  Say Something.  If you or someone you know is at risk of harm or neglect, call the Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200.

 Contact: Shona McEwan, Engagement & Participation Co-ordinator 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 21 34 Contact Shona McEwan online
By Post: Fife Safety Camera Partnership Police Scotland Detroit Road Glenrothes Fife KY6 2RJ

Start Living Stop Stressing! is the national theme for National Stress Day, 1st November 2017

To support the promotion of National Stress Day the Workplace Team, in partnership with the Information Resource Centre (IRC), has put together a small pack to support workplaces raise awareness of stress prevention and wellbeing.

Pack includes;

  • How to look after your mental health booklet
  • Fife Step on Stress Course leaflet/Moodcafe cards
  • Keeping connected Leaflets
  • Sunflower posters
  • Mindful colouring in books

To order a pack click here to access HPAC (if you are not already registered please click on the registration button in the top right). If you have any difficulties in accessing a pack please contact fife-uhb.infocentre@nhs.net

For Start Living Stop Stressing resources click here to the ISMA website for downloadable material.

If you are looking for Stress and Mental Heath training opportunities please review the Health Promotion Training Programme and Health Scotland’s online module

Guest Blog: Mental Health – Calum Irving

Calum Irving, Director with See Me puts the spotlight on the importance of joint working to tackle the stigma that surrounds mental health.

Calum Irving

See Me and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership have been working together over this last year to tackle mental health stigma across various aspects of people’s lives.

The chance for See Me to work with the Partnership was great for us, as we are strengthening our focus on changing negative attitudes and behaviours towards mental health, within health and social care.

To really make a change, we need to work with organisations who have the greatest potential to enhance our reach and impact. Any change we make needs to be sustainable so we can work together effectively in communities facing the greatest inequalities.

The biggest event we have worked on with the Partnership this year is the simultaneous Walk a Mile events in March at Stratheden Hospital and in Silverburn Park.

The idea of Walk a Mile started with health care. Working with activist Chris McCullough Young we wanted to create a campaign which would bring people in health care together, to Walk a Mile in each other’s shoes, where people using the services and those working in them, could see each other as the people they really are, not the labels they have.

So it was fantastic to have the two walks in Fife, which aimed to do exactly that, and spread the vital message, that it is okay not to be okay, and mental health can be a topic of everyday conversation.

This message was also heard at our Pass the Badge event, where conversations on mental health were had and encouraged others to keep the conversation going.

We all have a role in tackling stigma and discrimination and together we can improve the culture around mental health, so its impact on every aspect of our lives, including where we live, learn, work and receive care isn’t ignored.

World Mental Health Day

It’s World Mental Health Day today (Tuesday 10 October) and Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership are putting a spotlight on the activities going on over October to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health and hear from some of those who have lived experience.

SAMH Football teams stop to celebrate positive mental health

Check out the blog from See Me’s Director,Calum Irving about how we are working together to tackle the stigma of mental health.  Congratulations and well done go to all the teams that took part in the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) football match which we helped support, with trophies presented by Michael Kellet, Fife Partnership’s Director.  Teams from the Partnership, the police, fire service, colleagues in the voluntary sector and many more all took part to raise awareness, improve understanding and break down barriers about mental health, particularly in the workplace, which is this year’s theme for World Mental Health Day.

Julie Paterson, Divisional General Manager (Fife Wide) adds:  “We all have mental health and the aim is to show that mental health can be a topic of everyday conversations, including in the workplace. We will be encouraging staff to take part in See Me’s campaign to ‘Pass the Badge’, where people wear the See Me pin badge for a couple of days then pass to a colleague.  The purpose is to get the message across that we are all responsible for creating positive attitudes and good mental health and good physical health is vital for all employees so they can stay fit and well as a person.”

Look out for more mental health stories as the week goes on and how you can take part to raise awareness.

For mental health support and advice visit:

www.onyourdoorstepfife.org/

Breathing Space 

See Me

Samaritans 

Scottish Recovery Network

Scottish Association for Mental Health

Health Secretary meets NHS and Partnership staff as extra winter resilience funding announced

Health Secretary, Shona Robison visited the Hub at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy today to announce an additional £5 million which is being given to NHS boards to support winter resilience across health and social care.

Cabinet Secretary meeting staff in the Discharge Hub

The additional‎ funding is to support winter planning and enhance resilience across the services, will make sure patients are seen quickly, efficiently and without delay. It will also be used to maximise additional staffing to help with weekend discharges in the face of an anticipated rise in attendances during the busy winter months.

Meeting staff Ms Robison heard directly how health and social care teams are working more closely together to deliver care to people both in hospital and in the community so they are able to live as safe and independently as possible.

Amongst those welcoming Ms Robison to the Hub were Director of Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership, Michael Kellet, alongside the Chief Executive and Chair of NHS Fife.

Read the full news story here.