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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.

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

 

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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.

Cancer Experience Survey – Closes 22 December 2017

Cancer affects almost all of us – through personal experience or that of a loved one.

Macmillan Cancer Support and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership are working together to improve the lives of people in Fife who are affected by cancer.

To help do this, they have launched an online survey to gather feedback on people’s experiences and priorities.  This feedback will help inform decision making, how services work and how we can improve people the experience for those who are affected by cancer in Fife now and in the future.

To take part on line visit:  www.fifedirect.org.uk/fifemacmillan

The survey will close on 22 Dec 2017.

To request a hard copy of the survey please call: 01592 578076

To find out more about the partnership work between Macmillan Scotland and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership click here.

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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.

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Stepping up to Pass the Badge

Colleagues from across the Partnership and beyond are continuing to support the Pass the Badge campaign.  Mental health is equally as important as physical wellbeing so encouraging the conversation in the workplace as well as at home is really important.  Thank you to everyone who sent in their selfies and reasons why they stepped up and got involved.

Check out their posts below and at the same time check out See Me’s webpages where they are running an online version of the #PassTheBadge campaign and they’d love for Fife to get involved http://passthebadge.co.uk/