Reminder – iMatter refresher training for Managers

iMatter provides the opportunity for staff and managers to discuss and make positive changes that can improve their working environment for the benefit of all, including patients.

All of NHS Fife and Fife Health & Social Care Partnership will be completing their iMatter questionnaire between 11th June – 1st July 2018.

Managers will be required to review and confirm their team membership on the iMatter system, updating any changes e.g. leavers and new members. This will take place from 14th May – 11th June 2018.

For managers who are new to their role, new to NHS Fife / Fife Health & Social Care Partnership or those who would like a refresh training is available as detailed below.

Dates / locations for the training are as follows:

  • 26th April – 10am -12 noon – Board Room Stratheden Hospital
  • 30th April – 2-4pm – Board Room – Hayfield Clinic
  • 15th May – 2-4pm – Common Room – Education Centre QMH

To book a place, please email


Three Fifers selected to become Queen’s nurses

Three Fife nurses have been selected to take part in a special professional development programme that will earn them the right to use the coveted Queen’s Nurse title.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) was established by Queen Victoria in 1889 in honour of her Golden Jubilee. Historically, the Queen’s Nurse title was awarded to nurses who completed training that equipped them to work in the community. They provided healthcare and health promotion to people in their own homes, and were well respected in the communities in which they practised.

Pauline Buchanan, Community Dermatology Nurse Practitioner based in Dunfermline; Lyndsey Forsyth, ADHD Nurse Specialist based in Kirkcaldy; and Gerrard Hastie, Community Psychiatric Nurse based in Leven, make up three of the 21 community-based nurses from across the country selected by the QNIS to join this year’s Queen’s Nurses Development Programme.

This is the first time that Fife will have three nurses inducted into the programme in a single year.

All candidates were nominated having demonstrated their commitment to high quality, compassionate care. They then completed a written application and were chosen to go forward for the programme after attending a selection event where they impressed a panel of nursing leaders.

The new Queen’s Nurses will take part in a nine-month programme, developing and honing their existing skills and capabilities, culminating in an Awards Ceremony in December.

Once they have completed the QNIS development programme, the modern Queen’s Nurses will support new models of care to promote health improvement and local delivery of services.

On their selection to the QNIS development programme, NHS Fife Director of Nursing, Helen Wright, said:

“I am delighted to see three Fife nurses inducted into this year’s QNIS Development Programme.

“Our inductees have each been selected because they have demonstrated a real passion and commitment to continually improve the care and treatment offered to patients in Fife.

“With an ever increasing amount of care now able to be delivered safely in our communities, their participation in the programme is likely to positively influence the nursing care offered to patients across Fife in the years and decades to come.”

Reflecting on her induction to the QNIS development programme, Pauline Buchanan said:

“I am delighted and honored to have been selected for the Queen’s Nurse Programme.  It is a very exciting opportunity to make change happen in creating new ways of working.  Hopefully it will also provide the best possible care in the community for persons living with long term skin conditions.”

Upon her selection, Lyndsey Forsyth said:

“It is a real privilege to have been selected for the Queens Nurse Programme.

“The experience so far has been inspirational and I am excited about the journey ahead. I am especially looking forward to the opportunity to cascade my learning from the program into our service for the benefit not only of colleges but our patients and their families”

Lastly, Gerrard Hastie said:

“Undertaking this development programme is a great privilege and I feel genuinely humbled to be doing this.  The QNIS programme is an opportunity to build on my skills as a community nurse and ultimately this will benefit the people in my care.”

About QNIS:


  • QNIS was established in 1889 thanks to a donation from Queen Victoria on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee
  • QNIS originally trained nurses for community district work, with the last award made in January 1969. Since then, QNIS has become a charity, promoting excellence in community nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.
  • QNIS is based in the same building that training took place in, going all the way back to 1890.
  • To learn more about Queen’s Nurses in Scotland, visit their website.

Fife Partnership Board Sets Budget

Dear colleagues

Members of our Partnership Board have approve a budget for 2018/19 as part of a three year financial approach to deliver a sustainable financial outcome for the future for the Partnership.

Approved were newly identified financial recovery savings totalling £7.47m in 2018-19.  These include seeking areas where savings can be made such as procurement and introducing an enhanced staff travel strategy using technologies and sustainable measure such as pool cars and car sharing.

Despite the financial challenges the Partnership continues to face, we have presented a budget that will also help us to invest in better outcomes and new models of care.  This will enable us to start joining up care in communities across the Kingdom in a way that has never been done before.

There is no quick fix but this three year plan provides a steady, controlled and structured approach, setting us on a road to delivering a balanced budget by the end of 2020/21.    Click here for a full response from our Chair, Simon Little.

A full set of Board papers are available for you here




Director, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership



Fife Partnership Board to set budget for 2018/19

Dear colleagues

On Tuesday the 20 March, Members of the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership Board will be asked to approve a budget for 2018/19 as part of a three year financial strategy.

Proposals we are putting forward include asking the Board to approve:

  • a three year financial strategy approach to deliver a sustainable financial outcome for the future for the Partnership
  • newly identified financial recovery savings totalling £7.47m in 2018-19

The budget paper highlights the range of proposals being put forward, taking into account the need to invest in the short term if long term savings as well as transformation of services is to be achieved.  The paper highlights in year savings as well as areas for development which will be included in the 3 year financial strategy.  These include:

  • Initiatives to reduce medicine waste
  • Efficiency Initiatives
  • Seeking areas where savings can be made through procurement, such as best prices for purchasing of personal hygiene products.
  • Introducing an enhanced staff travel strategy using technologies and sustainable measure such as pool cars and car sharing.
  • Recruitment strategy and use of technologies to alleviate the need to use of agency for relief shifts whilst build a sustainable workforce for the future. This will allow us to grow a bank of care staff allowing staff to voluntarily opt in for relief and reduce the pressure on schedulers.
  • Investment
  • To expand the Short Term Assessment and Review (START) team – a proactive care at home service which supports people to regain skills and confidence in their own home after being in hospital or recovering from injury such as a fall to ensure a sustainable homecare for Fife.
  • Development and implementation of a Tele-healthcare strategy to increase use of technology so that individuals can take more control over their own health and live independently in their own home for longer.

This budget paper ensures we continue to deliver high quality care for the public, support for you and your colleagues as we move through these challenging times, whilst deliver a balanced budget, all within a timeframe that is realistic and as risk adverse for Fife as possible.

We must be open and honest with you, the public and users of services as we make sustainable and long term change.  There is no quick fix and the three year strategy proposal is a move to ensure a steady, controlled and structured approach, setting the Partnership on a road to delivering a balanced budget by the end of 2020/21.

The key to the approach is to take away the restriction of a one year plan, enabling the Partnership to re-design services in conjunction with you, your colleagues, service users, patients, carers, families and our Independent and Third Sector service providers so that the together, we can move away from traditional and costly models of care.   With this in mind, we await the decision of Members on the 20th March.

I’ll be in touch again after the Partnership’s Board meeting to keep you connected.

In the meantime, the Board papers are available to you and the public here



Director, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership


Severe Weather: Thank you to all staff


Thank you to each and every one of you for the huge effort being made to ensure services continue to be delivered as we go through this spell of severe weather.

These times can be challenging and as we put into action our contingency plans I am always very proud of the dedication and team work shown by all to keep people safe and supported.  With the recent weather warnings and cold icy weather set to continue please ensure you stay safe.  We will be monitoring the situation closely and issuing advice through your line managers as appropriate.  Thank you once again.



Director, Fife Health and Social Care

START team supporting people from hospital to home

 As health and social care teams continue to work round the clock responding to the increased demand over winter, a new initiative to safely support people to return home from hospital sooner is proving its worth.

Rosemary Grubb, Maureen Swanston and Jennifer Gallacher from the team talk about the huge benefit the new approach is having as they work together to keep folk in Fife living independently for longer.


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…


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.

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:

Breathing Space 

See Me


Scottish Recovery Network

Scottish Association for Mental Health