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…

https://www.bma.org.uk/news/media-centre/press-releases/2018/january/decision-to-implement-new-gp-contract-after-strong-backing-from-profession

https://twitter.com/bmascotland?lang=en

New Care Village for Methil

Proposals for a new care village in Methil are at an early stage as Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s commitment to high quality care for older people in Fife continues.

A new care village, which will replace Methilhaven Care Home, marks the second phase of the Partnership’s multi-million pound capital programme, which has already seen new care villages built in Kirkcaldy (Ostlers House), Glenrothes (Napier House) and Lumphinnans (Lindsay House).

David Heaney

David Heaney

David Heaney, Divisional General Manager (East) with Fife Health and Social Care Partnership gives more details:

“Fife’s care homes have served the community well for the last 30 to 40 years, and our investment in new care villages, alongside our Council partners, will ensure residents can enjoy living in buildings of the highest standard, providing the best quality of care for many years to come.

 

As we prepare to celebrate the completion of our third new care village in Lumphinnans, work is underway to plan for the next phase of our redevelopment programme which will see the replacement of our existing homes in Anstruther, Cupar and Methilhaven.

Plans will be put before Fife Council’s Policy and Co-ordination Committee in the Spring, seeking approval to develop the first of these new care villages.  The new home for Methil will see the home built on the site of the former Kirkland High School.   Although we have identified the site, plans are at a very early stage.

To assist with this work we will be undertaking various site investigations which will take the form of specialist engineers attending the site to conduct ground investigations.   We will continue to work closely with colleagues in Early Years (Education) and Housing Services to create opportunities for new service models so they benefit a wide range of the population.”

Cllr David Graham

Welcoming the news Cllr David Graham, Health and Social Care spokesperson stated:  “With people living longer we want to ensure that care supports independence and positive health and wellbeing at every stage.  Care homes play an important part in helping people flourish in their later years. Having visited both Ostlers House and Napier House, and with feedback from residents and families being extremely positive, I look forward to the seeing the plans for the new home in Methil develop.”

 

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:  CarersActSurvey@fife.gov.uk

 

 

 

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: GIRFEC.fife.scot

 

Please watch the promotional video (video is approx 1 minute long): http://sho.co/19D97

 

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.