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

Seen Something? Say Something this National Adult Protection Day

If you think an adult’s being harmed, get it checked out.  It’s right to act on your suspicions.

Fife people are being urged to act on their instinct if they think an adult is being

harmed, neglected or taken advantage of, says Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee (ASPC).

The ASPC is supporting National Adult Protection Day on 20th February, 2018 aimed at raising awareness of adult harm and encouraging people to act on their gut feeling that somebody may be experiencing harm or is at risk of it.  Adult harm can take many forms, such as physical, psychological, financial, sexual harm, neglect and self-harm.

Alan Small, Independent Chair of Fife ASPC said: “If you thought a child was at risk of harm, you would do something about it. It should be no different for an adult. But many people are not aware of adult harm or of the need to act on their concerns.

Adult harm can affect anybody, but people who can’t look after themselves or find it difficult to stand up for themselves can be particularly at risk, because of their personal circumstances, or a physical or learning disability, age or illness and infirmity.

“It’s not always easy to tell if an adult is in trouble, but the signs and situations to be aware of include:

  • a person may have unexplained cuts and bruises, or refuse to talk about injuries
  • they may be confused where their money has gone, or are giving money to people for reasons that might concern you
  • they may appear unusually quiet, withdrawn or nervous around certain people, or get upset at the mention of their relationship
  • they may constantly be having people – friends or strangers – ‘hanging out’ at their house
  • they may look less well turned out than usual or hungry.

“People often have an instinctual feeling that someone is being harmed or is at risk; a sense that something is not right.   It is vital to raise your concerns – call Fife’s Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200.  You don’t need to provide your personal details; the Social Work Service will check the situation sensitively, and support will be given, if needed.

We all have a responsibility to look out for people in our communities and by acting, the person who is at risk could get help and become safe from harm.  If something feels wrong, you’re right to get it checked out.  If you’ve seen something, say something.”

For more information, visit:

Latest on Adult Support and Protection

Find the latest Adult Support and Protection information in our newsletter.  This edition contains information on:

  • Missing Person’s Working Group
  • Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill
  • Safe Space Parents’ Support Group
  • Support for people experiencing isolation and loneliness
  • Scams warning
  • Better than Well

If you or someone you know is at risk of harm or is being neglected, call the Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200.

All Adult Protection information is available at:

Affected by cancer? We want to hear from you.

Have you or someone close to you been affected by cancer?   As part of a new £1m investment, Macmillan and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership really want to hear your views and experience to help us shape and influence an innovative support service.

We are holding engagement events across Fife. The events will take place on:

  • Wednesday 28th February at Cupar County Buildings 10am-12noon, St Catherine Street, KY15 4TA
  • Tuesday 6th March at Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre 10am-12noon, 7 Pit Road, KY4 9NN
  • Wednesday 7th March at Kirkcaldy Town House 5pm-7pm, 2 Wemyssfield, KY1 1XW

Tea & coffee will be provided.  If you would like to attend or find out more information please contact Lisa on 01592 578076 or email

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…

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:




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:


Please watch the promotional video (video is approx 1 minute long):