Innovative partnership programme to support lung cancer patients in Fife

Lung cancer is the most common cancer in Scotland. It is also a disease with a particularly poor prognosis, with fewer than 10 per cent of patients in Scotland surviving longer than five years from diagnosis.   In the Scotsman (19 Sept), Dr Jo Bowden,  talks about an innovative pilot project developed by the Specialist Palliative Care team in NHS Fife, in partnership with the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support. Funded through the Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) ­programme, the project is defining for the first time what Best Supportive Care (BSC) should mean in practice for people with incurable lung cancer.

 

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Funding boost to support people with mental health issues into work

Fife Council has been awarded £205,000 from the Scottish Government’s Employability Innovation and Integration Fund to support local people with mental health issues into work and training.

The programme “Delivering Differently” for mental health and employment, has been developed in partnership by the Opportunities Fife and Health and Social Care Partnerships, will work with strategic partners to support people in Fife who are experiencing mental health issues.  It will develop an integrated, joined-up approach, with the goal of more than doubling the number of people supported into healthy, sustainable employment from this target group.

The project will provide strategic direction to better align employability support and skills training for those experiencing mental health issues.

The project will empower people with mental health issues by placing them at the heart of their own journey into work. It will ensure that they have the opportunity to build the skills, resilience and support to access and stay in employment, at a pace to suit their needs.

Cllr Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “Some 43% of people in Fife claiming benefits do so because of a mental health condition. Through this funding, we can deliver better joined support to help these residents access and stay in work. Working with Fife Health and Social Care Partnership this model will change how we deliver services to people with mental health issues for the economic, health and social benefit for all of the Kingdom.”

Simon Little, Chair of Fife’s Health and Social Care Integration Board, said: “We welcome this new funding to help support people with mental health problems into employment. We know that people with mental health problems experience a number of barriers to getting into, and staying in work. This funding will give the opportunity to pilot innovative approaches to support these clients, that will influence and direct the commissioning of Fife’s employability programmes going forward.

“With the right support, people with mental health problems can and do make a valuable contribution in the workplace and that this can be a positive step in their recovery. We also encourage more Fife employers to take on people with mental health problems, make adjustments to help them stay in work, and promote good mental health.”

The Scottish Government is providing £2.5m to fund some 13 initiatives that aim to increase employment support by linking up with health and social care, justice service and housing. The projects cover 15 local authority areas, with the money coming from the Employment Innovation and Integration Fund.

Glenrothes Aldi becomes a dementia friendly store

The local Aldi store in Glenrothes is the latest business to support the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes campaign.

Launched last year, the partnership initiative between The Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, the Glenrothes Area Committee, Fife Council and Alzheimer Scotland aims to support people living with dementia to remain a valued part of their community.  To achieve this aim, they are working with the local business community to increase awareness and understanding of the condition.

As part of Aldi’s involvement in the initiative, 14 Aldi staff members have now become Dementia Friends. The store’s support is a major boost for the campaign and will empower employees to help make their local store more accessible for people living with dementia and their families locally.

Fiona Forrester, the Store Manager at Aldi Glenrothes, said: “Providing excellent customer service is important to us at Aldi. The Dementia Friends sessions have helped our staff to think about what help people with dementia might need, such as more time or support when paying or some help to find things in the shop.”

Hendrik Cunningham, the local Area Manager for Aldi, added: “Aldi is committed to providing the best possible products and service to all those within the local community and we are delighted to partner with the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes initiative to make improvements in our store experience for those customers who have dementia. Our staff are now more aware and understanding of the issues that those with Dementia face whilst going about their shopping and we look forward to continuing to make Aldi Glenrothes a welcoming place for all.”

Amanda Hunter, the Project Manager for the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes initiative, said: “We are delighted to have the team from Aldi in Glenrothes on board.  Working with the staff has been fantastic and we look forward to continuing our work with them as part of our vision to help make Glenrothes a great place to visit and shop for everyone, but particularly people living with dementia.”

Businesses, services and community groups across Glenrothes who are interested in getting involved with the Dementia Friendly Glenrothes initiative can do so by contacting Amanda Hunter from Alzheimer Scotland on Tel: 01592 803800 or by Email: ahunter@alzscot.org.