EU Settlement Scheme now open

 I am writing to inform you that you can now take part in the EU Settlement Scheme pilot. This pilot applies to EU citizens and non-EU family members of EU citizens working in the health and social care sector. By taking part, you will be able to make an early application for your new UK immigration status so you can continue to live and work in the UK after the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.

Your participation in this pilot allows you to apply early to the EU Settlement Scheme and gives the Home Office an opportunity to test the application process. Successful applicants will not need to apply again for the same status once the scheme opens fully next year.

Please note that making an application in this pilot is entirely voluntary. There will be no change to your current rights under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020. If you choose not to apply during this phase you will be able to apply once the scheme is fully open by 30 March 2019 and at any time up until 30 June 2021.

Irish citizens enjoy a right of residence in the UK that is not reliant on the UK’s membership of the EU. They will not e required to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme, but may do so if they wish.

What you need to do: 

If you would like to participate in the pilot of the EU Settlement Scheme, you need to complete the online application form by 22 December 2018 by accessing the following link:

Apply to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU.

Please do not forward this link as it is important that only those eligible to apply in this pilot do so now.

You will only be able to take part in the pilot if you are working in the health and social care sector, and you are:

  • an EU citizen and have a valid biometric passport (this is an e-passport which has a digital chip); or
  • a non-EU family member of an EU citizen and have a biometric residence card with ‘EU Right to Reside’ on the back, which you applied for on or after 6 April 2015

For more information on who can apply to this pilot, visit GOV.UK.

Application process during the pilot:

 To apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme you will need to complete an online application:

  • Provide your email address – Provide your email address – Consider whether a personal or work email address (if you have one) is more suitable as you will need access to this email account when making your application.
  • Verify your identity – You will need to have a valid biometric passport or biometric residence card (issued by the Home Office) to apply in this pilot. All applicants must use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app to verify their identity. A guide to using the app can be found on GOV.UK, please also see below for more information. After using the app to verify your identity, you can complete the rest of the application either on that device or on any smartphone, laptop or computer. The application process during the pilot scheme is fully digital.
  • Criminality check – You will need to complete the criminality check by declaring any criminal convictions. Only serious or persistent criminality will affect your application. This should not affect the vast majority of EU citizens and their family members.
  • Verify your residence in the UK – You will need to provide evidence of your residence in the UK. There are a number of ways you can do this. The easiest is to provide your National Insurance number. The Home Office will then check UK tax and certain benefits data, and use those records to help work out how long you have been resident in the UK. You’ll get a result of this check straightaway. If you agree with the result, you can accept it and complete your application. If you disagree, this is not a problem, as you will be able to upload additional evidence of your residence. Information on the other types of evidence you can upload can be found on GOV.UK. If you have a valid permanent residence document or valid indefinite leave to enter or remain, you will just need to provide proof of that status.
  • Pay any application fee – NHS Fife will reimburse directly employed staff for the costs of making an application. This reimbursement will not be extended to family members. The cost of an application is £65 for those aged 16 or over and a receipt or other proof of payment will be required when reclaiming these costs. Receipt or proof of payment should be provided to your line manager. Please note application is free if you have a valid permanent residence document or valid indefinite leave to enter of remain.

EU Exit: ID Document Check app:

To apply during this pilot you will need to use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app, which will verify your identity. The app is being tested in this pilot and it will be the only way to verify your identity in the pilot application process. You can download this app on an Android device – an easy way to check if your device can use this app, is if your device has the technology to make contactless payments. Information on how to access the app will be included in the application process.

If you do not have an Android device, you will be able to use a family member/friend’s device to verify your identity and then complete the application on any device you choose. There are no security risks in doing this and your data is not stored on the device. More information on how to use the app can be found on GOV.UK. If you cannot get access to this app you will not be able to apply in this pilot, but there will be alternative ways for you to verify your identity once the scheme is fully open by 30 March 2019.


For any questions about an application made during the pilot, contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre by calling 0300 123 7379 (inside the UK) or +44 (0) 203 080 0010 (outside the UK). Find out about call charges on You can also ask a question using the online submissions form

An assisted digital service is available for those who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the online application form. If you require such support with your application, please contact We Are Digital by calling 03333 445675 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Further information on this service can be found on GOV.UK.

For more information about the EU Settlement Scheme visit GOV.UK.

Michael Kellet, Director, Health and Social Care Partnership

Access Therapies Fife – launch of new mental health website

One in four of us in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year – and the most common mental health difficulties are stress, anxiety and depression. To make it easier for adults in Fife to obtain psychological help for common emotional problems we’ve launched a new website, Access Therapies Fife.

Research has shown that people can really benefit from attending courses and working with groups to learn new skills to manage stress, anxiety, low moods or how to become more confident and assertive – these changes and skills can lead to improvements in mental health. Taking this first step by using the help and advice tools available may also avoid the waits sometimes associated with going through your GP or another health professional.

What does the website offer:

  • Courses – Step on Stress, Back on Trac, Assertiveness and Improving Well-being – these courses help to focus on the relationships between thoughts, behaviours and feelings and how to deal with these.
  • Change Up – a weekly therapy group which helps people overcome a range of emotional problems.
  • Self-help options.
  • Information on local support and resources.

All courses and groups are held across Fife and run regularly throughout the year.

This new website will make it easier and quicker for adults across Fife to access high quality psychological help – the options available are important additions to the psychological services provided in Fife,” said Dr Frances Baty, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Adult Health Psychology, Fife Health & Social Care Partnership

At the launch of the new website at Lynebank Hospital, Julie Paterson, Divisional General Manager (Fife-wide), Fife Health & Social Care Partnership added, “Within the mental health service we hope to help people achieve their aspirations, while offering help when they need it. This website is a significant development in psychological therapies through self-referral and builds on our ambition to remove barriers that deter people from seeking help”.

For info:
Access Therapies website –


Dr Frances Baty| Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Adult Mental Health Psychology, Fife

Hazel Williamson| Communications Officer, Health & Social Care Partnership

Getting it right for young carers in Fife

The ‘Getting it Right for Young Carers in Fife’ strategy reflects the partnership work of all Children’s Services, working together to support young carers in Fife.

On 1 April 2018 the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 (the ‘2016 Act’) was enacted. This updated version of the 2015 Fife strategy for young carers aligns itself directly with the Act and is also aligned to the carer’s strategy for unpaid adult carers in Fife.

The most important aspect of this strategy is that it reflects the views, hopes and aspirations of young carers in Fife and gives them an opportunity to shape and influence how they are supported and how services are delivered to them.

Getting it right for young carers in Fife (2018-2021)


Carers Strategy for Fife 2018-2021 – check out the improvements to support carers in Fife

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 came into effect on 1 April 2018.  The Act places new duties to identify and support carers.

The duties include:

  • offering an Adult Carers Support Plan or Young Carers Statement;
  • supporting carers of people who are being discharged from hospital to become involved in pre-discharge decisions, and
  • provide universal information, advice, guidance and advocacy support to carers.

Fife’s Health and Social Care partnership has consulted with carers and developed and published a Carers Strategy for Fife 2018 – 2021.  It demonstrates the commitments we will make in Fife to improve support for carers as well as helping carers to become more self-sufficient in helping themselves.

For more information about the improvements being made to support Fife’s carers, contact Scott Fissenden by e-mailing

Today is World Mental Health day – how are you doing?

Today is World Mental Health Day, which aims to promote greater public awareness and understanding of mental health and mental illness. 1 in 4 of us will suffer from a mental health difficulty in our lifetime so this is a great opportunity to take some time out to look after our own mental health – and that of our loved ones.

Here are some great suggestions of how to mark World Mental Health Day:

  • Buy yourself something nice, like some flowers. You spend a lot of time and effort managing your mental health. Everyone deserves a reward every once in a while!
  • Cook a meal that nourishes your mind. Visit for recipe ideas that include ingredients essential for good mental health.…/uploads/2016/03/mhf-recipes.pdf
  • Ring a friend you’ve not spoken to in a while. The support of friends and family are vital in maintaining a healthy mind and reducing anxiety.
  • Write yourself a letter, highlighting your good points to remind yourself about what an exceptional person you are. Then, actually post or email it.  Try using to send yourself a message in the future.
  • Watch a funny film. Laughter IS the best medicine!
  • Go for a walk in the country side. Nature and fresh air can be very soothing and relaxing.

Happy World Mental Health Day from the Health, Safety & Wellbeing Team

Check out your mental health score by completing this Quiz:

Why not listen to one of these podcasts for information about mental health and wellbeing including 3 min and 10 min mindfulness sessions on relaxation:

iMatter – it really does matter! Message from Michael Kellet, Director, Health & Social Care Partnership

Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete this year’s iMatter survey. Your views really do matter – and by understanding how it feels to work here it helps us to focus on areas for development and improvement and to celebrate the areas where we excel.

The overall response rate for the Partnership was 53%, a little down on last year, but overall the results are really positive and in most areas we either stayed the same or improved – but there is more that we can do.

Individual teams who reached a response rate of 60% and over (or 100% for teams of 5 and smaller) should have now received their report. Unfortunately the teams with response rates less than this don’t receive a report. Regardless of this, I would like you all to work with your teams to produce an action plan.

As managers we all have a duty to improve on employee engagement – successful engagement has shown to improve staff morale, reduce stress and absenteeism, stronger financial management and greater efficiency, productivity and effectiveness. By having discussions in teams on what works well and what could be improved on helps to improve engagement and shows that ideas and suggestions are being acted on.

ACTION >>> All managers

  • Meet with your teams and develop an action plan – each plan to include one area where we do well and three areas we can improve on. If you haven’t already done so, please complete this by 12 November.
  • Consider how you will monitor these actions.
  • Share your stories – there are examples of good work going on all over the organisation and we need to acknowledge this. Contact Hazel Williamson, Communication Officer for the Partnership at who can help to develop case studies.
  • If you are having any problems with your action planning please contact Bruce Anderson, Head of Staff Governance at .

Resources available:

There are lots of tools available to aide discussions, presentations, support materials and FAQs – visit

Thanks for your continued support


Joining Up Care consultation is now closed

Thanks to everyone who completed the questionnaire and for their interest in the consultation.

Over the next few weeks all the responses received and feedback from the consultation workshops will be brought together in a report. This will be externally validated by the Research Team, Fife Council and colleagues from the Information Services Division, National Services Division.

This report will be submitted to the Health and Social Care Partnership Board on 20 December 2018.


The Flu Fighters are back! Have you been vaccinated?

As a health and social care worker you are more likely to be exposed to the flu virus. Getting vaccinated is the best means of helping to protect yourself against flu and it reduces the risk of spreading flu to your family, patients and colleagues.

Do the right thing …. and rock up to one of our clinics and get vaccinated. You can attend any of the clinics below.

Top tips:

  • Bring being along your ID badge.
  • Complete your consent form in advance and bring it with you.
  • The beginning and end of clinics are normally the busiest.
  • Due to the number of staff on hospital sites you may find it quicker to attend a care home venue, however all venues are available to health and social care staff.

Vaccination clinic dates:

27 September – Matthew House Care Home, Dunfermline, 9.00am – 3.00pm

28 September – Methilhaven House Care Home, Methil, 9.00am – 3.00pm

1 October – Napier House Care Home, Glenrothes, 9.00am – 3.00pm

2 October – Manual Handling Training Room, Level 8, VHK, 7.30am – 7.00pm

2 October – Minor Injuries Unit, QMH, 7.30am – 7.00pm

2 October – Northeden House Care Home, Cupar, 9.00am – 3.00pm

3 October – Ostler House Care Home, Kirkcaldy, 9.00am – 3.00pm

3 October – Manual Handling Training Room, Level 8, VHK, 7.30am – 7.00pm

3 October – Minor Injuries Unit, QMH, 7.30am – 7.00pm

4 October – Manual Handling Training Room, Level 8, VHK, 7.30am – 7.00pm

4 October – Ladywalk House Care Home, Anstruther, 9.00am – 3.00pm

10 October – Phlebotomy Room, Stratheden Hospital, 9.00am – 4.00pm

11 October – Haig House, Cameron Hospital, 9.00am – 4.00pm

16 October – Outpatient Department, Adamson Hospital, 9.00am – 4.00pm

17 October – Glenrothes Hospital , 9.00am – 12.00pm

17 October – Dental Access Centre, Napier Road, Glenrothes , 1.00pm – 4.00pm

18 October – Health Promotion Room 2, St Andrews Hospital,9.00am – 4.00pm

23 October – Manual Handling Training Room, Lynebank Hospital, 9.00am – 4.00pm

29 October – Manual Handling Training Room, Level 8, VHK, 7.30am – 7.00pm

29 October – Minor Injuries Unit, QMH, 7.30am – 7.00pm

30 October – Manual Handling Training Room, Level 8, VHK, 7.30am – 7.00pm

30 October – Minor Injuries Unit, QMH, 7.30am – 7.00pm

31 October – Manual Handling Training Room, Level 8, VHK, 7.30am – 7.00pm

We would love to hear from you.

Do you have any feedback on the campaign? Or any selfies, thoughts or stories then please get in touch:

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