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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:

  • Email: fife.fliufighters@fife.gov.uk
  • Text/ WhatsApp: 07805 142105
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/nhsfife
  • Twitter: @FifeHSCP
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Common Ground – Developing plans for the East of Scotland

Find out what we are doing across the Borders, Fife and Lothian to meet the challenges we face now and into the future. Common Ground is a briefing about the development of our plans for Health and Social Care Delivery in the East of Scotland. It is for all NHS and HSCP staff in the Borders, Fife and Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Please read it to find out more about why we need to change the way we do things and what we are doing right now to try to meet some of the big challenges we face. It outlines some of the interesting work that is going on to explore how we can work better together, for example, by looking at our models of service delivery with the aim of improving them for patients and staff.  In a nutshell we want to develop plans that will help us respond to rising demand, shortages of staff in some key types of roles as well as financial challenges.

The solutions will need input from staff right across our organisations and will need to ensure we can continue to offer services that are safe, sustainable, and of high quality to everyone in our region, wherever they live.

We encourage you to read it and to discuss it with your colleagues and to feed back any questions or comments you may have to EastRegion.communications@nhs.net.

 

Thank You

Michael Kellet, Director of Health and Social Care Partnership, Fife

Tim Davison , Implementation Lead , East Region and Chief Executive, NHS Lothian

There’s still time …

Thanks to everyone who has been involved in the Joining Up Care discussions.

If you haven’t already, you still have time to let us know what you think about the Joining up Care proposals. There’s various ways you can get involved in the discussion:

Come along to one of our workshops:

Date                                                      Time                      Venue

  • Friday 7 September                        1.30 to 3pm        Glenrothes Hospital (Training Room)
  • Wednesday 19 September            6.30 to 8pm        Glenrothes Hospital (Training Room)
  • Friday 21 September                      1.30 to 3pm        Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy (Training Room 1 (Dining Room 1)
  • Monday 24 September                   1.30 to 3pm        Fife House, Glenrothes (FHM05.001 Committee Room 1)
  • Wednesday 26 September            6.30 to 8pm        Adamson Hospital (room to be confirmed)
  • Thursday 27 September                6.30 to 8pm        Queen Margaret Hospital (Board Room)

Numbers are limited due to room size at all venues so please let us know if you wish to attend.

Call:    01383 565 199 or
Email: fife-uhb.joiningupcare@nhs.net

Public consultation workshops

13 workshops are taking place all over Fife. To find one near you visit Joining Up Care Public Consultation.

Online questionnaire

A questionnaire is available to feedback your views – before completing please read through the consultation documents. Click here to complete the questionnaire.

For everything you need to know about the proposals visit Joining Up Care.

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‘Joining Up Care’ Consultation – 2 July -8 October 2018

Members of Fife Health and Social Care Partnership Board have approved consultation materials to support the Joining Up Care community transformation programme for health and social care services in Fife.  This marks the start of a public consultation which will run from 2 July – 8 October 2018.

The overall aim of the Joining Up Care programme is to establish a fully integrated 24/7community health and social care system that ensures sustainable, safe, person centred care.  The full consultation proposal is set out in 3 parts:

Part 1: Community Health and Wellbeing Hubs

A more joined up approach to your care.

The proposal is to:

  • Set up seven Community Health and Wellbeing Hubs, one for each of the following areas: Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath/Lochgelly, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Levenmouth, North East Fife and South and West Fife Villages.
  • A Hub could be the use of a local community centre or a local hospital depending on the type of care and support needed.
  • Community Health and Wellbeing teams will work within these Hubs. These are health and social care staff who will work together to co-ordinate care and arrange appointments, all in one place wherever possible.
  • For the South West and North East Fife areas, teams will respond to rural and local needs by travelling around to work from different places on different days.

Due to the aging population, the Hub teams will initially focus on supporting people who are frail or have age-related problems. This will help identify people earlier and steps can be taken to improve their health and wellbeing so they can stay independent for longer.

Part 2: Out of Hours Urgent Care Redesign

A more sustainable way of responding out of hours.

out of hours urgent care

out of hours urgent care

Out of Hours Urgent Care services, means care for people who need a GP or a nurse when their GP surgery is closed. It is not Accident and Emergency (A&E) at the hospital.

The Partnership is proposing two new options, alongside the current way of working. These two new options take account of the clinical safety, transport and workforce problems in the current system.  The options being consulted on are:

  • Option 1 (stay the same).
  • Option 2 – two centres (Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy), with only Kirkcaldy open overnight.
  • Option 3 – two centres (Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy), both open overnight.

Options 2 and 3 both are both within a one-hour drive for everyone in Fife.  The changes being proposed are in response to the national and local challenges in regards to GP shortages, national recommendations in regards to Out of Hours and are to ensure the on-going clinical safety of patients.

Part 3: Community Hospital and Intermediate Care Bed Redesign

Helping people stay independent for longer and avoiding hospital admissions.

At this stage, people are being asked for their views on developing more ‘intermediate’ care beds across Fife.   These are beds based within a care home setting.  They are used to support older or frail people who have had a stay in hospital but who often need a bit more support to regain skills, confidence and physical strength before returning home.

Fife teams have already started to develop this intermediate care bed approach and now want to grow the service across Fife.  Known as Short Term Assessment and Review Team (START) it has been proved to successfully shorten the time that people spend in a community hospital, freeing the bed up for those patients who have complex, medical care needs.

Equally START beds could be used more proactively to keep people out of hospital all together where appropriate.  Public feedback at this stage will help the Partnership develop more detailed proposal for public consultation later this year.

Michael Kellet, Director, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership states: “To make sure that care remains safe and sustainable now and in the future, all three parts of the Joining Up Care proposal must work together.   Working as a team across health and social care, professionals can act together to help people get the right care, at the right time, in the right place – day or night.  From the 2 July we will be rolling out a full consultation and engagement programme which will include drop in sessions, meetings with community groups, staff group and forums and much more.  I encourage as many staff as well as members of the public as possible to take part.”

Copies of the full Joining Up Care Consultation, Consultation Summary and Easy Read version and response sheet will be available online from the 2 July.  To request hard copies of the Joining Up Consultation pack or to find out more contact Roz Barclay and Karen Gibb:

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What Matters To You? Day – Thank you for taking part!

What a day it has been.  Hundreds of staff across Fife Health and Social Care Partnership took part to mark What Matters To You?  Day 2018.

A lot of personal messages about family, friends and your own wellbeing came through alongside the deep caring and professional part you and others play to look after the people of Fife 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.  Topics such as loneliness, staying well physically as we age  and staying well mentally by talking about mental health and seeking help have all been areas for good conversation today.  These stories are being shared across Twitter, Facebook and many other social media platforms as well as good ol’ fashioned word of mouth.

Well done everyone, and remember, it is about more than just one day.

Keep your #wmty18 selfies coming in and we’ll keep posting them.

Here are just some of the photos from today:

Self Directed Support Team

 

 

Whitefield’s OTs and physios

Immunisation Team

Michael Kellet, Director, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership

Community Children’s Health Service

Partnership Board – 22 May 2018

On 22 May,  Members of Fife Health and Social Care Partnership Board discussed and supported the broad direction of the ‘Joining Up Care’ consultation proposals presented but supported an amendment to delay going to consultation for one month. A revised public facing consultation paper is to be brought to the Partnership’s next Board meeting on 21 June 2018 for approval.

The full consultation proposal is set out in 3 parts:

  • Part 1: Community and Wellbeing Hubs

Introduce more joined up ways of working between professionals to co-ordinate care and appointments, help reduce waiting times and improve the care experience through proactive intervention and working locally in communities.

  • Part 2: Re-designing Out of Hours Urgent Care

When the GP surgery is shut, these are the services that see members of the public who are looking for a GP or a nurse (advice, treatment centre care and home visits).  As well as minor injury services and the evening and night District Nursing service. It is important to state, that this is not Accident and Emergency at the hospital.

There are two options being proposed within this section. They will both have:

An Urgent Care Resource Hub

Will be an area where staff from a number of health and social care urgent services work together to coordinate service delivery. It will direct how services work in the out of hours period to make best use of resources and support so people access the right service as quickly as possible.

Urgent Care Centre(s)

This will deliver urgent care in a safe place that the public can go to. It will provide GP services, and minor injury services and can act as a base for a range of other urgent care services.

These changes are being proposed in response to the national and local challenges in regards to GP shortages, national recommendations in regards to Out of Hours and are to ensure the on-going clinical safety of patients.  The proposal does not relate to in-hours minor injuries service provision.

  • Part 3: Bringing Care Closer to Home – Community Hospital bed based care

Once people no longer need hospital care, it is better for them to get home or continue their care journey in a homely setting as quickly as possible. We know our current model could be more efficient, as some people are staying in hospital for longer than their needs require. We need to move some of our resources from hospitals to community based teams and provide care at home or in homely settings.

The collective goal of the ‘Joining Up Care’ consultation proposition is to establish a fully integrated 24 hours, 7 days a week community health and social care model that ensures sustainable, safe and more individual experience of care.

Full copies of the papers presented to go out to consultation are available on Fife Direct.

If you have any queries please talk to your service manager; if they cannot answer you they will get the answer for you. Alternatively pass your question to the project team.

Contact details: Project team: 01592 740189 or fife-uhb.joiningupcare@nhs.net

Teams kick start What Matters To You?

Round of applause to our Occupational Therapy and Self Directed Support teams for helping us kick starting this years ‘What Matters To You?’ campaign in Fife.   What Matters To You? day is on 6 June 2018 but is more than just one day.    Will you join the ‘What matters to you?’ conversation?   Click here to register today.

Occupational Therapy Team

 

Self Directed Support Team

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Partnership Board to consider ‘Joining Up Care’ Consultation proposal

On the 22 May 2018, Members of Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership Board will be asked to consider and approve a proposal for consultation on the transformation of health and social care services.

Set out in 3 parts, the ‘Joining Up Care’ consultation is in response to the:

  • growing demand for services
  • increasing complex care needs
  • publics’ desire to live well at home for longer, and;
  • national recommendations

The 3 parts are as follows:

Part 1: Community and Wellbeing Hubs

Introduce more joined up ways of working between professionals to co-ordinate care and appointments, help reduce waiting times and improve the care experience through proactive intervention and working locally in communities.

Part 2: Re-designing Out of Hours Urgent Care

When the GP surgery is shut, these are the services that see members of the public who are looking for a GP or a nurse (advice, treatment centre care and home visits).  As well as minor injury services and the evening and night District Nursing service. It is important to state, that this is not Accident and Emergency at the hospital.

There are two options being proposed within this section. They will both have:

An Urgent Care Resource Hub

Will be an area where staff from a number of health and social care urgent services work together to coordinate service delivery. It will direct how services work in the out of hours period to make best use of resources and support so people access the right service as quickly as possible.

Urgent Care Centre(s)

This will deliver urgent care in a safe place that the public can go to. It will provide GP services, and minor injury services and can act as a base for a range of other urgent care services.

These changes are being proposed in response to the national and local challenges in regards to GP shortages, national recommendations in regards to Out of Hours and are to ensure the on-going clinical safety of patients.  The proposal does not relate to in-hours minor injuries service provision.

Part 3:   Bringing Care Closer to Home – Community Hospital bed based care

Once people no longer need hospital care, it is better for them to get home or continue their care journey in a homely setting as quickly as possible. We know our current model could be more efficient, as some people are staying in hospital for longer than their needs require. We need to move some of our resources from hospitals to community based teams and provide care at home or in homely settings.

The aim is to:

  • Support people to leave hospital earlier
  • Proactively support people at home or in a homely setting so they can regain skills and confidence and stay independent for longer
  • Make sure people have access to the right type of bed at the right time, wherever they live in Fife, and;
  • Focus the use of Community Hospital beds on people with complex health conditions who need round the clock nursing care.

The proposal is to seek the public’s thoughts on the Partnership’s initial thinking where they are seeking to redefine models of care, considering where care should be in a hospital bed and where else people could best be cared for to improve their experience.

The collective goal of the ‘Joining Up Care’ proposition is to establish a fully integrated 24 hours, 7 days a week community health and social care model that ensures sustainable, safe and more individual experience of care.  If approved, the proposals will go forward for a 14 week public consultation.

Michael Kellet, Director, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership explains:

“From the youngest to the oldest, the fittest to the frailest we want people to live well in Fife. Ensuring the right care, from the right person at the right time is vital, whether this is responding to a poorly child after the GP is shut, being more proactive to support independence and wellbeing or giving complex round the clock medical care to those with long term conditions.

We know people value their local services highly, but the challenges are such that leaving services as they are is not a safe, sustainable or responsible option.  To meet modern demands, we need to adapt systems and change ways of working that have been in place for many years. We need to join care across communities and hospital services so we can continue to respond to peoples’ physical, emotional and social needs.  This includes peoples’ desire to stay independent and at home for longer.    We must also think of frontline staff and the increasing pressures they face.

“The future of Fife’s integrated care services involves all of us all.  By bringing together the review of Urgent Care Out of Hours, development of community health and wellbeing hubs and community hospital re-design under one ‘Joining Up Care’ proposal, the aim is to create a comprehensive approach to evolving services, one which will involve full consultation with the public before any change is made.  We await the decision by Members on the 22 May.”

Full copies of the ‘Joining Up Care’ Consultation proposal papers are now available on Fife Direct.    A draft ‘Joining Up Care’ Consultation Summary document is included and you can find that here.   As part of our communication with colleagues, a Let’s Connect…with Joining Up Care newsletter has been cascaded to staff across the Partnership.

If you have any queries please talk to your service manager; if they cannot answer you they will get the answer for you. Alternatively pass your question to the project team.

Contact details: Project team: 01592 740189 or fife-uhb.joiningupcare@nhs.net

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‘What matters to you?’ day – Are you taking part?

Will you join the ‘What matters to you?’ conversation?   

Register today to take part in ‘What matters to you?’ day on 6 June 2018.

‘What matters to you?’ day aims to encourage and support more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and social care and the people, families and carers who receive health and social care.

The day also provides an opportunity to raise the profile of person-centred conversations. Or if you are already working in this way, an opportunity to celebrate the positive impact in the lives of the people we support and the staff who work with them.

 

Colleagues from Glenrothes Hospital take part in 2017

This worldwide approach which is all about connecting people and putting the focus on the things that really matter to the people you support.

It is one simple act of asking what matters most to people – this can make a big difference to their care experience.  Find some examples here, including one from our very own Glenrothes Hospital team who took part last year, along with many other colleagues from across the services.

Let’s get Fife on the map again this year:

Step 1: Register

To join in all you have to do is register and download resources as an individual or as a team. You can also order packs which include:

  • Badges
  • Stickers
  • Poster

These can help you involve the people you are supporting or caring for.

Step 2:  Examples of existing “What Matters To You?” work

You will already have some great examples in Fife. We want to showcase these pre-event, on the 6th June itself and beyond.    If you have examples we can use publicly (local media, social media) and internally, get in touch with me, connie.flint@fife.gov.uk  as soon as possible so we can plan these into our communications.

Step 3:  On the day – take part

On the 6 June we would like you, individuals and teams to take part by asking those you support and deliver care to three simple questions:

  • “What are the things that are important to you at the moment?”
  • “What are some of the things you would you like to achieve as a result of this support?”
  • “When you have a good day, what are the things that make it good?”

How you do this is up to you.  It could be an event, display or face to face.

If you would like a member of the ‘What matters to you?’ team to come along to your activities on or around 6 June, please contact the What Matters to you team by emailing personcentredscot@nhs.net  They will arrange this based on location and availability.

  • When using Twitter or Facebook to post about your activities use the following tags @WMTYScot #WMTY18
  • You can post your pics on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/whatmatters2you.

Step 3:  Share your learning

Share your learning with your line manager.

Finally, let’s take part and have fun!