Fife Mental Health Strategy review – your views matter

Dear Colleagues

Due to the rapidly changing landscape in mental health services both locally and nationally, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership is reviewing its current Fife Mental Health Strategy “What Matters to You?” 2013-2020.  It is proposed that the new Mental Health Strategy for Fife will be implemented from April 2019 to 2023.

Fife Health and Social Care Partnership is seeking views from a variety of stakeholders, which will inform the Strategy and shape the future for mental health related support services in Fife.

To assist in the consultation process, we are asking senior managers within Health and Social Care to take responsibility for cascading information and seeking feedback from their teams for submission to us for consideration.  If you have any team/management meetings during January can you please discuss the review with your staff.  Please circulate this information to your team managers for discussion at their own team meetings.  This should ensure we undertake as wide a consultation as possible, in the short timescale, and capture the views of as many staff members as we can.

In addition to feedback from staff, a survey link has been circulated to the public for feedback via online and social media channels.

The review consultation document below provides an overview of the process.  This contains the link to the online survey.  We have also included a separate feedback form which will allow staff to provide some additional information about their experiences of mental health services in general – either from an internal or external point of view if they wish.  Finally, we have attached a register of attendance form which should be completed by all teams being consulted with.  Please return all the forms to Jo-Anne Carstairs, Health and Social Care, 5th Floor (North), Rothesay House or by e-mail

If you have any staff who do not have access to e-mail or internet we can provide a hard copy of all of the attached and the survey.  This can be requested by e-mailing

Thanking you in advance of your assistance.

Supporting documentation

Alison Morrison, Change Manager – Fife wide, Health and Social Care, 5th Floor North, Rothesay House, Glenrothes,
Tel: 03451 55 55 55  ext 445976

Julie O’Neill, HSCP Fife-wide Division Business Manager, 5th Floor North, Rothesay House, Glenrothes
Tel: 03451 555555 ext 461257

EU Settlement Pilot 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. All qualifying Fife Council employees should provide their receipt electronically to their manager. The manager will then email this to and the Payroll team will input the data. 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. 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

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)

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:

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.


Joining Up Care consultation workshops – check out one near you

Your views are important – please come along to one of our local consultation workshops to find out more about how health and social care services could be improved for you and the communities of Fife.

The focus of the workshops will be:

  • Community Health & Wellbeing Hubs
  • Out of Hours Urgent Care Redesign
  • Community Hospital and Intermediate Care Bed Redesign


  • Tuesday 21st August • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    City Chambers, Dunfermline
  • Thursday 23rd August • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    Fife Voluntary Action, East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy
  • Tuesday 28th August • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    CISWO, South Street, Glenrothes
  • Thursday 30th August • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    Inverkeithing High School, 10 Queen Street, Inverkeithing
  • Tuesday 4th September • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    County Buildings, St Catherine Street, Cupar
  • Wednesday 5th September • 11.15am – 1pm
    City Chambers, Dunfermline
  • Tuesday 11th September • 11.15am – 1pm
    County Buildings, St Catherine Street, Cupar
  • Wednesday 12th September • 11.15am – 1pm
    Fife House, North St, Glenrothes
  • Thursday 13th September • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    Inzievar Primary School, Station Rd, Oakley
  • Tuesday 18th September • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    The Centre, 1 Broomieknowe, Leven
  • Thursday 20th September • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    Waid Community Campus, Anstruther
  • Monday 24th September • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    St Andrews Town Hall Queen’s Gardens, St Andrews
  • Tuesday 25th September • 6.45pm – 8.30pm
    Lochgelly Centre


Click here to find out more about Joining Up Care in Fife

*Doors will open 30 minutes before event starts. Please note that these events will be covered by the media. Photography and filming may take place throughout the event and used for publicity and promotional reasons (e.g. social media, internet, in print, TV etc).

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