Welcome to the September edition of the Health and Social Care Bulletin.
We were pleased to welcome Alison Morrison, Project Manager, Fife Council, to the Health and Social Care Forum on Friday 05 September. She gave a presentation on Self Directed Support (SDS) which included an overview of SDS from a national perspective and provided an update on progress and plans at the Fife level. Members were able to ask burning questions about developments so far.
This was well timed for the Forum as ENeRGI (one of our members) are running a Self Directed Support Awareness Day on Tuesday 23 September at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes.
We have also included the link to The Scottish Government Information Portal for Self Directed Support below along with some further local information about what is happening in Fife.
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In this issue:
HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE FORUM
» Health and Social Care Forum
» The Scottish Government Information Portal for Self Directed Support
» NHS Lothian & Fife are selected as Test Sites for Self Directed Support
» Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance Quarterly Bulletin
» What Works Scotland
» ENeRGI - Self Directed Support
Health and Social Care Forum
The Health and Social Care Forum met for the third time on Thursday 05 September. The main focus of this Forum was Self Directed Support and how it would impact the people of and services in Fife. The Forum also reviewed the consultation on Localities and agreed to the Terms of Reference. To read more please visit our website which contains a note of the meeting and Forum feedback.
Save the Date!
Please take a note of the following dates for future Health and Social Care Forums; all Forums will take place at 10.00am to 12.00pm at Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes KY7 5QF.
- Wednesday 01 October - Agenda: Lisa Curtice, People Powered Health and Wellbeing Programme Director, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and Mark McGeachie, National Co-lead for Co-production and Community Capacity Building, Joint Improvement Team will present a Scottish context to the Integration Agenda; following this the Forum will discuss proposals for the Integrated Care Fund.
- Thursday 06 November
- Thursday 04 December
The Scottish Government Information Portal for Self Directed Support
The Self-Directed Suport website
is a one-stop-shop for information about Self-Directed Support for people who use social care services and health and social care professionals.
The Scottish Government are keen for organisations to promote what they are doing locally with SDS so please click here
to find out how you can contact them to promote your project/initiative. You can also use this link
to catch up with the latest news and events.
Information on the SDS Act itself can be found by clicking on the following link.
The National Strategy for SDS can be found here.
Information for professionals can be found by clicking on the following link
and information for carers by clicking here.
NHS Lothian & Fife are selected as Test Sites for Self Directed Support
Fife was selected as a test site for SDS. The Fife Test Site worked specifically with adults with Acquired Brain Injury receiving care from the Fife Rehabilitation Service. 10 participants completed the SDS journey working closely with their key health workers. To read more about this pilot and for information on the evaluation and impact on carers click here.
Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance Quarterly Bulletin
Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance have released their quarterly bulletin. They highlight the work of six community led projects working across Fife including - A Healthy Voice and Collydean Community Connections.
What Works Scotland
Fife has been chosen as one of the Case Study Partners. What Works Scotland is a new initiatve to improve the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public service development and reform. To read more click here.
Crossroads Fife Central is a registered provider of Self Directed Support and Purchased Care. They support people and services to identify and meet their care needs and the outcomes they would like to achieve, whether they are the person received support or a carer. They can assist with: personal care, medication, meals and food preparation, memory loss and confusion, shopping and much more. To find out more or to contact Crossroads visit their website.
ENeRGI - Self Directed Support
In April 2013 ENeRGI made an application to the Scottish Government’s fund that aims to build the capacity of projects in the Voluntary Sector that provide information and support about SDS. They received funding for 2 workers, a full time SDS Co-Ordinator- David Smith and a part time Assistant SDS Co-Ordinator- Norman Cowie. This fund aims to:
- Provide individuals with the information and support they need to enable them to access SDS and throughout the SDS journey;
- Recruit, train and support a team of volunteers and SDS champions to assist people practically and emotionally through the SDS journey;
- Educate and inform our own staff team, other individuals and organisations about SDS so that they are able to educate and inform service-users and other staff about SDS;
- Assess the impact of living in and using services in a rural area;
- Address the specific barriers that people with mental health issues face when making the SDS journey and find and try solutions to these;
- Work with people through the whole SDS journey. ENeRGI will act as advocates and provide them with all the support and information they need;
- Identify all the challenges and potential problems and solutions to enable SDS to be successful for each person.
To find out more about ENeRGI or the SDS project please click here.
Fife Voluntary Action
Tel: 08456 006 046
Fife Voluntary Action is the Third Sector Interface for the Fife Council area.
supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering
Registered Office: Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY75QF.
Fife Voluntary Action is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in Scotland No. SC203613 and Registered Scottish Charity No. SCO28457.