FVA Health and Social Care Bulletin, Tuesday 28 October 2014
The latest Health and Social Care Forum was held on Wednesday 01 October (Older People’s day). We welcomed Mark McGeachie - National Co-lead for Co-production and Community Capacity
Building with the Joint Improvement Team and Lisa Curtice - People Powered Health and Wellbeing Programme Director, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.
Mark and Lisa jointly presented on "Co-producing integration: the why and the how". They gave an overview of the policy landscape and provided examples of where co-production and
integration are joining up to create a more person centred approach.
We also wanted to highlight an exciting opportunity through The Open University offering a free course on Self Directed Support, which you can read more about below.
The next bulletin will be going out in November. Please let Christine Davison know if you wish to submit any content or promote any services.
We are keen to hear from those who were unable to attend the Forum and provide us with updates, so please do let us know of any services or projects you would like to promote.
The Health and Social Care Forum on Wednesday 01 October focused on co-production, integration and the Integrated Care Fund.
The next forum will take place on Thursday 06 November with Change Managers Fiona McKenzie and Heather Ford coming along to give us the latest update for Health and Social Care
in Fife. Please book your place by contacting Christine Davison via email Christine@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk or telephone:
08456 006 046
Save the date of the last Forum in 2015 which is on Thursday 04 December 2014.
Plan ahead! Dates for 2015 below:
All of the Forums take place at 10.00am at Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF
We have a short policy brief on our website offering an overview of the policy context around
co-production and why it is so important to integration and the changes we are seeing in service delivery.
The Scottish Co-Production Network also provides a range of information on co-production. Including: definitions of
co-production, the latest
resources you can use to inform your own work around co-production.
The event “Preparing for Integration: Developing your Strategic Plan” was held on Wednesday 08 October 2014. The event focused on the analysis required for integration authorities to
develop their Joint Strategic Commissioning plans in 2015-16. To gain an idea of what was discussed and to see where things are going click
As part of the event “Essential Things You Need to Grow" Glasgow CVS are hosting the session “The basics of Health and Social Care Integration.” To find out more on this free session
click here to visit our website.
A free online training course has been designed by The Open University with support from the Scottish Government. “Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland” is aimed at anyone
involved with self-directed support. To read more about this course please click
National Statistics published for Scotland show that life expectancy for men and women continues to rise and is now 76.8 years for males and 80.9 years for females. However life
expectancy continues to vary widely across Scotland. Men in the least deprived areas of Scotland may live 12.5 years longer than those in the most deprived areas while women in the least
deprived areas could expect to live 8.5 years longer than those in the most deprived. Read more on life expectancy in Scotland
Edinburgh has become the only Scottish city to join the
URBACT Healthy Ageing project this year. URBACT aims to share expertise about schemes aimed
at promoting the importance of being healthy in later life. To read the press release click
The Study "Isolation: the emerging crisis for older men” by
the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and the charity Independent Age predicts the number of older men living alone in England will increase by 65% by 2030. The study found that older
men often relied on women to maintain ties with family and friends and that widowed men are less likely to seek support. To read the article click
Age Northern Ireland claim that Investing in social care will release savings in the future. Attendances at emergency departments could be reduced by 29% and for every £1 spent,
hospitals could save £1.20 in emergency beds. Click
read the briefing paper.
Three years on from the abolition of the default retirement age, more than one million over 65's now choose to stay in work. The figures are revealed in a new Department for Work and
Pensions (DWP) analysis released to mark International Older People’s Day. To read more about how people are looking to say in work longer click
"Health inequality is the biggest issue facing Scotland today,” Scotland’s former Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns once warned a committee of MSPs. This has helped to make health
inequalities a key focus on NHS Health Scotland’s Annual Review. In the Fairer Healthier Scotland strategy
the special health board pledged that: “Together we can build a Scotland where all people and communities have their fair share of the opportunities, resources and confidence needed to live
a fairer, healthier lives.”
NHS Health Scotland’s Annual Review was a chance for an expert panel to quiz the board on their progress.NHS Health Scotland Chair, Margaret Burns explained that health inequalities are
not inevitable but must be tackled through their fundamental causes, such as environmental influences, unequal access to power, resources and money.
Chief Executive, Gerald McLaughlin said the board assesses every action for its impact on health inequalities. However, he warned that many of the determinants of health do not actually
lie within the NHS. For example, unemployment and low wages are major causes of health inequalities, he said. And moving into unemployment increases the risk of death by 63 per cent.
The board explained that it has set up an Inequalities Action Group to identify feasible actions for CPPs to mitigate the impact of health inequalities, arguing that CPPs are also best
placed to co-design services with communities to ensure the greatest needs are met.
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland published two reports this month -
'Experience of Named Persons' and
'Updated Survey of Recorded Matters.' Each report shows there is a lack of
clarity and understanding amongst service users - and their families and carers - about parts of the Mental Health Act that directly affect them. Read the Mental Welfare Commissions press
release on these two reports here.
These events are our first opportunity to hear from Sandy Riddell, the new Director of Health and Social Care. If you are interested, book your place using the form attached
In the face of mounting pressure on GP’s and primary health care professionals Fife looked to Alaska for inspiration. Two years ago, Buckhaven’s Muiredge Surgery trialled the Alaskan
system of general practice in which a dedicated team aimed to address all the patient’s health and wellbeing issues at one appointment. After the pilot, patient and staff satisfaction was
shown to have increased and early results suggested positive changes in improved access and the delivery of a better service. To read more about the pilot in Fife click
Wellbeing statistics for Scotland show that, if scoring each topic out of 10, Scotland does well in areas such as safety (8.7), environment (7.9), access to services (9.3) and education
(8.4). However, it comes out worse in civic engagement (4.7), health (4.8) and income (5.4). To read more on these statistics please click
The Conversation Cafe aims to be a hosted event where members of the Oakley community can discuss the issues that affect them and turn ideas into community led action. The Cafe is open
to everyone in the Community and provides free tea, coffee and food. It is open on Tuesdays from 10am to 12noon in the Oakley Community Centre. Help is available for transport and
childcare. More information can be found
Buckhaven Community Centre has bought a Philips Heartstart Defibrillator. There is no legal requirement for community centres to host Defibrillators on site but the management committee
recognised that this may soon change. To read more click here.
LinkLiving launched their brand new app “Living Smart” last week. Living Smart was made by a group of young LinkLiving volunteers who wanted to help guide other young people to find
information about independent living choices to prevent homelessness. The app provides ‘advice at your fingertips’ and links to information on health & wellbeing, financial help and
personal safety. To read more on the app launch click here.
Age Concern Glenrothes invite you along to their 17th Annual General Meeting. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact Fiona Kennedy on 01592 756316 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend. Click
here for more information.
Disabled Persons Housing Service (Fife) invite you along to their AGM and Open Housing Event. The AGM starts at 1.00pm on Monday 03 November at St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy. There will
be invited speakers on a range of subjects, networking and stalls to browse. Refreshments are included. To find out more or to book your place please click
Aiveen Ryan is offering free taster sessions for laughter yoga. To find out more contact Aiveen Ryan on 077 964 963 22 or e-mail