FVA Health and Social Care Bulletin, Tuesday 02 December 2014
Welcome to the Health and Social Care e-bulletin.
This month at the Health and Social Care Forum we welcomed Change Managers Heather Ford and Fiona McKenzie. The Forum was able to contribute to the Fife Consultation on Localities and
hear the latest updates on Integration. Members also enjoyed a networking lunch to get to know colleagues better. For the note of the forum, feedback and presentations click
We are pleased to announce that the Self-Directed Support Fund for Scotland has opened for applications. We are keen for organisations in Fife to apply for this fund but also want to
hear from organisations who wish to work together or develop a consortium approach for this fund. More information on this can be found
here or in the text below.
Following the Scottish Government Cabinet re-shuffle, the new Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport is Shona Robinson MSP. Read more on this
We have some interesting papers to share including ‘Self-directed Support: My support, my choice: your guide to social care’. This is a progress report into the care of older people in
As always this is your e-bulletin; here at FVA we like to hear about your achievements, developments or anything that you wish to share. So please let us know if there is anything you
would like to see in the next e-bulletin. Send your content to Christine@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk or call 08456 006 046.
A total of 27 people representing 23 organisations attended the November Forum where we welcomed Fiona McKenzie and Heather Ford, Change Managers for Integration to consult on the Fife
Localities Consultation. We also heard several updates on integration, updates from members themselves and enjoyed a networking lunch where members were able to network with colleagues.
The Forum continues to be well attended and members enjoy hearing updates on Integration, Self-Directed Support and speaking to peers on shared challenges. To read a note of the Forum,
feedback, and for Heather and Fiona’s presentations please click here.
‘Self-directed Support: My support, my choice: your guide to social care’ is useful for those who are
in receipt of social care support or are thinking of getting support; for relatives or friends of someone who has support needs; or if you work with people who have support needs, however
'Self-directed Support: practitioner guidance’ is also a useful resource
if you work with those who have support needs and you wish to know more about Self-Directed Support.
With life expectancy increasing in the UK, health expectancies are a way to monitor whether the ‘extra’ years gained are spent in ‘good’ health or free from a limiting illness or
disability. This report updates on national estimates of disability-free and healthy life expectancy estimates for 2009–11.
Key points include:
To read more on this report click here.
This report provides a
review of Health Improvement Scotland findings from inspections looking at the care of older people in acute hospitals carried out from May 2013 to July 2014. This is the third overview
report since inspections began in February 2012. The report highlights areas of improvement and where further improvements can be made.
As part of new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s cabinet re-shuffle Shona Robinson MSP has been announced as the new Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport. To read more on the
full cabinet appointments please click here.
The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey reveals that of the 1,500 people surveyed, around two-thirds of people said they knew someone who had experienced a mental health problem and a
quarter of people said they had personally experienced a mental health problem, with depression most commonly reported. Over one third of people with mental health problems said they had
experienced some negative social impact as a result of others’ attitudes towards their problem. To read more on this report click
Silver Line: The free 24-hour helpline for older people took nearly 300,000 calls in its first year. More than half of callers told the helpline they had nobody else to talk to and some
called to report abuse or neglect in their homes or in residential care. To read more on Sliver line’s first year click
This event will outline the latest developments in health and social care integration, and how this will impact upon the delivery of housing and support services in Scotland in the
future; it will also address how strategic commissioning of key housing and support services will change, and the implications for landlords and housing sector service providers. The event
takes place on Thursday 11 December in Edinburgh and there is a cost to attend. To find out more click
The Scottish Government’s Integration and Reshaping Care Division have cast the spotlight on Fife’s Director of Health and Social Care Integration, Sandy Riddell. To read his responses
A new Scottish Government Fund has been announced with proposals being invited for submission by 09 January 2015. The fund is worth £8.4m over three years, and directly follows the
previous Self-Directed Support funding that finishes in 2015. To find out more on this Fund and how you can work with partners in Fife click
Recruitment and funding can be key issues for third sector organisations, however there are several recruitment and employer incentives here in Fife to help you train and find new
members of staff. More information on these incentives can be found
The Big Lottery Fund -Awards for All has re-opened for applications. To apply or for more information click
The Adult Protection Committee booklet
'Surviving Christmas and New Year' is now available. The
booklet is A7 pocket-sized and provides a list of useful phone numbers, websites and tips for staying safe and keeping well over the festive season. If your organisation would like copies,
please contact: email@example.com or call 03451 555 555 Ext 442 134.
Places are available on the following courses:
For every month that there are no accidents on site, the company puts money into the ‘Lost Time Accident Fund’, and employees are given the chance to nominate the charities they would
like to receive a contribution. To read more on the local charities that have benefited please click
Councillors have welcomed an update from Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT), which is looking to revamp Leven’s Silverburn Park. Ahead of the recent Levenmouth Area Committee meeting,
several elected members visited the park to see for themselves the work which has already been carried out, including a new Redwood Trail and improved pond area. To read more on this
development click here.