Health and Social Care e-bulletin
January 2015

Happy New Year and welcome back; we hope you had an enjoyable festive season and have started work refreshed and ready to go.


We want to thank you for all your contributions to the Health and Social Care Forum in 2014. We hope you have enjoyed being part of this new Forum and we look forward to working with you into 2015 and beyond.


The December Health and Social Care Forum heard several updates including the announcement that Fife has agreed on seven localities following the Fife Localities Consultation. Members discussed the Self-Directed Support (SDS) Fund and how we can continue to improve this e-bulletin. The note of the Form and feedback can be found here.


We had several members express an interest in working together to submit a bid for this SDS fund. After an initial meeting the group decided there was no solid bid that could be put forward. The meeting was highly positive however and we hope there will be similar opportunities to support in future. To read a short summary of the meeting and discussions click here.


The Health and Social Care Forum will next meet on Thursday 22 January 2015 at 2.00pm. If you haven't done so already, please confirm your attendance to Christine Davison or call 08456 006 046.


Please let us know if there is anything you wish to share with colleagues in the next e-bulletin or if there is anything you feel should be included. Send your content and/or suggestions to [email protected] or call 08456 006 046. 

Best wishes, 

Christine Davison

Highlights In This Issue
Joint Employability and Health and Social Care Forum, Wednesday 11 February 2015, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
This February we are bringing the Fife Employability Forum and the third sector Health and Social Care Forum together for a one-off event. We hope to build understanding of the interconnections between the two agendas and raise awareness of some of the key changes taking place at strategic levels in Fife which will affect both areas.


And because we don't want you to miss out on sector-specific updates, both Forums will run separately from 9.30am to 10.45. Participants will then come together after the morning break for the joint session finishing with a networking lunch and the opportunity to browse stalls hosted by relevant local organisations. The joint Forum will take place at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes.


Places are limited. To book your place please email Christine Davison with details of which session(s) you wish to attend using the format below:


Health and Social Care Forum    
9.30-10.45 (Rooms 3+4)

Employability Forum                      
9.30-10.45 (Hall B)

Joint Forum                                       
11.00-13.00 (Hall B)

Health and Social Care Forum Note and FeedbackHandSC

Health and Social Care Forum, Thursday 04 December 2014


A total of 18 people attended the last Health and Social Care Forum for 2014 on Thursday 04 December. The Forum heard several updates on the Integration, discussed the SDS Fund and the Health and Social Care e-bulletin. To read a note of the Forum and feedback please click here.

National News

Health and Social Care Integration policy update


Since the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 was passed on April 01 2014, the Implementation Policy Team at Scottish Government has been developing the secondary legislation since to underpin the Act. They have consulted over the summer on the regulations and orders and worked with stakeholders to shape the legislation. Click here to read the latest updates on regulations and orders, guidance, shadow integration joint boards, integration schemes, and next steps for integration across Scotland. Or to watch a video presentation on where Scotland currently is with Integration click here.

Many conditions, one life: living well with multiple conditions


'Many Conditions, One Life' is a new action plan to improve care and support for people living with multiple conditions in Scotland. It was developed with the ALLIANCE Academy and their network of people living with multiple conditions. The plan describes ten actions that must be taken in each GP practice, in all community teams and in every community in Scotland. More information and the full report can be found here.

Older people's outcomes framework


NHS Health Scotland has developed an outcomes framework for older people, working with the Scottish Government's Reshaping Care policy team, Analytical Services, the Joint Improvement Team and local partnerships. The work is closely linked to the 'Stitch in Time' project led by Evaluation Support Scotland on the third sector contribution to Reshaping Care for Older People. To find out more on this outcomes framework and the logic models they have created for age-friendly homes, eating well, falls prevention, end-of-life, and strategic outcomes click here

Lifestyle responsible for up to 76% of changes in brain ageing, according to Age UK


Analysis by Age UK suggests there are five steps people can take to maintain brain health and reduce their risk of developing dementia. The review of academic studies and data reveals that about 76% of cognitive decline is accounted for by lifestyle and other environmental factors including level of education. To read more on this report click here.

Scotland to host global alcohol conference


Scotland will host The Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) next year to look at new ways to reduce alcohol-related harm. The conference will be held in Edinburgh in October 2015, and will attract more than 500 delegates from around the globe including international speakers. To read more on this event click here.

Scotland's first Minister for mental health


Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health is the first Scottish Government Minister to have mental health in his or her job title. To read more about his ambitions for the post click here.

Tackling delayed discharge is top priority


The new Health Secretary, Shona Robison, has said that working to reduce the numbers of people waiting to be discharged from hospital would be one of her top priorities going forward. Her comments follow figures published which show that delayed discharge continues to present challenges for the NHS. Official statistics show that at the October 2014 census, 321 patients were delayed over four weeks, of which approximately three quarters were aged over 75. To read more on this click here.

Statistics for physical activity, alcohol and obesity appear to be levelling out


Recent statistics published by the Scottish Government show that physical activity levels are improving and fewer adults are drinking, to read more on these click here. It is also reported that overweight and obesity levels are stabilising. To read more on this click here.

Statistics for social care services Scotland 2014


This statistics release presents the latest national figures for social care services provided or purchased by local authorities in Scotland. This includes figures on the number of home care clients, the hours they have received, and the numbers of people receiving direct payments. For a larger break down of health care statistics click here

Back-to-work schemes make mental health worse according to charity


The government's back-to-work schemes are ineffective and damaging for people with mental health problems, according to campaigners. The charity Mind says unemployed people with mental health problems should be moved from mainstream programmes onto a specialist scheme. To read more click here.

Regional News

Consultation launched on Fife's Integration Scheme 


The Integration Scheme is a legal requirement of all NHS boards and Local Authorities across Scotland as part of the Scottish Government's Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014. The Integration Scheme will set out the arrangements for the new joint Health and Social Care Partnership in Fife and the joint services for which it is responsible. The deadline for submissions is Saturday 31 January 2015. To find out more or to take part in this consultation click here.

'Your Views Matter' localities consultation report publishedYourViewsMatter


Following the Fife Localities Consultation, it has been confirmed that Fife's joint health and social care services will be planned across seven localities. This has been approved by members of the Joint Shadow Board as the way forward for Fife. 

The seven locality areas are the same as the boundaries of the existing Fife local community planning groups:


  • North East Fife (takes in Auchtermuchty, Cupar, Taybridgehead, St Andrews Crail and Anstruther)
  • Glenrothes (takes in Thornton, Kinglassie and Leslie)
  • Kirkcaldy (takes in Burntisland and Kinghorn)
  • Levenmouth (takes in West Wemyss, Buckhaven, Methil, Methilhill, Kennoway and Leven)
  • City of Dunfermline
  • South West Fife (takes in Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Rosyth, Kincardine, Oakley and Saline)
  • Cowdenbeath (takes in Lochgelly, Kelty and Cardenden).


To read more on the 'Your Views Matter' report click here.

Local data now available in KnowFife dataset from 2011 census 


Local data from Scotland's 2011 Census is now available on the KnowFife Dataset through the 2011 census profile, and interactive thematic maps. The KnowFife Dataset makes it possible to view census data for a whole new set of local geographies which are not included in the Census Data Explorer including area committee, community councils, school catchment areas and SIMD quintiles. To read more click here.

Former Leven GP now vice-chairman of NHS Fife


Dr Les Bisset joined the NHS Fife Board as a non-executive member earlier this year, having worked as a General Practitioner at Leven Health Centre for 34 years before his retirement in 2010. Dr Bisset assumes the role of vice-chairman from Alastair Robertson, who will shortly retire from the Board, having joined in 2007, and having served as vice-chairman since 2011. To read more click here.

NHS Fife's 'Know Who To Turn To' campaign


NHS Fife's 'Know Who To Turn To' campaign is aimed at helping people choose the most appropriate service for their needs so they can access the best treatment in the shortest time possible. The 'Know Who To Turn To' booklet includes information on services and what they can treat. To read the booklet, or for further information please click here.

Local News

Call for better Motor Neuron Disease (MND) provision from Kirkcaldy campaigner 


Gordon Aikman was 29 when he was diagnosed with MND. Gordon has launched 'Gordon's Fight Back', a campaign which calls for, amongst other things, an end to councils charging dying people for care and for the NHS to fund specialist MND nurses, which are currently paid for by charity. To read more click here.

The Fife Diet to close at end of 2015


After starting up in 2007 the Fife Diet will finish at the end of 2015. To read their reasons for finishing the project and for further information please click here.

Real Connections newsletter


Click here to read the latest Real Connections Newsletter.

Local Spotlight

Autism one stop shop extended to March 2016


The Scottish Government has extended funding for the Autism one stop shops into 2015/16. They have also committed to providing practical support in the form of a Joint Improvement Team Development Advisor to work with Autism charities and the one stop shops locally to help inform and facilitate local community partnerships to help secure local buy in.  

British Red Cross launch discharge pilot in Fife


The British Red Cross are piloting an Assisted Discharge Service to help patients who are able to go home, but have little or no family support to get them home. Volunteers will take the person home and help around the house while the person settles in after their admission. Further information on this pilot can be obtained by contacting on [email protected] or 01592 770 459.  

Homelands Trust offer on accessible accommodation


Homelands Trust have discounted accessible self-catering cottages for 3 or 4 days for 295. This offer is to be taken before the end of March 2015 and is ideal for short breaks. To find out more click here.
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