Opportunity to have your say on how care and support services are organised
15 July 2015, Glasgow
The Health Improvement Training Programme 2015-2016 has been published, this is a fantastic source for a range of training needs.
Course 2 - Volunteer Recruitment, 17 July 2015, Glenrothes
Project Management, 27 July 2015, Glenrothes
TOPJune 2015


Welcome to the June edition of the Health and Social Care e-bulletin.


We're delighted to start off this bulletin by congratulating not one, but two of our fantastic Fife charities - Furniture Plus and Dunfermline Advocacy for scooping the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services 2015!

This shows not only the quality but the range of services we have here in Fife and having them recognised in this way promotes Fife as an excellent place for third sector organisations to thrive.

You can nominate organisations for the 2016 Queens Award here. The deadline for nominations is 18 September 2015.


Fife Voluntary Action, in partnership with Real Life Options, hosted 'Making Local Choice a Reality' on Wednesday 27 May at the Rothes Halls. Read more about how the day went here.


News to share? Send your content and/or suggestions to [email protected] or call 08456 006 046.


Best wishes,

Christine Davison
Health and Social Care Forum

The Health and Social Care Forum met on Thursday 04 June to hear feedback on 'Making Local Choice a Reality' and discuss the term 'frailty' and what this means for organisations going forward. You can read the note of the Forum here.


The Health and Social Care Forum will next meet on Thursday 06 August 2015 at 10.00am. We will welcome someone to discuss the Scottish Public Health Observatory Health and Wellbeing Profiles. If you haven't done so already, please confirm your attendance to Christine Davison

or call 08456 006 046.


Please note that our July Forum is cancelled.


Our September Forum will discuss the collaboration between the Carers Centre and Fife Council Social Work Services.

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National News

World Health Organisation (WHO) global strategy on people-centered and integrated health services - call for responses 


The WHO global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services represents a call for a fundamental shift in the way health services are funded, managed and delivered. As is often discussed at the H&SC forum it is recognised that people are living longer often with long-term chronic conditions and preventable illnesses which often require multiple complex interventions. This means that pressure on health systems continues to grow.

Improvements in the delivery of health services will be challenging unless a people-centred and integrated health services approach is adopted. Without this approach health care will become increasingly fragmented, inefficient and unsustainable.

Putting people at the heart of the health-care experience and focusing on a true and lasting integration of services offered to them is urgently needed to meet the challenges faced by today's health systems, however diverse. The WHO strategy presents a compelling vision of a future in which all people have access to health services that are provided in a way that responds to their preferences, are coordinated around their needs and are safe, effective, timely, efficient and of an acceptable quality.

The WHO are calling for individuals and organisations to contribute to the development of this strategy which is currently in draft form. To contribute to the report or to read the current interim report click the title link.   

What's your view on reporting harm?


The Scottish Government is proposing new rules for a new duty of health and social care services to tell people when harm had occurred during their care or treatment. The new Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 04 June 2015. Its main provisions include:

  • Placing a duty on organisations to be open when someone has suffered unintended harm during a period of treatment or care.

  • Support for all involved, and training for any staff involved in responding to any such incident.

  • The creation of new criminal offences of wilful neglect or ill treatment.

  • Steps to regulate electronic cigarettes and stop smoking outside NHS hospital buildings.

The Alliance are pulling together a response. If you have any views on the Bill and its provisions, please contact Andrew Strong, Policy and Information Manager at the Alliance by email: [email protected] or telephone: 0141 404 0231. 

Scottish Human Rights Commission short films on human rights in HS&C 


The Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and NHS Health Scotland have joined forces to launch a series of short films highlighting the power of human rights to improve people's health and the care and support they access.

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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill passes stage 3


The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill, has been passed at Stage 3 following a debate in the Scottish Parliament. The Bill provides a framework which aims to empower community bodies through the ownership of land and buildings, strengthen community voices in the decisions that matter to them and improve the process of community planning. Fife Voluntary Action are working closely with partners to ensure Fife's communities can fully benefit from these new powers. 

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Health and Wellbeing ProfilesHWProfiles


The Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO) has launched 2015 Health and Wellbeing Profiles which provide a broad picture of health in Scotland, highlight health and social inequalities and aim to enable resources  to be appropriately targeted to reduce inequalities. 

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Cabinet Secretary welcomes new report into management of frailty and delirium


Health Secretary Shona Robison, welcomed the findings of a new report by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

The report details the impact of an improvement programme of work commissioned by the Scottish Government and run by Healthcare Improvement Scotland since 2012.

The programme focused on two critical areas - frailty and delirium. Healthcare Improvement Scotland worked with health boards to develop various tools to improve identification and care for people with delirium, and improve care coordination for people with frailty in acute hospitals.

Understanding everyday help and support, Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has release a report, as part of their Risk, Trust and Relationships programme, which investigates how everyday help and support allow people to lead 'liveable' lives, exploring the impact of social context and relationships and the development of support over time. Key findings include:

  • Small acts of help, support and kindness were often barely noticed, but had fundamental consequences for well-being

  • The physical characteristics of residential and public spaces shaped everyday help and support by creating and restricting opportunities for engagement.

  • Individual circumstances and life events (e.g. parenting, ill health, retirement) created needs for informal help and support, but also ways of potentially meeting those needs. 

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Every week can be carers week!


Carers week ran from Monday 08 to Sunday 14 June, highlighting the impact caring has on Scottish communities. Three in five of us will become carers at some point in our lives. In Scotland there are around 788,000 carers and young carers who provide essential support valued at more than �10billion a year and in Fife we have a higher proportion of carers than the average local authority.

Elderly people who exercise 'live five years longer'


Regular exercise in old age has as powerful an effect on life expectancy as giving up smoking, researchers say. The analysis of 5,700 elderly men in Norway showed those doing three hours of exercise a week lived around five years longer than the sedentary. The study however is published as the British Heart Foundation publishes a report warning people are getting too little exercise.

Pilotlight pathways to Self-Directed Support (SDS)


Pilotlight has worked with co-design teams of people who use and deliver services across Scotland to design pathways to SDS. Using a design approach, Pilotlight aimed to demonstrate how to design support for seldom heard groups, provide more personalised and appropriate services and increase the marketplace of support providers. Read about what they've learned about: Effective pathways to SDS and achieving successful co-design.  

Action on Elder Abuse


Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) is a specialist organisation that operates across the four nations of the United Kingdom. Unlike other 'older people's organisations they focus exclusively on the issue of elder abuse, not as one issue among many, but as a single focus to their work.

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H&SC Alliance Self-Management Awards 2015


The Alliance will be holding the fifth annual Self-Management Awards during Self-Management Week which runs from 28 September to 02 October 2015.

Nominate someone if you been inspired to self-manage or if you heard about a project or person who inspires others to self-manage. You can submit a nomination to the following categories:

  • Self-Management Supporting Health Board of the Year

  • Self-Management Project of the Year

  • Inspirational Person of the Year

  • Self-Management Partnership of the Year

  • Best Self-Management Resource

Please e-mail [email protected] for a nomination form or for more information. Deadline for nominations is Friday 31 July 2015.

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Regional News

Strengthening Communities Outcome Theme Group


Fife Voluntary Action are delighted to announce their involvement with a brand new strategic group in Fife directly accountable to Fife Partnership Executive Group. This new group is the "Strengthening Communities Outcome Theme Group" which will feed directly into community planning. 

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Local News
Feedback Report: 'Making Local Choice a Reality'MLCR
Fife Voluntary Action hosted 'Making Local Choice a Reality' in partnership with Real Life Options. The conference aimed to stimulate providers across Fife around Self-Directed Support (SDS). Over 90 people attended across the day to hear from Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health and Councillor Gavin Yates executive spokesperson for Community Health and Wellbeing. Attendees attended four out of six workshops. You can read the feedback report via the title link above.

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Fife Centre for Equalities Diversity Week - 07 to 13 September 2015

Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE) are delighted to announce Diversity Week 2015 with the following details having been confirmed:

  • Inclusive Communication Conference, Monday 7 September, 9:30 to 4:30 - showcasing good practices in engaging with clients with communication needs across the sectors.

  • Programme of come and try events organised by groups and organisations across Fife.

  • Coffee morning/afternoon in neighbourhoods

  • Diversity Gala, Sunday 13 September, 9:30 to 4:30 - featuring a range of local talents to celebrate diversity in Fife.

Stall spaces are limited at the conference and diversity gala. To avoid disappointment, please book now. If you would like to take part in any of the above, please contact FCE Manager Nina Munday as soon as possible.

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Organisations working in West Fife beware bogus salespeople


Fife Council are reporting incidents where vulnerable people have been contacted and visited at home by people claiming to have received their personal information from NHS and have been offered expensive medical equipment. Help make sure your service users are safe. Find out more by clicking the title link.

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General Advisors - volunteering opportunities at CARF


Citizens Advice and Rights Fife (CARF) are looking for General Advisors across Fife - if you have any service users or know of anyone that may be interested please contact [email protected] to find out more or how to apply.

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