LGBT Celebration Event, 09 August, Kirkcaldy
Carers Event - NHS Fife, 26 August, Dunfermline
Diversity Week Fife, 07 to 13 September, various dates and locations throughout Fife
The Health Improvement Training Programme 2015-2016 has been published, this is a fantastic source for a range of training needs.
"Lets Get On" - Homelands Trust-Fife, 30 July, Lundin Links
Project Management, 24 August, Glenrothes
Sight Loss and Learning Disability Awareness Vision Champions (2 day course), 01 and 02 September, Cupar
Charis Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB Level 2), 10 September, TBC
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Welcome to the July edition of the Health and Social Care e-bulletin.


Fife Council and NHS Fife are seeking feedback on their Participation and Engagement approach and have provided us with an updated timetable on integration.


We would like to make a correction from our June e-bulletin. The information linked to for furniture plus was out of date. We are delighted to announce they have launched a new website showcasing their new branding.


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


Best wishes,

Christine Davison

Project Support Officer

Health and Social Care Forum

The Health and Social Care Forum will next meet on Thursday 06 August 2015 at 10.00am. We will be discussing 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 the July Forum was cancelled so there is no note of the Forum to circulate.


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


The October Forum will welcome Sara Redmond, Partnership and Practice Development Programme Manager for Self-Management at the H&SC Alliance to present on Self-Management.

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National News (click on title link for full information)

Health and Social Care Integration Leaflet


The Scottish Government's leaflet on H&SC Integration offering some key statistics and a timeline.

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Localities Guidance Launched


The Scottish Government has launched localities guidance on what localities are for, the principles upon which they should be established, and the ethos under which they should operate. 

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New study launched to help improve the lives of the elderly


Scotland's over 50s will be subject to a nationwide study of health, economic and social circumstances, with the prospect of enabling future improvements for their health and wellbeing.  The University of Stirling-led Healthy Ageing In Scotland (HAGIS) initiative will be the first of its kind in Scotland to measure individuals and households through time. 

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Discussion on review of out-of-hours services


Launched in January by Health Secretary Shona Robison, the review is considering how best to deliver out-of-hours services in light of the challenges of Scotland's ageing population, and as health and social care services become better integrated.

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Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care


New guidance to simplify and clarify the care arrangements for people with highly complex needs has been published by the Scottish Government.

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Digital access key to planning for future of NHS


Health Secretary Shona Robison has outlined the Scottish Government's vision for the use of technology to directly support individual health and care, during a speech to the annual Holyrood Telehealth and Telecare conference.

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Scotland leading the way in tackling inequality 


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Scotland will become one of the first countries in the world to sign up to a new international action plan to tackle poverty and inequality and promote sustainable development across the globe. 

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RNIB 'On My Street'


RNIB have launched a campaign to improve the UK's streets for those with visual impairments. They have launched several resources on their website to help local people improve their area for those with visual impairments.

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New NHS Organ Donor Register launched


A new, updated version of the NHS Organ Donor Register was officially launched across the UK today, extending the choices a person has about their organ donation wishes. As well as being able to record a decision to be an organ donor, the new Register will now, for the first time, enable people in Scotland to record their choice not to be an organ donor. Existing registrations from the old NHS Organ Donor Register have been transferred to the new Register by NHS Blood and Transplant. 

Regional News

Health and Social Care Integration - Your Views MatterPartEng


A full participation and engagement strategy must be in place by April 2016 as preparations continue for the full integration of health and social care services. Prior to official consultation in Autumn, views are being sought from FVA members of the proposed approach developed from the  'Way Forward' workshops facilitated by NHS Fife and Fife Council. These workshops saw over 100 carer, patient and service user representatives and members of FVA come together to give their views and share experiences on participation and engagement.

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Our Voice


Work underway in Fife chimes directly with the Scottish Government's national agenda where they have recently launched Our Voice, a vision where people who use health and care services, carers and the public will be enabled to engage purposefully with health and social care providers to continuously improve and transform services.

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Update on Integration Timetable


We are on the countdown to Fife having a Board with legal status. The Integration Schemes submitted to the Scottish Government by NHS Boards and Local Authorities across Scotland are being reviewed. We had expected this to be complete by July, but with Summer recess we understand that moving the Board from shadow to legal status will now be around October when it will be known as the Integrated Joint Board.

Meanwhile, the next key stage is to draft the Strategic Plan for Fife (2015-2018). The Plan will span services for people aged 18 years and over as well as elements of Children's Services from health and social care. It will set out our priorities and establish the framework in which we will use our resources to transform and deliver at local level. This will be out for consultation in the Autumn. 

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Local News

Spaces available at Tool Shed Dementia session


The Ecology Centre have recently opened a new session (10:00am - 12:00pm) on Wednesday mornings for people living with dementia at their Kinghorn shed. People can refer themselves or come along with a carer or support worker depending on what works best for them. The session will be supported by workshop supervisor Mark and a sessional worker Alison, who has experience supporting people living with dementia. Activities will involve working with hand tools and can be flexible depending on the interests of participants. They can help the Tool Shed's tool refurbishing projects to send tools to Africa, or they can bring in their own projects to work on. The sessions are free.

Anybody wishing to come along and join in a session or visit the Shed beforehand can contact Mark or call 01592 891567.

Furniture Plus launch new look website


Furniture Plus is the largest furniture re-use, recycling and repair organisation in Fife and has continued to grow steadily since its inception in December 2001.  Their main aim is to combat poverty and social exclusion, especially homelessness, through their core business activity of re-using, recycling and repairing furniture and other household goods that may otherwise have gone to landfill.

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'Cake My Day' van brings good news for Kirkcaldy community hub


As part of Asda's 50th birthday celebrations, their 'Cake My Day' van paid a visit to the Linton Lane Centre in Kirkcaldy, handing out slices of cake and presenting an Asda Foundation cheque for 7,725 for improvements to the centre's main hall.

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Stratheden hospital construction underway


A milestone in the construction of the new 4.4 million Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit (IPCU) at Stratheden Hospital in Cupar was reached on Monday 06 July when First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined NHS Fife chief executive Paul Hawkins in a sod-cutting ceremony.

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Read the latest Queen Margaret Hospital Development Newsletter


Click the title link to read the latest from the Queen Margaret Hospital developments.  
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