Diversity Week Fife, 07 to 13 September, various dates and locations throughout Fife
Energy Saving for Older Properties, 10 September, Kirkcaldy
Harvest Festival at Earthship Fife, 12 September, Kinghorn
Charis Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB Level 2), 10 September, TBC
Good Wood Glenrothes - Fortmonthills Community Woodland, 10 Septmeber, Fortmonthills Community Woodland
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Seminar, 28 September, Glenrothes
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We hosted a fantastic Forum at the start of August with over 30 members attending to hear from Annemarie Van Heelsum (National Services Scotland) take us through the Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO) Health and Wellbeing Profiles. More on this can be found below.
Don't forget to check out what's on during Diversity Week Fife, which starts next week with the Inclusive Communication Conference at the Lochgelly Centre

Fancy a trip to Oban to learn more about 'Healthy Options'? Click here to found out more. 

And last (but not least) we have updated the H&SC section of our website so its easier for you to find notes of previous forums held.
News to share? Send your content and/or suggestions to [email protected] or call 08456 006 046.
Best wishes,
Christine Davison
Project Support Officer
Health and Social Care Forum

Our next meeting is on Thursday 03 September where we will discuss the collaboration between the Carers Centre and Fife Council Social Work Services.

Please let [email protected] know if you're planning to attend.


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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August Health and Social Care ForumHSCF
The health and social care forum last met on Thursday 06 August 2015 at 10.00am. We discussed the Scottish Public Health Observatory Health and Wellbeing Profiles and heard the latest updates on integration.
Read the note of the Forum here.
National News (click on title link for full information)
The Case for Investing in Public Health - WHO report

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published 'The Case for Investing in Public Health' which presents evidence that prevention can be cost-effective, provide value for money and give returns on investment in both the short and longer terms. 
The report outlines several useful key points including a breakdown of health topics and the cost at individual, health sector and government/wider society level. 

Information Services Division (ISD) report on the number of NHSScotland patients who were judged to be clinically ready for discharge but who remained in a hospital bed on the June 2015 census day; and the total number of days that delayed discharge patients occupied hospital beds during the month of May 2015.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a draft guideline to support the NHS in providing high quality and compassionate care for people who are dying. The draft NICE guideline, which has been published for consultation, follows the abolition of the Liverpool Care Pathway. The consultation for the draft NICE guideline will remain open until Wednesday 09 September 2015. Comments will then be reviewed before the final guideline is published for NHS use.
Work to update the NHS Scotland policies for CPR towards the end of life is nearing completion.
In 2010 Scotland became the first country in Europe to implement a national policy to support best practice in CPR decision making and communication. A recent legal ruling and associated changes in UK-wide good practice guidance have prompted a light touch review of Scotland's policies for adults and for young adults and children. The review has been informed by clinician, patient and carer experience.
The updated policies and associated documents are being circulated for feedback from healthcare professionals and patient groups before being finalised.

Mental health experts and campaigners have raised a series of concerns about the services being offered to sufferers during a summit held at the Scottish Parliament.
They cited bed shortages, lack of adequate staffing and waiting times among the issues. Read more on this summit by clicking the title link.

In response to the integration of health and social care services across Scotland, the expertise of the Joint Improvement Team, the Quality and Efficiency Support Team and Healthcare Improvement Scotland Safety and Improvement team are being combined into one new integrated improvement offering.
The purpose of this new integrated resource, which will be fully functional by 01 April 2016 will be to unify effort and coordinate an integrated support service that helps health and social care services across Scotland to deliver better outcomes for their populations. A briefing has been produced for further information.

The Care Inspectorate, Scotland's social care scrutiny and improvement body, has published a review of the first three years of its work. Click the title link to read more.

A new project will make it easier for members of the deafblind community to access information and speak out about the issues that affect them.

Mark Golledge,  Programme Manager at the LGA, leading on health and care informatics, and co-executive lead of one of the NIB workstreams offers his thoughts on the future of information and technology in health and care.
Regional News

Two senior positions within the Health and Social Care Partnership have been made. Nicky Connor has been appointed to the role of Associate Director of Nursing (Fife-wide) and Dr. Seonaid McCallum will be the Partnership's Associate Medical Director.

Autumn sign-off for Integration Scheme expected


It is expected that Fife's Integration Scheme will be signed off in October 2015.

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Fife Voluntary Action has taken over the management of the old social work building which looks onto both Wemyssfield and East Fergus Place. Work is well underway to redecorate the interior and re-brand the building as 'New Volunteer House'. Some of our members have already moved in!
Disabilities FIfe, Express Group and many others can now be found at New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT.

Fife One Stop Shop offers people with autism, their families and professionals information and advice about autism, the kinds of support services that are available, and how to access them. 

ENABLE U is a service in Fife and Forth Valley for families with children who are in the early process of getting or have recently received a diagnosis of a learning disability. 


Homeshare is a way of helping people to help each other by exchanging their resources. A householder shares their home with a homesharer in exhchange for affordable accommodation and some support and companionship.

Get in touch for more information -

Call - 01592 860 296

E-mail - [email protected]

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A newly converted Community flat in Broomhead Drive has opened its doors to local residents, as improvements at the three blocks are almost complete. Improvements works have seen two ground floor flats converted into one large facility, hosting a variety of community rooms.

Launching next month, those aged over 50 are being invited to take up walking football as part of a major new health initiative. Taking place at venues across the region, Active Fife and NHS Fife are hoping that the fledgling sport will encourage more people to get fit without the fear of exhausting themselves.
Fife Voluntary Action | 08456 006 046 |
[email protected]
Craig Mitchell House
Flemington Road
Glenrothes, KY7 5QF