£475m investment package for health and social care approved
Published: Friday 24 Mar 2017 by Fife Council
Michael Kellet, Director, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership
Members of Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s Integration Joint Board (IJB) have approved a Revenue Budget of £475m for 2017/18 and a package of measures to support the transformation of services across Fife.
The aim is to help reduce stays in hospitalwhen people are ready to be discharged, support more people to live as independently as possible in the community and help to keep people active and healthy in their communities for longer.
Like the rest of social care and health services across Scotland, Fife is facing significant financial challenges but at the meeting Members noted examples of significant action being taken across the health and social care profession to help bring efficiencies in high cost areas of care and the use of Scottish Government funding.
Michael Kellet, Director of Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership said:
“The decision to approve the budget will help us develop further models of care in the community and ensure that individuals receive the right support at the right time in the right place.Change on this scale and complexity is hard and cannot be achieved overnight or by one agency alone. There is no doubt that we’ll have to keep a sharp eye on performance through the year to make sure things stay on track to make the savings as planned.
“Key to success is greater partnership working. Colleagues, partners and all the staff on the frontline are the ones who hold the skills, professionalism and energy to make transformation happen.
Indeed, it is thanks to their continued involvement and commitment to service re-design that we are already beginning to see services transform and improve. But we still have so much more to do and as we do it, it is imperative that we hold the needs of the citizen at the centre. From the earliest days of integration, till now, our commitment to involve and engage with the public has been unwavering. In fact, we recently launched the first of our ‘Creating Healthy Communities’ events across Fife. Getting out into local areas is our opportunity to listen to the voice of partners, patients, service users and families. It is they, along with our staff, who will help inform and shape services now and in the future.”