Kirkcaldy & Levenmouth

Community Health Partnerships, or CHPs for short are the name of the new organisations that have been set up across Scotland to provide a wide range of community based health services delivered in homes, health centres, clinics and schools.  These include health visiting, district nursing, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, mental health, addiction and learning disability services. Staff delivering these services will work closely with other local health professionals, including GPs, dentists, pharmacists and opticians to plan and develop services across the CHP area.

A Community Heath Partnership brings together the public, voluntary organisations, local authorities and health services. Together, they co-ordinate and plan the delivery of health and social care services locally.

The aims of the CHP are:

  • to make it easier for you to access all of the health and social care services you need;  
  • to enable service providers to work together to improve community health services;
  • to address the issues that affect people’s health and wellbeing.

How will this be better for staff?

The CHP will use the combined expertise and skills of staff to improve services.  Existing resources will be transferred to the CHPs so that they can make decisions which make a difference to their local communities and make real change happen.  CHPs will ensure that staff are fully supported so they feel they can be involved in making decisions and setting priorities at all levels, and the CHP will also promote learning and new ways of working for staff.

How will this be better for patients?

The CHP will deliver a range of patient and carer benefits, including improved access to assessment, diagnosis and treatment and care.  They will put the needs of patients in the local communities first and decide which services meet the requirements of the people in their area.  The aim is that every member of the community will feel that they can get involved and influence the way healthcare services are delivered right in the heart of their own communities.

What makes up Kirkcaldy & Levenmouth CHP?

The service responsibilities of Kirkcaldy & Levenmouth CHP (KLCHP) managed for local population:

  • Independent Contractors Services (eg, GPs, Dentists, Pharmacists, Optometrists
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Community Nursing
  • Community Managed Physiotherapy
  • Community Managed Podiatry
  • Integrated Response Teams (health component)
  • Enhanced Healthcare Team
  • Community Hospital Services
  • Community Access to Outpatient & Diagnostic Services
  • Support to Community Based Services provided by the voluntary sector

Service responsibilities of KLCHP managed for the whole of NHS Fife:

  • Contraceptive & Sexual Health Services
  • Dietetics & Nutrition
  • Older Peoples Services, including those in:

-        Randolph Wemyss Hospital

-        Carlyle ward, Whytemans Brae Hospital

-        Cameron Hospital

  • Fife Rehabilitation Service
  • Rheumatology Service
  • Mental Health Service including Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Services


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