Like many other parts of the country, delayed discharge remains an issue in Fife and means patients are often required to remain in hospital for a period of time after they are medically fit for discharge. This is not in the best interest of the patients involved and adds to the significant pressures on hospital beds during periods of peak demand, and detrimentally affects patient flow through the health and social care system.
The Home First Strategy is being developed in Fife with the aim of transforming the discharge process. This Strategy is being led by the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership with the support of NHS Fife, Fife Council and local partner agencies.
Our vision is that: "Everyone in Fife is able to live longer, healthier lives at home, or in a homely setting." A key objective is to have a single point of access in the community.
The Strategy aims to guide change projects that:
- Improve integration between NHS Fife, Fife Council and the Health and Social Care Partnership Services, to ensure the flow of patients from a hospital environment to a homely setting is safe, faster, with the person at the centre of all decisions
- Help prevent hospital admissions by anticipating need and supporting self management
- Ensures data will lead the planning and commission of services
As the new Home First Strategy is being developed, the views and experiences of those involved in the discharge process are essential to helping us get things right.
We want to hear the views of local stakeholders on how we should look to redesign the system that is fit to meet the needs of local people both now and in the future, while ensuring that patients remain at the centre of everything we do.
A number of stakeholder events are scheduled. Please select the group that most suits your role then click the link to book your space and remember to SAVE THE DATE!
In person events
Third Sector Health and Social Care Interface:
Fife Carers Centre Public Representatives:
FHSCP/NHS/Fife Council Housing:
FHSCP Extended Leadership Team:
Fife Carer Provider Network:
General Practice Cluster and CQL Group:
Independent Care at Home Collaborative Members:
We look forward to meeting you to hear your views.