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NHS Fife is asking the Kingdom’s residents to join the conversation and take part in a survey to gauge individuals’ attitudes to health and wellbeing.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the most significant health challenge in the history of the NHS and the time is right for us to think differently, to make change, for the better. As we develop our plans for the future, it is important to us that we capture the thoughts, views, and attitudes of local people. We want to start a conversation with individuals, community groups, partners, and stakeholders across the Kingdom, on how we can support their future health and wellbeing, learning lessons from the pandemic and recognising that Covid-19 has impacted certain groups more severely than others.

Our new ‘Community Conversation Survey’ will launch at 10am on Monday 6th December 2021 and will enable Fife residents to give us their feedback on local health services, both now and into the future. We want to hear more about what matters and is important to local people. The survey will be available at: www.nhsfife.org/conversation.

The confidential survey is open to anyone aged 16 or over who currently lives in Fife and takes around 10-12 minutes to complete, with responses completely anonymised. The results of the survey will be used to create a foundation to inform further targeted conversations next year to support the ongoing development of our NHS Fife Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the actions we need to take in response to the feedback we receive.

Paper copies or translated versions of the survey will also be available from Monday 6th December by emailing: [email protected] or phoning: Phone: 01592 729130.

Paper copies with replied paid envelopes will also be available to collect from our main hospital receptions and vaccination venues.

The online survey will be open for 14 days and will close at midnight Sunday 19th December 2021, with the deadline of returning paper copies extended to Wednesday 22nd December 2021.

A separate survey for the Kingdom’s healthcare workers will run in parallel to the public survey to capture the thoughts of NHS Fife’s 8,500 staff.

NHS Fife Chief Executive, Carol Potter, is encouraging local people to fill out the survey. She said:

“Our Health and Wellbeing Strategy is under development and will set out the future shape of health services in Fife.

We serve a population of more than 370,000 people and we want as many people as possible to take part in this initial survey-based conversation to help us establish current thoughts and attitudes towards our own health and wellbeing, now and into the future.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of us in many ways and the impact has been overwhelming across all communities, but we know that it has impacted more significantly for some. As we look to the future and consider the lessons learned and opportunities created, it is vital as a health board that we take time now to reflect and understand how individuals’ attitudes and priorities in relation to their own health and wellbeing have changed. Importantly, we place significant importance on how we best refocus our efforts to address the fundamental principles upon which the welfare state and NHS were established almost 80 years ago. Our ambition is to provide excellence in the delivery of healthcare and health services in the right place at the right time, for those who need it. But we are also looking to stretch beyond the place of fixing people when they are ill, toward a vision where we are an active participant in supporting our communities to address poverty, inequalities, and harm, and to improve their physical and mental wellbeing

So, we’re asking the citizens of Fife to take this opportunity to join the conversation, share their thoughts with us and provide a meaningful picture of Fifers health and wellbeing aspirations now and into the future.”

Find out more at: www.nhsfife.org/conversation or use #communityconversation to join the conversation using social media.