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  • Urgent request for social care support - request from Nicky Connor

    Created: 21/01/2022
    News/Events Category: FVA News

    This is a crucial time for our social care sector; recruiting and retaining staff has never proved more challenging and current staff are working way beyond their own capacity to ensure the delivery of these critical services to our most vulnerable citizens.

    There is a concern within the Fife Partnership that any delay to the delivery of our social care services will put vulnerable people at risk of harm. This has resulted in an urgent request for social care support from Nicky Connor (Director of Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Chief Officer of the Fife Integration Joint Board). Her letter with full details of this request to you is below.

    We hope that you and your organisation will be able to do what you can to help at this difficult time for our social care colleagues. Please read the message below carefully and if you can offer assistance, please let Fife Health and Social Care Partnership know by e-mailing expressions of interest to [email protected] or [email protected]

    We also ask that you share this request with other third sector colleagues in Fife that you think might be able to help.

    If you would like to discuss any of this further, please contact Eloise - [email protected] or by calling 0800 389 6046.

    Letter from Nicky Connor - please read and share:

    You will likely have seen from recent newspaper articles and media reporting that the provision of social care is being challenged like never before. Across the communities of Fife, we have worked hard to maintain the service but now need to do something that we have never had to do before – we need to ask for additional help to enable us to deliver a service to those that are most in need.
    If we were not at a critical crossroads I would not be asking for your help, but the time has come to reach out and request assistance from partners.
    Having carefully reviewed the challenges, we are seeking up to 35 people to support Social Care for a time-limited period (4 weeks in the first instance). 
    The roles are within care at home or care homes:

    30 - delivering social care within people's own homes/residential care homes and Adult Resource.
    5 - supporting care for people with Learning Disabilities within a group home environment. 

    These are rewarding roles working closely with the people of Fife who receive social care services in a home or homely environment. The key tasks that we are seeking support with include the delivery of personal care (washing, dressing, nutrition etc) to people within care at home and care homes or to support observations and manual handling within group homes.
    We will ensure that anyone who comes forward to help will have the requisite support and relevant training and will be part of a team working in care homes or group homes and/or will undertake visits to provide care at home. 
    Colleagues in Fife Council are advising on mandatory training, which will include moving and handling, and PVG assurance, which we will be able to support, and I will provide further information on this in the coming days. 

    The need is across Fife and we will be happy to explore this further with anybody that expresses interest. 

    If this is something that you think you, or anybody in your team, can support, we would be delighted to hear from you and ask that expressions of interest are e-mailed to [email protected] or [email protected]

    If you have any queries or if we can help support informal enquiries, please contact Jane or Fiona at the above e-mail addresses also.
    Once again, my thanks for your sympathetic consideration of this request.

    Nicky Connor (Director of Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Chief Officer of the Fife Integration Joint Board).

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