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Updates from Fife Health & Wellbeing Alliance
Updates are sent out monthly. Read current and past issues, and subscribe to our mailing list, here.

Free Poverty Awareness Training in Fife
Supporting Hard Up Households is a new range of courses and e-learning opportunities for those working with individuals and families in Fife who are struggling to make ends meet. Find out more here.


Health Promotion Training Programme for 2016/17 launched
The Health Promotion Training Programme for 2016/17 featuring a wide range of free training courses aimed at helping all those working in Fife to contribute towards building a fairer, healthier Fife is now available.

Health Events Calendar for 2016-2017
Health Promotion Fife have published a calendar of health awareness events for the coming year. It can be downloaded here or printed copies are available from the Health Promotion Information & Resources Centre, Haig House, Cameron Hospital, Windygates.

Fife leads the way in tackling the disability employment gap
A major event aimed at helping to lift the barriers that prevent disabled people from getting into the workplace was held in Fife on Thursday 30th June. The “Employ with Confidence” was organised by Opportunities Fife in partnership with Shaw Trust Scotland. The event also saw the launch of the Government’s Disability Confident campaign in Scotland – encouraging employers to recruit and retain disable people who are eager to work and have the skills, talents and abilities that employers are looking for. For more details see the event report.

NHS Fife achieves gold award
NHS Fife has enhanced its reputation for promoting staff wellbeing by achieving the Gold Healthy Working Lives Award.

Celebrating Good Work event
Employers in Fife came together during Fife Business Week to reaffirm the message that the workplace is a key area for improvement of health, safety and wellbeing. For more details of the event see the Workplace Health page.


News from beyond Fife

Profiles indicator updates
SctoPHO, 25 February, 4 March & 28 March 2017
ScotPHO have published updates for the following topics in their Online Profiles Tool:
Health & Wellbeing Profile, Population income deprived.

  • Deprivation Profile, Population income deprived (incl. SII & RII).
  • Health & Wellbeing Profile, Crime rate
  • Health & Wellbeing Profile, People living in 15% most 'access deprived' areas
  • Deprivation Profile, Child obesity in primary 1 by SIMD quintile (incl. SII & RII)
  • Deprivation Profile, Crime rate by SIMD quintile (incl. SII & RII)


Dying from Inequality: Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Suicidal Behaviour
Samaritans, 6 March 2017
According to this report by the Samaritans, the suicide rate is three times higher among Scots living in areas of high deprivation. Risk factors for communities and individuals include the closure and downsizing of businesses, people in manual, low-skilled employment, people facing unmanageable debt and those with poor housing conditions.
Press release:
BBC News:

Measuring wellbeing inequality in Britain
What Works Centre for Wellbeing, 6 March 2017
This paper uses the Office of National Statistics Annual Population Survey to analyse wellbeing inequality in the United Kingdom. Researchers have calculated wellbeing inequality measures for 143 local authorities between 2011 and 2015.
BBC News:

Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland: 2015/16
Scottish Government, 16 March 2017
This publication presents annual estimates of the percentage and number of people, children, working age adults and pensioners living in low income households in Scotland. The data published are for the financial year April 2015 to March 2016.

Long-term Monitoring of Health Inequalities
Scottish Government, 28 March 2017
This report presents a range of indicators selected in order to monitor health inequalities over time. With the exception of the healthy birthweight indicator, significant health inequalities persist for each indicator covered in the report.

Persistent Poverty in Scotland: 2010-2015
Scottish Government, 16 March 2017
Persistent poverty identifies the number of individuals living in relative poverty for 3 or more of the last 4 years. This publication presents estimates of the proportion of people, children, working age adults and pensioners living in persistent poverty in Scotland in 2010-2014 and in 2011-2015.

Upcoming events

Participatory Budgeting, Health and Wellbeing - 23rd March, Fife Renewables and Innovation Centre, Methil

Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance is launching a new Health Inequalities Seminar Series with an introduction to Participatory Budgeting (PB). Susan Ritchie of PB Partners will share some of her rich experience of involving communities in decisions about how public money is spent, and the potential impact on engagement with communities, health and wellbeing. The seminar will run from 9.30-10.30am (coffee and networking from 9.00am). Register at

Following the seminar, Susan will facilitate a masterclass for workers and community members in Fife who have been actively involved in PB, or are working towards developing new PB initiatives. This will provide a space for people to share their experiences so far and explore the opportunities and barriers to developing meaningful PB processes. The masterclass will run from 11.00am-3.00pm. If you are interested in attending the masterclass, please email Gill Musk:


Health Inequalities e-learning modules
Health Scotland have produced two e-learning modules which can be access at
To access the modules for free, click on the course title and create an account on our Virtual Learning Environment, or simply log in if you have already registered.
Please contact NHS Health Scotland’s Learning and Improvement Team with any queries

  • Health Inequalities Awareness - This module is for staff working in public services out with health and social care. It explores what is meant by health inequalities, what causes them and what can be done to prevent them.
  • Tackling Health Inequalities in Health and Social Care Sector - This module is for staff working in health and social care settings. It examines the actions that can be taken to reduce health inequalities. It highlights and explores the findings from the Working for Health Equity: the role of health professionals report and information produced by NHS Health Scotland.

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