The Clinical Strategy was developed over several months and follows extensive consultation and input from senior clinicians, patients and their carers, partner organisations and the general public. It is NHS Fife’s response to changing demographics, advances in medical science and the rising cost of care, and details a sustainable model for health and social care to cope with the changing demands of the population.

Improvements in healthcare mean people are living longer but often with chronic and complex conditions. The population of Fife is expected to rise by 32,000 over the next 20 years and chronic conditions such as dementia, heart disease and diabetes are on the rise; yet innovations in medicine and social care practices mean many more conditions can be successfully treated without the need for a hospital stay.

NHS Fife's Clinical Strategy reflects the Scottish Govenrment's National Clinical Strategy and is underpinned by a number of principles that serve to provide a clear statement of purpose for those who use our services. The development process ensured the following principles are embedded within the new strategy:

The Clinical Strategy ….

  • Takes a Person Centred Approach
  • Ensures services are Safe, Sustainable, Efficient and Adaptable over time
  • Ensures care is provided closer to home wherever possible
  • Ensures services are integrated between primary and secondary care
  • Provides affordable solutions to utilise available funding as effectively as possible.

The Clinical Strategy features a number of key recommendations, including the establishment of Community Hubs, where people can access information and care from a variety of organisations including health, social care, housing and voluntary services, more treatments taking place as close to home as possible, increased emphasis on prevention and health improvement from a young age, and greater use of new and emerging technologies.


For more information contact

Jann Gardner, Director of Planning and Strategic Partnerships/ Interim Chief Operating Officer (Acute Services) 
Contact Jann Gardner online
By Post: NHS Fife, Hayfield House Hayfield Road Kirkcaldy Fife KY2 5AH


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