John Blakey, Health and Wellbeing Adviser at Fife College, is pictured. 

An exciting partnership between Fife College and Fife Health & Social Care Partnership (FH&SCP) has resulted in the appointment of a Health and Wellbeing Advisor at Fife College.

The appointment aims to develop and deliver a wide range of Health and Wellbeing initiatives to meet the needs of the students while also contributing to the Fife College Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

This post underlines Fife College’s commitment for additional on-site support while also allowing FH&SCP to ensure that students have easily accessible information, advice and support.  This will give students the opportunity to make informed choices about how to maintain and improve their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Mental health support was a key element of the Fife College Student Association’s request to help create the post.  High on the list of priorities is improving accessibility of support and information to enable individuals to gain control over and enhance their mental health and wellbeing.

John Blakey is now in post and will encourage an early intervention approach to wellbeing, identifying and delivering support to students early enough, enabling them to embrace the learning opportunity and enhance their student experience. 

In addition, he will develop initiatives and provide training to ensure that staff and partners of the college can also identify individuals who may be at risk and encourage them towards the support they need.

John said: “I am really excited to take up this role and led on initiatives which will make a real difference to the lives of students and staff within Fife College.”  

Kay Samson, Health Promotion Deputy Manager at Fife Health & Social Care Partnership, added: “Taking an early intervention approach will allow students to recognise issues that could affect their wellbeing and take action to reduce the impact on their learning experience.

“Hopefully this will lead to greater academic achievement as well as equip them with the decision making skills that will guide them toward positive health choices once they leave education.”