Partnership News 21st April 2017

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Thursday 20th April 2017

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Top Stories

New surgical service launched at West Cumberland Hospital

A new surgical service launched at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven on 18th April meaning patients will no longer have to travel out of the county for oesophageal investigations.

Oesophageal disorders are amongst the most common medical conditions, with symptoms of acid reflux affecting up to a third of the UK population. Two established clinical investigations for this condition are manometry and pH monitoring which can also be used for respiratory conditions such as asthma.

The Oesophageal Physiology service was previously offered at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust a number of years ago but the breakdown of equipment meant patients had to travel to hospitals in the North East of the country for these tests to be performed. The tests can often involve two trips to the laboratory on two successive days so the Trust has made every effort to return the service locally.  

The service will now be provided at both West Cumberland Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, with West Cumberland Hospital being the ‘hub’ for the service, provided in the state-of-the-art surroundings of the new hospital.

Read more about the new surgical service here.  


Ellerbeck ward reopens

The inpatient ward in Workington hospital has now reopened to admissions.

Joanna Forster Adams thanked staff for their continued professionalism through what has been a very disruptive time:

“We are now confident that all issues relating to fire safety have been addressed and we have reopened the ward to admissions. We would like to thank the public for their patience while we worked to fix the issues and also to our staff who showed continued professionalism and team work throughout this process and have formed valuable new relationships as part of this process.

“We would also like to extend our thanks to the partners who worked with us to rectify the issues, particularly Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. “

Ellerbeck ward was closed in December 2016 after a specialist report showed that the Trust was in breach of fire safety regulations.

The full update is on our public website.

Clare Parker appointed as Executive Director of Quality & Nursing

I’m delighted to confirm that Clare Parker has been appointed to the Executive Director of Quality & Nursing post on a permanent basis.   Clare has been acting into this role in an interim capacity over the last eight months and was appointed substantively last week.   In addition, as an interim arrangement, Clare will also provide executive leadership for the operations directorate when Joanna Forster Adams takes up her new post.

Clare will be considering over the next few weeks additional arrangements she will require in order to ensure the she can discharge the full responsibilities of the nursing and operations portfolio.  This is likely to include opportunities for people in these two teams to take on additional responsibilities but we will advise on arrangements when these have been finalised.

Clare has a wealth of experience working in both commissioning and provider services.  She joined Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust in February 2015, initially as Associate Director of Nursing for the Specialist Care Group until her Interim appointment to Director of Quality & Nursing in August 2016. 

I’m sure you will join me in congratulating her on her permanent appointment.

Claire Molloy
Chief Executive

Understanding how staff data is used: West North & East Cumbria

In order to deliver the changes and improvements required in West, North and East Cumbria for our patients, the partner organisations need to share and model information on their respective and relevant workforces. 

To do this, we are using a tool called WRaPT which stands for Workforce Planning and Repository Tool. The team that use this information are hosted by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. 

We want you to understand what data they hold, where it comes from, what it is used for, how they meet Data Protection requirements, and how to access your personal information. Staff should take a few minutes to read the information here and visit the Workforce Planning intranet page.

Getting Patients home for Lunch

A drive to get people who are ready to leave hospital home in time for lunch is proving beneficial for patients and the local health system. CPFT has recently renewed a drive to get patients home from hospital in time for lunch and it’s showing great results. 53% of patients who left CPFT inpatient wards in February did so before lunch, compared to a national target of 33%. The number of patients leaving before lunch has been steadily increasing and remained above the national target since July 2016.   Ward staff are working with teams in the community, partner organisations, patients and their families to get patients home as soon as it is safe to do so with the right support in place.

Find more information about Home for Lunch here.

Bay Health & Care Partners update

Bay Health & Care Partners update

Request for staff stories – the BCT careers & engagement team are looking for staff who are happy to be shadowed for a day to create a bank of ‘day in the life of’ case studies, demonstrating what it’s like to work in the NHS to support recruitment. Find out more or contact if you’d like to get involved.  

Weekly updateChildren in Morecambe Bay have spent 10% less time in hospitals beds compared to last year.

Read this section each week for new:
Training | Development | Support Opportunities

Workforce Update

Heads up!

A new electronic timesheet system called ePay is coming this summer. Our current timesheet system will be replaced in the summer as our payroll provider will no longer be using it. Further information/updates will be published in Partnership News and on our intranet pages.

Payroll deadline dates for 2017 – 2018 now available

The payroll deadline dates for the financial year 1st March 2017 – 30th April 2018 are now available on the intranet!  Please have a look and familiarise yourselves with them by clicking here.

Your Personal Information

  • Please ensure your home address is up to date, this important for many reasons, one of being to ensure the correct home to base deductions are deducted from your mileage (where applicable).  For guidance on how to check and amend this yourself via Employee Self Service (Limited Access) please see the intranet page.
  • Please ensure that you are not claiming against the Home to Base expense/mileage item unless you are claiming for the distance between your home to base only. If you use this element for normal Business Mileage, your claim will fail.

ESR Release 34

ESR received an update this weekend. You may notice slight changes to the system but these changes should not have a large impact on the functionality. All user guides on the intranet will be updated accordingly.

Click HERE to see our weekly updates page.

Some of the topics found in this week’s update are:

  • Pull your own reports – a how to for managers/supervisors with ESR access.
  • New Managers – Team Lead Training!
  • Accessing eLearning from home on your laptop/smartphone/tablet – Bank staff will find particular benefit of this.
  • #smallchangebigdifference – save paper and make the switch to electronic payslips only.

JOIN Our Amazing People

Check out all the latest job vacancies the Trust has on offer.

Share this link with your family & friends on social media & spread the word.

GREAT Teams Great Care

CLIC Training

The CLIC (Cumbria Learning Improvement Collaborative) website has a range of training opportunities for all staff – most of which are free.

GROW Your shared know how

Dates for MUST Screening and Enteral Feeding training

‘It has been estimated that malnutrition affects over 3 million people in the UK” (BAPEN 2011).

If you would like MUST training in north Cumbria, please contact Nicola Storey who will arrange bespoke sessions for teams. 

MUST Training - West Cumbria

Enteral tube feeding is also increasing with a significant rise seen in West Cumberland over the past 5-10 years.

Enteral Feeding - North Cumbria

Enteral Feeding - West Cumbria

Clinical Audit Workshops

Clinical audit workshops for summer 2017 have been scheduled as follows:

  • Friday 2nd June, 10:00 – 15:30, Sedbergh Health Centre
  • Thursday 8th June, 10:00 – 15:30, Carleton Clinic
  • Friday 16th June, 10:00 – 15:30, Workington Hospital
  • Tuesday 27th June, 10:00 – 15:30, Grange-over-Sands Health Centre

These workshops are for staff who expect to be involved in a clinical audit project in the near future, for more information please see here.

Basic Risk Assessment Training

Please note this is not for Clinical risk assessments and does not cover how to put risk assessments on to the Ulysses system. Dates, times and locations can be found here. If you have any queries or questions on the course please contact the Health Safety & Security Officers - Grant Donaldson on 07774335972 or Pauline Muir on 07919411379. To book on to the courses contact the Training Team on

Coaching Conversations for Appraisal Training

“I would just like to say thank you for taking the time to make this the best appraisal I have had since working for this organisation.”

Specialist Respiratory Nurse – received by their manager who had recently attended coaching conversations for appraisal training

This is what your team could be saying this year – to book now click here.

Local Training Opportunities

The CPFT Workforce & OD Intranet Site has many ‘Free and Local Training Opportunities’, you can also see the full list of training courses delivered by the Trust.

Free Self-Harm and Suicide Alertness Training

Carlisle and Eden Mind have organised more free workshops that involve looking at self-harm & suicide through group discussion, trainer presentation, case studies and sharing experiences.

Details on how to book onto a session can be found the Carlisle & Eden Mind website.

Mindfulness courses – dates now for MAY

The course is open to all health care staff and aims to explore work-based self-care strategies.

For more information please visit the mindfulness intranet page.

Think Apprentice - funding available for all staff

Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of subjects which are suitable for all existing employees and for those how are interest in employing apprentices as a new recruit.  Both they routes will lead enable the Trust the ‘grow our own’ staff for the future.

To find out more about Apprenticeships you can visit the Apprentice webpage, or for further information and advice email

LEAD Our Amazing People

Appraisal window is open

This year’s appraisal window is now open.  Last year 74% of staff received a values based appraisal.  This year we want everybody to receive an appraisal. 

Here are the top 3 things to ensure are included in your appraisal:

  • Have a look on the appraisal web page for some examples of wellbeing objectives and be sure to include one
  • Have one development area in addition to your personal examples for each value
  • Link your objectives to the Trust priorities and those of your care group

Click here to find the resources that will help you to have a really meaningful conversation and to find dates for Coaching Conversations for Appraisal training.

Resilience Workshops

Being resilient means having the ability to bounce back from adversity, hardships and the challenges life throws at us particularly during time of change. There is now a Byte Size workshop on Wellbeing and Resilience.

For more information please visit the resilience intranet page


Festival of Learning 2017 launch event

Learning Lounge, Carleton Clinic – Friday 5th May, 10am-3pm

All CPFT staff can come along to the festival of learning launch event, just drop in throughout the day to find out about different activities. For more information please see here, or to find out more about the Festival of Learning see here.

Cumbria Headache Forum

Stoneybeck Inn, Penrith, 27th April, 2-6pm

Cumbria Headache Forum is a free event for anyone who wants to learn more about headaches & migraines. The event will be chaired by Dr. Jitka Vanderpol, Consultant in Neurology for CPFT. This event is open to all and booking is not required.

Big Nursing Conversation Workshops

Carlisle in May, Wigton in June & Kendal in July

As you will already be aware a series of Big Nursing Conversation Workshops is scheduled to take place from now until July, follow link for details. The main focus of discussion will be to seek your opinion and consider what the core clinical skills framework for nurses should look like, so come along and have your say.

Evaluation workshop of Morecambe Bay Vanguard

University of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus, 23rd May 2017

The second workshop as part of the local evaluation of Morecambe Bay’s Primary and Acute Care system vanguard (Better Care Together) is being held on Tuesday 23rd May 2017.

The workshop, titled “‘Whose Knowledge? What Evidence? Which Data?” will take place in the Alexandra Building, University of Cumbria Lancaster Campus, Bowerham Road, Lancaster, LA1 3JD.

The event is open to both clinical and non-clinical staff including consultants, GPs, case managers, community nurses, care navigators, support staff, local councillors and third sector representatives. We encourage a broad cross-section of staff from across Bay Health and Care Partners to participate.

These workshops form a key part of the evaluation of the Vanguard by providing a space for dialogue between the evaluation team and the work being done ‘on the ground’ that is shaping the Better Care Together (BCT) programme.

We will be sharing further information in the weeks leading up to the workshop.

Dementia Friends Champions Induction

Hindpool Community Centre, Barrow-in-Furness, 1st June 2017, 10am – 4pm

Find out how to become a Dementia Friends Champion by attending this whole day volunteer induction session. The day will involve a Dementia Friends Information Session delivered by a Regional Support Officer and then delegates will learn how to deliver the session before taking part in a practice presentation. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch. More information can be found here.


Staff Information

CPFT Policy Updates August 2016 - April 2017 & help for reviewers

The Trust’s policies and procedures are regularly reviewed to ensure that they stay up-to-date with current good practice and legislation.

Please see the list of policy documents updated between January - April 2017 which includes the key changes to the policy.  You can access all approved Trust policy documents on the StaffWeb homepage under Quick Links.

To help those involved in the review of documents, we’ve put together a short flowchart and notes to explain the main steps which can be found on the Corporate Governance StaffWeb page under Top Tasks, along with the Procedure for the Review, Consultation and Approval, Policy Updates and the Draft Checklist.

The draft Checklist is being trialled for the review of clinical policies, before being a requirement for all policies.  However, we would encourage all reviewers to use the Checklist. This helps to capture the consultation that has taken place and key changes, that will assist governance groups to approve the document changes.

If you are unsure of the process to follow in any of the policies, you should speak initially to your line manager.  For more general queries about the review process, contact

Keswick GP surgeries to merge

Castlehead Medical Centre and Bank Street Surgery in Keswick will be merging together at the end of April.

The Bank Street Surgery premises will close on the 28th April and all patients will transfer across to Castlehead Medical Centre.

Any correspondence relating to Bank Street Surgery patients should be forwarded to Castlehead Medical Centre from the 28th April.

If you have any queries please call Castlehead Medical Centre on 017687 72025.

RiO – Children and Families Usability Survey

In March 2016 eHealth Cumbria launched RiO in Children and Families servicesThe care group has been using RiO for over 12 months and we are keen to understand what you think of the system. We would appreciate RiO users sparing a couple of minutes to complete this short survey so we can continue improving the system. The survey will close at 5pm on Friday 21st April 2017 and all feedback will be treated anonymously. Thank you in anticipation for helping us improve RiO

Lease Cars available for transfer

Please see the latest cars available for lease, Whilst these cars are used they are not necessarily cheaper to lease than a new car, but it does offer the opportunity to join the Trusts car schemes for a shorter period of time (i.e. to the end of the existing contract). For more information or to obtain a quote for the lease car scheme and salary sacrifice car scheme please email Tony Bellingham and provide all the personal information requested at the top of the above link.

Staff Announcements

Guess the “EGG-secutive”

In case you missed it, there was an “EGG-secutive” challenge at Trust HQ to celebrate Easter. Can you guess who’s who (and their EGG-stra special colleagues) in the below photograph? The winning entry was picked by Stephen Eames, Chief Executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.  The overall winner was Jill Stannard who selected her favourite treat, a steaming mug of filter coffee and the winner of the Easter egg prize was Michael Billinghurst.

Thank you to everyone for taking part – happy Easter everyone! 

Top Row left to right  – Joanna Forster Adams, Claire Molloy, Mike Taylor, Clare Parker

Bottom row left to right – Daniel Scheffer, Lynn Marsland,  Andrew Brittlebank, Michael Smillie, John Howarth

Maglona House Easter Fundraising

The winner of the Maglona House egg decorating competition held on 31st March was “Egg Sheeran”.


Thank you to everyone at Maglona House who took part in the Easter festivities on 31st March which raised £195.30 for the charity Bliss.

Happy retirement to Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones, Clinical Director in Specialist Dentistry Services, will be retiring on 6th May after a long career in the NHS, occupying many valuable dental roles for different Cumbria Trusts over the years. His area of interest was always in dental sedation and working with patients who found it difficult to attend dental appointments due to fear. He has been a compassionate, expert practitioner of sedation for patients and always had a solution to any dilemma he was presented with. Steve has mentored and developed many dental professionals over the years and was always generous with his time and expertise.

As well as leading the dental service, Steve found time to contribute hugely to the local mountain rescue service.

Steve will be missed by the thriving and large dental team that he leaves behind. Both clinically and managerially he has greatly succeeded in Cumbria. We wish him all the best for the future.

Funds raised for Kentmere garden fund

Kentmere Easter Fair raised £208 that will go towards the garden fund. Well done and thank you to Jodie Siegel, Activity Co-ordinator on Kentmere and all who helped – from the Kentmere team.

NHS Discounts

6 NHS Discounts for your Spring wardrobe

Take a look at Health Service Discounts’ latest blog post which features six of their best fashion NHS discounts to help you save money.

Health Service Discounts have updated their A- Z list of NHS discounts for staff and members.

NHS employee discount off a new Story Home 

NHS staff can qualify for up to a £6,000 price reduction across all Story Homes developments. To find out more see here.

Discount at the Park Leisure Centre

The Leisure Centre in Barrow has introduced special rates of membership for NHS staff, for more information please see here.

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