Partnership News 12th April 2018

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Thursday 12th April 2018

Welcome to Partnership News, the weekly newsletter produced by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. If you have any news that you would like to share with staff via Partnership News, contact the Communications Department by 5pm on Thursday to be included in the following week’s Partnership News.

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Top Stories

Future of mental health services to be addressed

The future of mental health services including child and adolescent mental health and learning disability services across Cumbria will be addressed over the coming year as commissioners of current services have confirmed that they need to be delivered into the integrated health and care systems covering north and south Cumbria from April 2019.

Morecambe Bay NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group have worked with our senior clinicians and executive leaders to agree a set of principles designed to improve the quality of services offered to patients locally.

As a critical component of health and wellbeing of our local communities, it is vital that mental health services can be delivered in a joined up way with other local services to meet the needs of the local population. We now need to start a process with our staff, partners and communities to work out how we can do this in a way that provides a better deal for patients in Cumbria, and it is likely this will be through formal arrangements with our colleagues in Lancashire Care and Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

Read further details on our website.

Chief Executive staff engagement sessions – new dates announced

The next round of Chief Executive staff engagement events will focus on our joint business objectives for the coming year across both Trusts. It is a great opportunity for staff to get an update on the work we are doing to transform services and work more closely together and also to ask Stephen Eames, chief executive, and members of the joint executive team any questions.

It is difficult to get times and venues that suit everyone, but the senior team would like to see as many of you there as possible. We have used feedback from previous events to shape our joint objectives, particularly with regards to supporting staff, and it’s important to hear your feedback because these objectives will be used to set your personal objectives.

If you really can’t attend – how about sending one person from each team who can report back?

  • Tuesday 8 May | 2:30 – 4:00 | Methodist Church, Penrith
  • Wednesday 9 May | 3.00 – 4:30 | Lecture Theatre, Cumberland Infirmary
  • Wednesday 16 May | 10:00 – 11:30 | Boardroom, West Cumberland Hospital
  • Tuesday 22 May | 10:00 – 11:30 | Lecture Theatre, Furness General Hospital
  • Tuesday 22 May | 1:30 – 3:00 | Kendal Town Hall

Please confirm your place by emailing or pop in on the day if you have not already booked.  

Useful updates 

We’re upgrading to Windows 10 

We’re upgrading all IT users to Windows 10 to maintain our network security, as our current version of Windows will soon be unsupported. Due to the number of machines we need to upgrade, we’ll be phasing the work over a six month period, starting in April. To help this go smoothly, we will be organising a roll-out plan, asking all users to book a date and time slot for their upgrade.

We’ll email you directly with more details around a month before you’re due to upgrade, asking you to book your slot and giving you important information on some work you’ll need to complete. In the meantime, you can read more on the intranet.

If you have any questions, you can contact the project team

Health Records Keeping Standards Training – RiO & EMiS

Since April 2017 the Health Records Department have been conducting health record keeping standards and scanning audits on RiO & EMiS. The audits have highlighted some good practice and also areas which require some improvement.  The Health Records Department have put together a new training session which targets the areas for improvement identified through the audit process. 

View training dates

Recently completed Clinical Audits

You can now view the March 2018 clinical audit projects for CPFT. Click on the project code hyperlink in the table to be taken to the project details for that specific clinical audit. You can then scroll down the page and click on ‘View or Amend Audit Report’ to see the full detail. Completed audit reports and action plans are considered and ratified by an appropriate committee.

Increase in pension contribution rates

As part of the Government’s automatic enrolment scheme, minimum pension contributions are required to increase over time. Employees currently enrolled into the NEST scheme will be affected by this change. New contributions rates will apply to contributions that fall in the payment period within which 6th April 2018 falls. The contribution rate changes are as follows:

 Start date of first  earnings period  to which new  rate applies

 Previous worker  contribution rate

 New worker  contribution rate

 Previous  employer  contribution rate

 New employer  contribution rate

 01 April 18

 1.0 percent

 3.0 percent

 1.0 percent

 2.0 percent

For further information please visit the Pensions Regulator website or for any pay related queries contact our payroll provider SBS on 0330 123 5736. 

CPFT logo change reminder

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's logo was changed following NHS branding guidelines last year. The new logo (left) has the NHS letters above the name of the Trust rather than alongside. This logo should replace the old logo on all new documentation and signage. In order to implement this change the Applications Department are reviewing all documentation available on clinical systems and updating the logo. This is also being used as an opportunity to review the formatting of each document to check that all letters generated are in the font 'Arial' and font size 12. The letter must also contain three patient identifiers.

If there are any queries or functionality issues with your documentation experienced after the changes please log a ticket with the eHealth service desk. or phone: 01228 60 8888.

The communications team have templates for a range of Word and Power Point documentation on the Communications Intranet page. If you require the new logo please contact the Communications helpdesk. (Do not use the picture included in this article).


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

JOIN Our Amazing People

12 month secondment opportunity within the Clinical Effectiveness and Audit Team

An exciting opportunity has opened for a member of staff from either Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust or North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS  Trust to join the CPFT Clinical Effectiveness and Audit Team as a Clinical Effectiveness and Audit Facilitator. This role will engage with a wide range of clinicians, managers and services to support NICE guidance assessments and clinical audit projects with the aim of improving the quality of care and services provided.

If you are interested and would like to discuss further, please contact: Robert Donlevy, Clinical Effectiveness and Audit Manager on 07901 225601.

This post closes on Wednesday 18th April. Apply here 

If you have any issues locating the advert then please search job reference: 262-A-18-40570

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

LEAD Our Amazing People

Good leadership, at all levels of the organisation, creates the right culture and environment for staff to deliver great care. We want to embed  positive leadership at every level, regardless of role.

Please look at the leadership pages of staff web to see development opportunities and more.

GREAT Teams Great Care

Last chance to have your say!

Our Great Teams Great Care survey is an opportunity for you to share how you really feel about working in the Trust. The questions relate to how engaged and supported you feel – as part of your team and by the organisation. So in other words, everyone be part of the changes we make.

​Check your inbox now to see if you have been selected this quarter to tell us how you feel about working for the Trust. The address to look for is

To find out more contact the organisational development team -

GROW Your shared know how

Introductory Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Skills Training

This session  is an introduction to the use of CBT skills within physical healthcare practice.

Have you ever found yourself with a patient who seems stuck, distressed, or struggling to cope and been unsure how best to help?

If so, come and join us for an introduction to:

  • CBT first-aid skills to integrate into your practice
  • A  framework for communicating and understanding problems
  • Confidence in handling difficult conversations and strong emotions

The CBT Taster Day is evidence based / NICE compliant; unique to Cumbria; and delivered by local psychological experts working in physical health settings. This course costs £10.

For more information or to book on contact:

Elspeth Desert | Clare Jefferson | Janette Wilton 

News and Events

New clinical skills training creates opportunities for staff  

A new programme of clinical skills training has now been confirmed and is available for staff in both CPFT & NCUH, across Cumbria and advertised via CLIC. It will help staff to improve their skills, knowledge and confidence, initially focussing on skills that will help prevent hospital admissions and get people home from hospital quicker.

Toni Hall, CPFT Education and Learning Manager, said:

“The way we deliver health and care services in Cumbria is changing and this creates some really exciting opportunities for staff to improve their skills, work differently and develop new skills. As we aim to provide more care out of hospital and avoid long stays, much of the training focuses on supporting staff to do just that. The training is free and will enable us to continue to improve patient care.”

This new training programme follows successful recruitment to the integrated Clinical Skills Team and builds on the award winning CLIC Clinical Skills Programme.

New training courses include:

View the clinical skills training programme  to book.

NHS70 – celebrations and stories

A number of events and activities are being organised locally and nationally to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS this year. More details will be made available in Partnership News as events are confirmed, so keep a look out for updates.

Carlisle City Centre Event

On Saturday 7th July, Unison are holding an event in Carlisle City Centre. Stands and activities will be hosted by NHS services, our partners and local charities. We are looking for NHS teams to host stands on the day, and will be working with the care groups to ensure a good representation from across our services. We want the day to be fun, interesting and interactive, so are looking for teams with ideas for activities that will engage the public. There are a limited number of stands, so please think about what you and your team could offer to the event. If you would like to be involved on the day, please contact

Tell us your NHS70 stories!

We are still looking for interesting stories about our NHS staff to be featured in local newspapers – we are aiming for 70 NHS stories over 70 days! For example, have you worked in the NHS for a long time and can talk about how things have changed over the years? Were you there at a key moment in the history of the local NHS, such as the opening of a hospital or new service? Has the NHS gone above and beyond to help you or a family member during a period of ill health? Any old photos also welcome! If you have a story to tell, please email

Windrush 70 Awards
NHS England is calling on patients, staff, medical teams and the public to nominate NHS workers who deserve special recognition for a Windrush 70 Award. The awards are being hosted to celebrate the 1948 arrival of German cruise liner ‘Empire Windrush’ at Tilbury docks which carried 492 passengers from the West Indies on 22 June – many of whom were among the first to go and work in the newly formed NHS. To date, the NHS remains the largest employer for black and minority ethnic (BME) staff, who make up a fifth of the workforce. Windrush 70 will celebrate the contributions and diversity of BME people to the NHS. Nominations are open to current or former NHS employees, who have made an exceptional contribution to the health service through roles including research and development, in nursing, as a medic or as a BME leader. To register votes and for further details visit The closing date for submitting nominations is Friday 27 April.

New Trust Talk out now!

The spring edition of Trust Talk is out now, celebrating the hard work of health services across Cumbria. Thanks to everyone who has featured in this edition and helped us to showcase #ouramazingpeople.

It covers stories from staff and patients, updates on all of our big change programmes and recruitment efforts and health advice including how to recognise a stroke and dealing with stress.

Please help us to share Trust Talk, either on social media, by emailing it to your friends and colleagues or displaying printed copies within your service.

We’d love to know what you think of Trust Talk – please email with any feedback to help us keep improving. 

Developing a Clinical Strategy for those delivering care across North Cumbria Health and Care System

Drop-in engagement events are being planned so our staff and community can contribute to developing a Clinical Strategy for those delivering care across North Cumbria Health and Care System. The two year strategy for north Cumbria aims to articulate the unique contribution of staff who deliver care across all providers, to ensure that the delivery of health and social care here is a shared responsibility. This strategy is intended to provide a framework for practice that can be used by staff across the health economy, at all nursing, midwifery and medical levels.

Your input is integral to the development of this strategy and we hope that you are able to attend one of the drop-in sessions listed below to have your say.

  • Monday 16th April 10.30am to 1.30pm at WCH
  • Monday 16th April 1.30pm to 4.30pm at CIC
  • Tuesday 17th April 10am to 12.30pm at Penrith Hospital
  • Tuesday 17th April 10.30am to 12.30pm at Moreland Hospital
  • Monday 23rd April 11.30am to 1.30pm at Carleton Clinic
  • Tuesday 24th April 10.30am to 1.30pm at WCH
  • Tuesday 24th April 1.30pm to 4.30pm at CIC and Kentmere Wards
  • Monday 30th April 11.30am to 1.30pm at Carleton Clinic
  • Wednesday 2nd May 10.30am to 1pm at the Joint CPFT/NCUH Forum at Penrith Cricket Club
  • Tuesday 8th May there will be an all day drop in session at Rosehill
  • Tuesday 8th May 11.30 to 1.00pm at Workington Community Hospital

This is open to all and will look at primary, secondary care and mental health as well as nursing in a social care setting.

If you have any questions please e-mail the NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s Nursing and Quality Team at:

High Fidelity Teaching Models for Sexual Health Services

Cumbrian Sexual Health services are delighted to receive two new sets of high fidelity teaching models, supplied with the support of the Trusts Medical Education department. The service has a steady throughput of undergraduate and postgraduate students who may or may not be familiar with practical procedures in sexual health. The models will allow learners to practice their skills thoroughly with the realistic models before working with patients. They will be used across the county allowing excellent learner access.

Matt Phillips Clinical Director in Sexual Health services said

“Staff will learn the specialist skills required in sexual health clinics and be confident when treating patients”.




Tributes to Dr Enwere who recently passed away.

We are sorry to announce the death of Dr Sampson Enwere; he died unexpectedly recently.

His colleague Dr Andrew Morgan gave this tribute:

“Dr Enwere worked for the Trust for the last four to five years as a long term locum doctor in psychiatry. During this time he worked with a variety of departments including Kentmere ward and Kendal CMHRT, Yewdale ward , Copeland and Allerdale CMHRT’s and the ALIS teams in those areas. Sampson was well liked by his colleagues and highly valued as a conscientious, skilled and hardworking doctor. I was fortunate to work closely with him for much of his time with the Trust and will remember him for his warmth and amiability; he was always willing to help out with additional work and was popular with his patients. He will be much missed by many.

“Various collections are taking place across the Trust and Maggs Quinn, Kentmere ward manager has agreed to act as a central point for these.

“We understand that his family will be taking him home to Nigeria for the funeral.”

Happy retirement to Joyce Wharton

Joyce Wharton, who is the manager of the community  nursing team in Aspatria, Dalston and Caldbeck will be retiring at the end of April.

Her team would like to say:

“Good bye to a committed nurse and manager. This lady has gone above and beyond the call of duty for her patients in the Aspatria, Caldbeck and Dalston areas. There is no snow too deep, no house too difficult to find, or patient who cannot be nursed by this wonderful lady. Good luck in your retirement. You will be missed by all the Wigton and Solway Community nursing Team.”

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.


5 Hottest NHS & Healthcare Discounts This April

Spring is a great time to spend some quality time with your family, and as the weather turns milder it's great to get out and have some fun.


We’ve got tonnes of exciting, new NHS discounts this April. For our members, that are perfect to save you some money.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget it’s free to become a member of Health Service Discounts and use their offers. Sign up today!

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You can contact us by:
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Write to: Communications & Engagement Department,
Voreda, Portland Place, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7QQ