Partnership News 19th April 2018

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Wednesday 18th April 2018

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Top Stories


Meet the CEO – and make a difference

Last week we announced the next round of CEO staff engagement events, and how they will focus on our joint business objectives for the coming year across North Cumbria and Cumbria Partnership.  These events will also be an opportunity for you to tell us how we can reward and recgonise staff for the hard work that you do.

We want to stipulate that anyone can come to these events, no matter what your role – these are open to medical, non-medical, nursing, bank and all other staff. It’s your opportunity to make a difference in your place of work and let Stephen know about your team, role and what’s important to you.

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

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

If you would like to attend any of the events listed above, please confirm your place by emailing  You can also pop in on the day if you have not already booked. 

Useful updates

 Carleton Clinic switchboard update

Carleton Clinic switchboard have updated their voicemail system, for 15 minutes the main switchboard number will be on voicemail divert, this is so the staff can have a meal break. Please note that there will be the option for your call to be processed if this is urgent.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact or call 01228 602000. 

Part of Car Park closed at Millom during Steel Erection.

Work commenced on the 16th April 2018 at Millom hospital. The crane is positioned where the ambulance parking bays are, due to Health and Safety reasons. 8 car park spaces will be closed for 10 days whilst lifting steelwork to the extension.

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

JOIN Our Amazing People

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

GROW Your shared know how

New Mindfulness Courses Beginning in May

 Mindfulness based interventions have a substantial research-based evidence and research shows that mindfulness confers significant benefits on health, well-being and quality of life in general. Since September, 2015, The Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) has been offered to a variety of staff within a work-based setting, to explore its effectiveness as a self-care strategy. We currently offer 9 courses across Cumbria throughout the year and the next round of courses are set to begin in May in Sedbergh, Ulverston and Carlisle, you can find out the dates and locations here. 

Both Carlisle courses are now full, Ulverston has two spaces left and Sedbergh has 6 spaces left.

Places are limited to 15 participants per course and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To book your place or discuss further call Ian on 07743967222 or email or sign up at an introductory session if places are still available.

Research Conference

The research team are holding an event showcasing the medical research happening in Cumbria. This free event offers a day of talks, various workshops and information on how you can get involved. Clinicians from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will be speaking on the latest research developments in areas such as neurology, sexual health and primary care. The event will take place on Friday 11th May 2018, 9.30am to 4.00pm at Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 and is open to all. If you would like to attend please contact the team at or 01228 603126 indicating whether you will be joining us for the buffet lunch (including dietary requirements)

News and Events

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust to join up board meetings.

As you’ll be aware we are now working much more closely with our colleagues at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUHT) through our integration of support services and also by sharing our joint executive team.

Following on from work carried out last year we have been working on ways to develop and establish more joint common working processes and frameworks between ourselves and NCUHT and as of April 2018 both Trust’s will share one singular joint public board meeting. This means we will have a better understanding of what each Trust is doing and be able have a more streamlined approach as we work to deliver the best services across Cumbria. It will also help us improve our decision making across the health and care system by working closer together and help with us with our cost efficiencies.

The first public board meeting between the trusts is taking place on 26th April at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle at 13:30 – 16:30. The board agenda will available on each Trust website on Friday 20th April and full meeting minutes will also be available on the websites following the meeting.



If you have any queries please get in touch with Daniel Scheffer, Joint Company Secretary for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust via email at

CQC report significant improvements in healthcare services at HMP Haverigg

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have published a report detailing significant improvement to health services at HMP Haverigg following a re-inspection in January 2018.

The CQC carried out the latest inspection after a previous visit in April 2017 found a number of areas for improvement and issued CPFT with a requirement notice to address these issues. The CQC are now more than satisfied that the improvements had been made, and had no further areas for concern.

Read more about the improvements on our website.

Public asked for their input into new stroke services being implemented in North Cumbria

The clinicians and commissioners involved in work to improve stroke services in North Cumbria would like to meet with members of the local community to discuss how the services will be implemented.

Members of the community are invited to a public event which has been set up by the Stroke Association, taking place on Tuesday 17th April from 2pm to 4pm at Botcherby Community Centre in Carlisle.

The work follows on from the decision made following public consultation in March 2017, to develop a Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for patients in North Cumbria to be seen by a specialist team in a dedicated unit, in line with best practice. Read more. 

The Game of Long Life  - new campaign launched to increase bowel cancer screening uptake

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and this week sees the launch of a new campaign that aims to increase the uptake of free bowel cancer screening in Cumbria.

Driven by Cumbria County Council, NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group and Cumbria and Morecambe Bay Bowel Screening Centre, the campaign aims to increase the uptake of free bowel cancer screening in the county – at the moment just over half of those eligible take part.

The “Game of Long Life” campaign takes the classic Generation Game as its inspiration, reminding people over 60 of the importance of taking part in the screening programme. The campaign tries to bring a fun twist on what is a serious but often embarrassing subject. Read more.

Northern Cancer Voices

Northern Cancer Voices is a NHS led project that is funded by Macmillan. This project involves patients, carers and professionals working together to improve cancer outcomes in the Northern Region. The purpose of this project is to develop a plan that will provide patients, carers and families with opportunities to share their experiences of cancer care and treatment. The plan will also identify ways in which people can work in partnership with health professionals to shape NHS cancer services in our region.

To help us develop this plan, we are currently speaking to people in our region to understand their views on how best to create these opportunities to get involved. We would welcome your views and comments on this topic and would like to invite you to complete our very short survey.  To learn more about the project, please read the first edition of the project bulletin. 

If you have any questions about the survey or would like to know more about current opportunities to get involved in a project related to “Living with Cancer and Beyond” please contact Jo Mackintosh at or telephone 07730379671 /01138257313. The survey will close on Monday 14th May 2018.

Progressing a smokefree NHS

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England has praised trusts who have promoted a smokefree NHS. .

Duncan said: 

I am writing to thank you for the positive action you have taken towards making the ambition for a smokefree NHS an everyday reality.
Reaching the one million smokers in hospital beds, most of whom want help to quit, requires strong and visible leadership at all levels within the NHS.
I especially commend the 90 per cent of mental health services who have already adopted the Preventing Ill Health by Risky Behaviours – Alcohol and Tobacco CQUIN, and many Acute services are also implementing this – training staff to develop brief advice as an integral part of patient care, and agreeing local pathways for patients to receive smoking cessation support.

Tea with the Team – community event for new starters

We have been working closely with members of our community for some time now, including looking at recruitment and retention. As a result of one of our working groups, the community would like to invite new staff (those who have started over the past few months) to have ‘tea with the team’. It is a chance to meet people and to find out more about community groups and activities you can get involved with. The community wants to ensure our staff know how appreciated they are and are offering tea/coffee, cake and a warm welcome. Please join us at Rosehill Theatre near Whitehaven on Sunday 13 May – drop-in anytime between 2.30-6.30pm. If you have any questions about the event please email

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.

World Book Night

The Trust Library service are giving away free books to celebrate World Book Night. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don’t regularly read. A limited number of copies of ‘What the dog knows’ by Cat Warren will be available (on a first come first served basis) in addition to the book swap selection at Carlisle and Whitehaven. Come and collect your free copy from midday from Monday 23rd April at the following locations: Education Centre Library, Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle | Education Centre Library, West Cumberland Hospital Whitehaven | Learning Space, Carleton Clinic (24th April) | Reception area, Voreda, Penrith. For more information see the library website.

Cumbria County Council News Update

In this weeks addition: 

  • Over 96% of children starting primary school this year in Cumbria offered their first choice
  • Foster carers in the west of the county share their ‘reasons to foster’ in new campaign



Emma running London marathon for Carlisle and Eden Mind

Emma Richardson, senior accountancy assistant in the finance team, will be running the London marathon next week for Carlisle & Eden Mind. To raise money Emma has organised a quiz at Pirelli, Carlisle on Friday 27th April at 7pm. Steve Viney from Zing will be playing and there will be a raffle with lots of prizes donated by local business. Contact Emma for more details or donate online. To buy tickets for the quiz night or raffle tickets please contact Emma on 07841049385. 

White metal bracelet found

A distinctive White Metal Bracelet was found in the Carleton Clinic Car Park on Friday the 13th April 2018, if anyone is missing one please call the Secretary’s Melissa or Natalie on 01228 603001 or 01228603092 

The importance of Information Governance Training - is this okay Marti?

A member of staff has praised our IG training team for making her aware of Cyber security issues, as she had discovered her home PC had become victim of a Ransomware attack. She was lucky enough to have recognised this from her recent IG Training and the situation was resolved fairly quickly.  During the event the hackers tried to send her various messages appearing convincingly like Microsoft support, and even resorted to calling her on the phone as her machine was being cleansed. She was astounded by the amount of information the hackers had managed to access. 

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!

Contact us

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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