Partnership News 26th April 2018

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Thursday 26th April

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Top Stories

Recognising and celebrating our amazing people

Staff at the Trust have been recognised for their outstanding efforts and hard work, as part of the Trust’s reward and recognition scheme. The Amazing People Recognition Awards, now in their second year, give staff the opportunity to nominate colleagues who they feel deserve to be recognised for going the extra mile. 
The award winners and those highly commended were invited to a small event at Newton Rigg College to celebrate their achievements.

Read more about the awards, winners and highly commended teams and individuals on our webpage.

Staff engagement sessions – only two weeks to go






The next round of CEO staff engagement events start in just two weeks – have you booked your place yet? This round of events will focus on our joint business objectives for the coming year across North Cumbria and Cumbria Partnership.

In the last round of events, staff were able to discuss a range of issues with Stephen, including –

  • How we can integrate services with the two Trusts coming together.
  • How countywide services will be affected by changes – such as mental health and children’s services – and what the timescales are.
  • Integrated Care Communities – the infrastructure, impact on the third sector, and how they will be financed.
  • How we can improve on reporting risks.

The above topics were discussed and, where possible, Stephen and his executive team were able to give updates and also address concerns. Some questions could not be answered on the day but he and his team gave a commitment to being open and honest and to continue to update staff.

The dates for the upcoming events 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

ICC update for staff and stakeholders – April 2018

Plans to join up health and care services in north Cumbria will now progress following approval of the business case which sets out details of how Integrated Care Communities (ICCs) will work in practice.

ICCs aim to address the challenges of an aging population and increasing demand on health and care services by providing more out of hospital care and empowering people to take control of their health and wellbeing. This will require new ways of working to focus on preventing ill health and ensure services are sustainable for the future

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A short animation has been developed to explain why we need ICCs and how they will work. Watch the animation.

Why are stroke services changing across north Cumbria?

The North Cumbria Health and Care System is aware of concerns within the community about the development of a Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU).

We want to be clear that this significant investment in services will bring benefits for all patients across north Cumbria. We hope answering these questions may help reassure our community.

We are planning to modernise and improve the care provided to stroke patients by developing an enhanced service called a HASU, not previously available across north Cumbria which has been proven to improve mortality and reduce long term disability. There are a series of questions and answers to this issue on the North Cumbria CCGs website, please take the time to read these and share with your colleagues, friends and family.

Maternity & Paediatrics update

As work is underway to progress the decisions made following the public consultation in 2016, we are now at a stage of working towards the implementation of option one in Maternity and introducing Short Stay Paediatric Assessment Units in Paediatrics.

In Maternity, an initial meeting has been held to look in detail at the developing criteria for implementing ‘option one’. Members of the meeting are from both NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH). During the public consultation, it was estimated that under option one up to 200 women a year from West Cumbria would be required to give birth at the Cumberland Infirmary, if the baby would be more likely to require paediatric intervention. Detailed work is now being carried out in order to provide a strong clinical evidence base to inform the final criteria and final estimations of numbers.

As well as the small group looking at data, planning meetings will be held for option one involving more members of staff, Maternity Voices Partnership and members of the community. The first meeting will take place in May and a date will be confirmed very soon which will be shared.

In Paediatrics, the establishment of Short Stay Paediatric Assessment Units (SSPAUs) alongside the inpatient units at CIC and WCH is now underway for children with less acute illnesses. Given the remote and rural nature of our geography and the difficulties in recruitment, the SSPAU working group has drawn up plans to  implement this service pathway in four phases while we work towards developing an integrated service for children. The SSPAU model is already used extensively across the UK and reflects the changing nature of childhood illness with the majority of children discharged from hospital without admission to an overnight bed.

‘Phase one’ has now started on both sites with the SSPAUs open approximately from 8.30am-9.00pm at CIC and 9.00am-5.00pm at WCH, both Monday to Friday. The SSPAUs are both situated on the ward areas. Children and their families should not currently notice a difference other than they should be seen more quickly by a senior decision maker and go home in less time. It is currently too early to audit the progress of the SSPAUs but anecdotal feedback has suggested it is already having a positive impact for children and their families. The aim is now to move to phase two (the SSPAU being open seven days a week at CIC and longer opening times at WCH) in May dependent upon recruitment. 

e-Health Update

Reminder – Email Attachments

The Trust would like to remind all users not to open any unexpected email attachments, even if they seem to be urgent or interesting.  Our security partners are reporting increased instances of malicious code found within Microsoft Office documents received by email. 

As a further reminder, please refrain from clicking links within emails if you are unsure of the source of the message or it is unexpected.

Any e-mail received that you feel is suspicious, should be forwarded to:  and then deleted.

If you have any questions, please contact the eHealth Service desk on 01228 608888

Do you use a Trust mobile phone?

To help us continue to save on costs, the IT service desk is undertaking an audit to check that all mobile phone numbers issued are still used. They recently sent a text message to each mobile phone user, asking them to reply by text to confirm their name and the department they work in. We’ve had a good number of responses, but there are still users who are yet to reply.

If you’ve not yet responded, you will receive a final text message to confirm that you still use your Trust mobile phone. It’s really important that you respond if you want to keep your mobile phone number, we will suspend and delete the numbers from which we receive no response.

If you’re not able to respond by text, you have a phone but haven’t received a text, or if you have any other questions, please email the team stating the name of the mobile phone user, the mobile phone number and the department in which they work.

Do you still need your Trust mobile phone?

As a Trust, we have a number of staff members who are waiting to be issued a mobile phone. To help avoid unnecessary cost, we always aim to repurpose mobile phones before purchasing new ones.

If you have a Trust mobile phone, but no longer use it, we would ask that it be returned to the IT service desk. We can arrange collections and returns for you, all you need to do is complete a request form on the IT service desk.

Thank you for your continued support in helping us to ensure that staff who need them have access to a mobile.

Is your data at risk?

If you save files locally to your device, you could risk losing them. It’s good practice to save to your designated network drive (eg S drive, Y drive, G drive), so you can be sure your data is backed up and secure, and it’s stated in the Trust’s Acceptable Use Policy (IT systems) that ‘data must not be stored on any Trust end user device’.

We’re encouraging all staff to make sure files and data are saved to the appropriate place on the server. If you’re not sure how to check if you’re saving locally to your machine, or if you need help moving files, you can find some guidance on the intranet.

If you have any questions

Please contact the IT service desk via the self service portal, or by calling 01228 608888. 

Early Help Update - can you help us improve?

We are continuing to see evidence of how Early Help is being used across Cumbria and partner agencies to measure and respond to some of the problems being experienced by Children and Young people in our communities. On a day to day basis the Early Help Officers are responding to requests for advice and support in all aspects of the process from signposting to paperwork and support documents – to invitations to attend complex TAF’s or requests to refer to the Early Help panels. They welcome this contact as it helps to strengthen and maintain the support Young People and their families get at that early stage. There are three areas we would like to highlight that will assist in measuring the quality and impact of all the work that is taking place. Please read on

FP10 prescription pads - Safe and secure management - New guidance

New guidance for the use of FP10 prescription pads has been approved, the guidance is available on the medicines management intranet

Teams must ensure all staff who use or handle FP10s, authorise staff to order, order pads, prescribe or are responsible for secure storage, are aware of this guidance and ensure they are adhering to it. There is also a new requirement to authorise new codes to ensure that finance and business managers in care groups are involved in aligning new codes to a finance code prior to use.

Please also note that orders for green FP10 (RNN code) pads can now be sent in, using the order form in the guidance, to the pharmacy team using the  email address. Purple pads (used by Community NMPs) should continue to be ordered as before and this is also described in the guidance document.

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

JOIN Our Amazing People

12 Month Secondment Opportunity

There is an exciting opportunity for a 12 month secondment to join the Safeguarding team as a Safeguarding Specialist nurse in the Trust,

For further details please call/email Susan Mein. | 07917553698.

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

You don’t need to wait for the survey to start to make a difference.  There are ideas on the Workforce and OD pages about what you can do now to develop yourself and your team.

GROW Your shared know how

The Workforce and OD staff web pages have a range of trianing opportunities many of them free. There's also information about health and wellbeing as well as continuous service improvement.

New mindfulness courses beginning in May

 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 (both Carlisle courses are now full, Ulverston has two spaces left and Sedbergh has 6 spaces left). you can find out the dates and locations here. 

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 Training

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Refresher & Introduction to Informed Consent

This training will be held at the University of Cumbria, Fusehill campus on the 22nd May.

For more information and how to book. 

North West Advanced Practice Regional Network Meeting - Diabetes

Northwest Advanced Practitioner network is a regional forum open to all advanced practitioners from all disciplines. We inform and advise on local, regional and national agendas whilst having a heavy clinical focus covering all areas of advanced practice.
This free event will be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 | 9.30 - 15:00 at  Wrighington Hospital, Conference Centre, Hall Lane Appleby  Bridge, Wigan WN6 9EP
Guest Speakers include: 
Dr Johnathon Schofield | Consultant Diabetologist & Acute Physician
Julie Davey | Expert Patient - My own journey as a type 1 diabetic
Mr James Davenport | Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon – the diabetic foot
If you wish to attend please confirm via email to : 

News and Events

NHS70 – celebrations and stories

Local NHS organisations are urging the community to go blue in support of the National Health Service which turns 70 on 5th July 2018.  Staff, community groups and businesses are being encouraged to show their support by dressing in or decorating their workplaces in blue, holding their own tea party or sharing their memories of the NHS over the last 70 years. Read the full press release here.

The NHS Big 7Tea - On and around 5 July, people up and down the country will get together to raise a cuppa to our beloved NHS and raise funds for NHS charities. Over the last 70 years the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world. And helping behind the scenes are more than 250 dedicated NHS charities. Across the UK people are organising tea parties and many are choosing an NHS charity to support. However you choose to celebrate and whichever NHS charity you want to support our pack will provide you with everything you need to host the perfect party - Planning an NHS 7Tea party in your workplace? Let us know and we can promote on PN – plus tweet @cpftnhs your photos on the day so we can share!

NHS70 - Give blood - The birthday is an opportunity to encourage the public to show their support for the NHS and this includes being a blood donor. Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has relied on the public for support. Do you want to give the NHS a special present for its 70th birthday? Sign up now to give blood and help save lives.  

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? Where 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

Carlisle City Centre Event - On Saturday 7th July, Unison and the NHS are holding an event to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. Stands and activities will be hosted by NHS services, our partners and local charities. We want the event to be fun, interesting and interactive, so are looking for teams to host stands on the day. If you would like to be involved on the day, please contact

Keep a look out for updates over the coming weeks and months. All the details will also be added online here:   

New Children’s Down Syndrome service.

The Children’s Community Nurses at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have developed a service tailored to the health needs of those children who have a diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome.

In accordance with NICE guidelines and the Down’s Syndrome Association, children with Down’s Syndrome should receive annual health reviews; which has not always happened in Cumbria but will now be developed further to support more children. The service includes height and weight checks plus any recommended routine screenings that these children may require, as well as sign posting to other services as appropriate.  Children will then be reviewed regularly as necessary.

If there are any children that you are aware of that may benefit from this service or if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Children’s Community Nursing Team on 01900 705080 or via

New York Times visits Alston

At first we thought we were hearing things wrongly but yes, The New York Times recently got in touch to ask to visit Alston Hospital. They contacted Malcolm Forster from the Alston League of Friends and asked if they could speak to him about the new way of delivering health care to those on Alston Moor.

The article that they are working concentrates on austerity and its effect on rural communities. Alston has been selected as an example of an isolated rural community and a number of people and organisations have been approached.

The reporter Ceylan Yeginsu met Malcom and Marti Irving, from the Partnership Trust, at the hospital and they explained the new way of working and how it came about. Read the full story on our website

Safeguarding Update

The safeguarding team are pleased to be able to announce that the new integrated Independent Domestic and Sexual Abuse Crisis Support Service will go live on 1st May 2018. This will see a team providing Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisor support to victims, including safety planning, emotional support, practical advice on issues such as housing and benefits, support with the criminal justice process and civil orders, support with referral to health services and other practical help as appropriate to the person. 

Sexual abuse cases requiring Independent Sexual Violence Advisor support can continue to be referred to the service by emailing

From 1st May:

  • High risk domestic abuse cases (those with a score of 14 or more on the DASH risk assessment) should be referred to this service by emailing The telephone number for the service is 0300 303 3797
  • Medium risk domestic abuse cases (those with score of 10-13 on the DASH risk assessment) will be offered support through the Victim Support main service. They should be referred by emailing
  • The Let Go service will cease to handle cases from 1st May 2018.

Professionals should complete the DASH risk assessment before referring in any Domestic Abuse cases. For more information please contact the safeguarding team.

Council’s Reablement Service rated 'Good' by CQC inspectors

Care Quality Commission inspectors have concluded that Cumbria County Council’s Reablement Service is a good care provider - judging the service as ‘good’ across the board.

The ‘good’ rating was achieved following inspections of the Reablement service covering both the south of the county (Barrow and South Lakeland) and west Cumbria (Allerdale and Copeland) that took place in February and March 2018.

As well as being rated ‘good’ overall, Reablement was also rated ‘good’ for each of the five key categories graded by the CQC, which assessed if the service was safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Cath Whalley, Cumbria County Council Assistant Director, Adult Social Care, said:

“The County Council welcomes the CQC findings and is very pleased CQC inspectors have recognised the excellent work being done by the council’s Reablement Service. Reablement provides short term care and support to help people in Cumbria get back on their feet after they’ve been ill or in hospital. The service assesses people’s needs and helps them regain the skills and confidence to carry on living independently for longer.”

Read the full story on the County Council's website

Hospice at Home 20 Challenge 

Hospice at Home are running a fundraising event on Saturday 2nd June 2018, the event consists of a challenging 20 mile walk for teams of 2 people or more. 

There are 3 routes available to suit all walkers:

  • 20 Mile route over 10 fells, 9 of which are Wainwrights
  • 11 mile route over 5 fells, all 5 are Wainwrights, 
  • 9 mile guided low level walk around Newlands Beck, Catbells Terrace, Derwentwater shore and Lingholme Walled Garden

Please visit Hospice at Home's website for more information or contact or telephone 01768 210719.



Happy retirement to Dr David Prosser!

Dr Dave Prosser is leaving the trust after working for more than 20 years here in Cumbria.  Dave has worked across the trust from PICU, inpatients and CMHRT.  More recently he has been sharing his expertise with the Penrith CMHRT and Carlisle ALIS/Home treatment team.  Dave is well respected and liked across the whole organisation and will be missed by colleagues, service users and carers.  We all wish him a happy retirement and hope he enjoys his time in the garden and running up more fells! 

Dr Sam Dearman said:

“Dr Prosser is a very well-known and respected Psychiatrist, having worked in many of our mental health services over the course of his distinguished career.  His humane, thoughtful, evidence-based and person centred approach to patient care and relationships with colleagues is the underpinning of the respect that we all hold for him.

Dr Prosser should also be noted as highly effective educationalist, having driven forward the training agenda of doctors in mental health and overseeing expansion of the postgraduate training in psychiatry from its beginnings of only one doctor in training to several foundation doctors, general practitioners and those training to become psychiatrists.  He has a reputation for promoting adult learning, reflection and safe medicine, something as I well know as his former, and very grateful trainee. You will be missed Dave” 

Happy retirement to  Dot Masson (Ellerbeck Ward)  

A number of Dot’s colleagues have been in touch to thank her for all of her hard work during her career as a nurse. Dot is now set to take some well-deserved time off and enjoy retirement. Here are some of the messages we have received from Lucie Rushforth, Jane Banks, Sylvia McKenzie and Zoe Hampton.

“Dot’s dedication to nursing, vast knowledge and support she has given to both patients and staff throughout her years as a nurse deserves to be recognised! She is an incredible nurse that has an amazing ability to make anyone in her company feel at ease!”

“Dot is due to retire shortly after many years of nursing and covering a range of different areas in her nursing career, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience and will be missed greatly by her colleagues and our patients alike. After all the years of dedication she has shown , it is now our turn to show Dot how much we appreciate her.”

“Dot has outstanding knowledge and loyalty not only to the Trust but to staff and patients as well, she is due to retire next month and I believe she has been a valued member throughout her time as both a staff nurse and a sister. She will be missed.”

“Dot is a fantastic nurse and a super colleague. Such a fabulous person both inside and out and always went above and beyond. Her presence could make anybody smile and she always brightened my day! An absolute asset to the team and I feel privileged that I had the opportunity to work alongside her and to now call her my friend. A true diamond.”

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 - picture sent?

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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Write to: Communications & Engagement Department,
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