Partnership News 5th April 2018

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Thursday 5th 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

CEO staff engagement sessions – new dates announced

The next round of CEO staff engagement events will focus on our joint business objectives for the coming year across North Cumbria and Cumbria Partnership.  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 the overarching 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?   The dates are as follows:


  • 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.  

Alliance plans approved

The NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body have agreed the plans submitted by Alston, Wigton and Maryport Alliances on the future of healthcare for those areas and the closure of the inpatient beds at those hospitals.

This means that in Alston the beds can now be permanently closed.  The beds have been temporarily closed for a year due to staffing issues and the team have been working successfully to a new community model since then.

In Wigton and Maryport we will now be working alongside staff and the Alliances to close the beds in a phased way and we don’t expect all overnight in-patient beds to be closed before October, unless there is a patient safety issue.

No staff will be made compulsorily redundant during this process and we will work with those affected and our union representatives to ensure they are supported in every possible way.

The Trust will continue to work alongside staff, the Alliances and our partners to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible.

The next Alston Alliance meeting is currently being arranged.   There is a drop in session for Wigton Hospital staff on10th April from 1pm until 3pm, following this there will be an Alliance meeting until 5pm. In Maryport the next Alliance meeting is on the 6th April 2 -3.30pm. Read more online

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. 

Useful updates 

New Occupational Health Service from 1 April

North Cumbria University Hospitals is our new provider for Occupational Health Services. Visit the occupational health page for more details.

CPFT is pleased to announce the introduction of an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for all our staff. The Employee Assistance Programme is a confidential counselling and information service which is available 24/7 to assist you with personal or work-related problems that may be affecting your health, wellbeing or performance.  This new EAP service is part of your benefits package as an employee and is available from 1st April.

The EAP is a welfare initiative where you can access, confidential support to help cope with wellbeing issues.  It will be delivered by The Validium Group, a professional and independent Employee Assistance Programme provider who support over 350 organisations in the UK.  The service provides short-term, solution-focused counselling and information services from Validium's specialist teams:

  • Qualified solicitors - to provide information and signposting with personal legal matters
  • Financial specialists - for information and signposting with personal money matters
  • Specialist debt counsellors - to help with financial difficulties
  • A range of health and wellbeing specialists - to provide information and signposting on health and medical and lifestyle matters
  • Qualified counsellors - to help with personal or work-related concerns

For more detailed information, and to request support services online visit their website. You can login using the following: Username: CPFT | Password: wellbeing.

Contact your EAP anytime on Freephone 0800 358 4858.

Agency Staff Reminder and Out of Hours provision  

This is a reminder that the way agency staff are recruited and paid has now changed. Requests for agency staff are now handled by the in-house Agency team at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust:

  • Agency requests to be emailed using form to
  • Agency workers, timesheets for up to 1st April to be submitted on Retinue system by 13th April
  • Timesheets to be submitted weekly on Brooksons by 10 am on Monday’s
  • Timesheet approvers to approve weekly no later than by close of play Monday’s
  • Further support on timesheet submission or approval can be provided by emailing

If you have any queries about this, please contact the Agency Team during office hours on 01946 523925 or email

Use of Trust Email Addresses

It has been reported to the Information Security Team that a significant number of Trust email addresses (e.g have been found on an externally hosted server and in some cases the password that accompanies the email address was also present. These are referred to as ‘compromised credentials’.All staff are to review any personal accounts they have where the username is a Trust email address (including a group email address). If such an account exists it should be immediately closed, if an account is necessary to support the Trust operations the password should be changed immediately and on a regular basis thereafter and a stronger password used (e.g over 10 characters including uppercase lowercase and special characters such as CS!mmfp1tW).

Trust email addresses must only be used for official purposes that support the business needs of the organisation.  They are not to be used by users for personal reasons. E.g. creating an online shopping account using the email address as a username.

Further advice can be obtained by contacting   

New data protection regulations apply from next month

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018, and it will affect teams right across CPFT and NCUH.

The Information Governance team has been visiting teams, and attending meetings, to tell you more. They will also be in the following locations to answer any questions you might have:




10th April 2018

Carleton Clinic Canteen


25th April 2018

Voreda House – Reception area


9th May 2018

Maglona House - Boardroom


More dates and venues are being added to the schedule, including some at NCUH sites, so look out for more information coming soon.

If you have any questions, please have a read through the GDPR intranet pages, or contact the IG team.

Are you buying/implementing a new system, creating a database or decommissioning an asset?

If so, it’s likely that you’ll need to complete a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) – formerly known as a Privacy Impact Assessment. This is because, as an organisation, we have a legal responsibility to make sure any new systems have appropriate security controls in place throughout development and implementation.

This is even more crucial with the introduction of GDPR.

The IG team can help guide you on how to complete your DPIA. Contact the Asset Management Officer on 01228 608844, or visit the IG intranet site for more information, templates and FAQs. 

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

Click here for training dates

Car parking for staff visiting Voreda

Penrith Methodist Church have raised the issue that NHS staff are using their car park whilst visiting Voreda HQ; and have requested that it is only used when members are booked into a meeting room at the church. There is free parking at the top of Wordsworth Street and an allowance of two hours by the houses. If you are concerned about parking please contact Voreda reception on 01228 608398. 

Safeguarding April Newsletter

This month’s edition features:

  • Important information when contacting the Safeguarding Duty Team
  • April Blog on Human Trafficking
  • Training Dates and Safeguarding Figures.

Stay safe this Summer

At last summer is on its way! Last year NICE published some new guidance to help us all enjoy the sun safely, this guidence offers help and advice for you and your patients. View the guidence here.

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

JOIN Our Amazing People

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

Our Great Teams Great Care staff engagement survey is now live for this quarter

​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

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and everyone will get a chance to complete it once throughout the year.  Information provided on the survey is confidential and the results will be collated outside of the Trust so that we will be able to see trends but no individual responses.

We know that if staff feel valued, respected and supported, patient care gets even better. This is why we want to hear from you about how supported you feel – as part of your team and by the Trust.

To find out more contact the organisational development team -

Engaging for Improvement – Applications now open

The window for Wave 8 applications is now open and we are looking for new schemes that enable staff to take forward local improvements.  We are actively encouraging cross organisational projects that embody joint working and bring improvement across the healthcare system.  Applications are welcome from CPFT, NCUH, CCG, CCC and third sector organisations.

The success of any improvement project lies in engagement and involvement of the right people from the outset.  Engaging for Improvement focusses on identifying an idea for change, making sure the right information is gathered to understand and support your change and help you engage with your own team and wider stakeholders.

Engaging for Improvement is a six step approach designed to be worked through over a period of 20 weeks; Wave 8 will be undertaken June to November 2018, during this time the CLIC Team will actively support you and your team to take forward your improvement, providing guidance, coaching, advice and tools to assist you through your improvement journey and beyond.

If you think Engaging for Improvement is something you may be interested in please follow this link to access an ‘Expression of Interest Form.  Please complete and return this to the CSI Team as soon as possible.  The closing date for formal applications is the 30th April 2018.

GROW Your shared know how

Carlisle Eden Mind Self Harm & Suicide Alertness training

Free self harm & suicide alertness training for professionals working with children & young people. These half day workshops include casestudies, videos and group discussion.
Learning outcomes include:
  • Looking at the local and national context and being aware that self harm and suicide are major public health issues
  • ​Dispelling some of the myths about self harm and suicide and looking at our own and societal attitudes
  • Helping staff to identify issues, discuss and help a young person seek further help
  • Understanding and using the Cumbria Self harm Guidance & Pathway and being aware of other support available
  • Understanding the importance of asking directly about thoughts of suicide and the importance of safety planning

Upcoming dates:

  • Workington Fire Station | Friday 18th May | 9:30 am- 1.00 pm
  • Penrith Fire Station | Friday 13th April | 9:30am- 1.00pm or Monday 4th June | 9:30 am – 1.00pm
  • Carlisle East Fire Station | Friday 20th April | 9:30am – 1:00pm or Tuesday 29th May | 9:30 am- 1:00 pm
  • For more details or to book contact​

LGBT  Network

Are you interested in LGBT issues? Come join us on 24th April at 2pm in LGBT HQ in Carlisle for the LGBT Staff Network, please contact for more information


South Cumbria community staff join UHMBT

The aspiration of providing integrated care across Morecambe Bay took a step closer last weekend as more than 500 staff working in community services in south Cumbria joined University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT).

The staff who previously worked for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) – joined up with acute hospital colleagues on 1 April 2018.

Among the benefits anticipated will be:

  • consistent community care across Morecambe Bay
  • reduced duplication for our patients
  • better admission and discharge procedures

Read more. 

Dance project for stroke survivors to be showcased at a national conference

A hospital dance and movement project which seeks to help people who have had a stroke with their rehabilitation is being showcased at a prestigious London arts event.

‘About Being’ is a programme that is run in partnership with North Cumbria Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) and the ‘Dance and Health’ project delivered by staff and students from the University of Cumbria. People who have suffered a stroke are offered weekly dance and movement sessions, starting in the hospital then feeding into the community with community sessions hosted at the University of Cumbria. Read more.

North Cumbria Renal Team shortlisted for national award

A team of nurses in North Cumbria have been shortlisted for a prestigious Burdett Nursing Award, which could see North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust’s (NCUH) Renal service awarded as much as £20,000. 

The peritoneal dialysis team is a nurse-led service that supports patients with kidney failure in administering their own dialysis therapy at home. A dialysis patient who comes into hospital would usually have to attend three 4-hour dialysis sessions per week, however peritoneal patients are able to self-dialyse themselves at home, usually overnight as they sleep. Read more.

Chair of NHS North Cumbria CCG thanks interim chief executive

The interim chief executive of NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Stephen Childs has left the organisation at the end of March.  Mr Childs was brought in to support the CCG through boundary change and to recover from being placed in legal direction in September 2016.  He continued in his role as managing director of the North of England Commissioning Support (NECS) on a part time basis and now returns to that role full time in April. Read more.


Infection Prevention and Control Conference

Come to the infection prevention and control conference on Thursday 7th June 2018 at  Rheged Penrith 9.25am - 4.15pm - registration from 8.30am. This event is free for all staff.

Topics will include:
• Sepsis
• Tuberculosis
• Influenza
• Gram negative blood stream infections
• Transmission of pathogens
• Infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship
To reserve your place please email or call Elaine Haraldsen - – 01946 523422 before Friday 25 May.
Please indicate if you have any special dietary requirement

Research conference May 2018

You are invited to attend Cumbria’s annual research conference on Friday 11th May 9:30 - 4pm at Newton Rigg College, Penrith. Join the research team for a day of talks and workshops to learn about research happening in Cumbria and how you can get involved.

If you would like to attend please contact the research team at Or 01228 603126 by the 20th of April indicating whether you will be joining us for the buffet lunch (including dietary requirements)

Partnership Working in Cancer Survivorship workshop

This free partnership working event hopes to bring people and organisations together to connect, map services and plan how to support people who have been affected by cancer in North Cumbria. Join in the event to take part in workshops, have lunch together, listen to presentations and talk to people who have a shared desire to work together in providing care for people with cancer. This event will be held on Monday 30th April 9.00am – 4.30pm at the Peninne Room, Rheged, Redhills, Penrith CA11 0DQ.  Parking is free, lunch and refreshments are provided.

If you would like to attend please contact Janette on 01228 814781 or email



Fundraising event held by Allerdale CMHART

Denise Courtney, Advanced Nurse Practitioner along with her team decided that this year she would join CFM cash for kids 500 faces appeal and  agreed to complete three running challenges throughout the year. The first one was completed in March where she completed an additional 50miles to hernormal routine in the month. As a team they  have also held  small sales and on the 27th March they held a team Easter fun day, this included tombola, egg dump, raffle. Margaret Eccles and one of our students  Natalie held a cake stall in the local hospital. The day raised £217 pound towards the CFM cash for kids of this £109 came purely from the cake sales.  This added to the online donations makes their grand total for CFM cash for kids so far £337.00. Well done!


A fond farewell to Sister Gerald

Sister Gerald , who has been part of the chaplaincy at Carleton Clinic for 16 years is due to leave to begin a new chapter in her life. Sister Gerald has been greatly valued and appreciated over the years by staff and patients, she has always been friendly and approachable, always ready to listen and help others. She was a greatly respected colleague who will be hugely missed. Colleagues at Carleton Clinic would like to thank her for all she has done over the years and wish her every blessing for the future. Staff from Ruskin unit threw a retirement tea for Sister Gerald, the team said: We had a lovely morning of tea and cakes to send off Sister Gerald who is moving back to Ireland to live with her family after Easter.

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.


NHS Health Service discounts New Website

The brand new Health Service Discounts website is now live. It’s packed full of exciting new features - new branding, intelligent searches, precise recommendations, improved navigation, device compatibility; all designed to help NHS and healthcare staff save more money and time when claiming our discounts.

You can take a look at their website here

If you haven’t already registered, you can sign up here for free and start using the discounts straight away.


Contact us

If you have any news or events to share, please contact the Communications & Engagement Team by 5pm Thursday to be included in the following week’s
Partnership News.

If your colleagues don’t have access to email please print this off and display
in an appropriate area.

You can contact us by:
Phone: 01228 603890
Write to: Communications & Engagement Department,
Voreda, Portland Place, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7QQ