Partnership News 23rd February 2018

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Friday 23rd February 2018

Welcome to Partnership News, the weekly newsletter produced by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Cumbria County Council. 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

South Community services transfer: Staff sessions available

On April 1st more than 500 staff who work in the community across south Cumbria are joining University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The aim is to integrate their services with those provided by the hospital trust.

Sessions are being held to help the staff transferring to get to know their counterparts working in hospitals and the feedback from the sessions that have already taken place is very positive - so we urge you to go to one if you can.

Further sessions are planned as follows:

  • Friday 23rd February | Grange Health Centre, Rooms 1 & 2 | 12:00 - 12:45 & 13:00 - 13:45
  • Tuesday 27th February | Furness General, Conference Room | 12:00 - 12:45 & 13:00 - 13:45
  • Thursday 1st March | Furness General, Conference Room | 12:00 - 12:45 & 13:00 - 13:45
  • Friday 16th March | Westmorland General, Education Centre Room 4 | 12:00 - 12:45 & 13:00

There are also some sessions planned which will be led by UHMB Chief Executive Jackie Daniel, but will also include a market place of support services provided at UHMB which will provide useful information for your future employment. It will also give you an opportunity to hear from Jackie Daniel and other executives

  • Monday 5 March 2018 | 9.30am to 12.30pm | Barrow 6th form College
  • Monday 5 March 2018 | 12.30pm to 3.30pm |  Barrow 6th form College
  • Friday 9 March 2018 |  9.30am to 12.30pm | Stonecross Manor, Kendal
  • Friday 9 March 2018 | 12.30pm to 3.30pm |  Stonecross Manor, Kendal

Staff are welcome to attend these and get to know colleagues from the community services. More details are available on StaffWeb.

If you would like a stall at the events on the 5 and 9 March please contact Simon Rigg for more details.

Last chance to book your place on this round of 'This is Us' staff engagement events

Following on from Stephen Eames first 100 days as chief executive of NCUH and CPFT, we have launched our ‘this is us’ staff engagement programme. 

At the engagement sessions, Executive Directors provide an update on emerging priorities for 2018/19 and to listen to feedback and answer questions from staff. Sessions have taken place in Barrow, Carlisle, Penrith and today in West Cumbria and have prompted healthy discussion on everything from the future of countywide services to car parking!

The last chance to take part in this round of events is:

Friday 9th March | 10:00am – 11:30am | The Shakespeare Centre Kendal. 

If you would like to attend please confirm your place by emailing  There will also be an opportunity for you to pop in on the day.  For those who were unable to attend, today's session in Whitehaven is being filmed and will be available in Stephen's blog later this week.

Useful updates 

Critical incident declared relating to electronic patient record EMIS system in South Cumbria - please be vigilant.

We are currently dealing with a scheduling issue within EMIS. This is currently isolated to the District Nursing Teams in the south of the county and is specific to the scheduling element of EMIS. This has been declared a critical incident by the Trust and is being treated as a priority.

Please can all other teams be vigilant and if you notice any unexpected changes in schedules please raise this as a matter of urgency with IT and your line manager.

We now have a work around that has been rolled out and this can be found on the district nursing staff webpages.

Many thanks to all those team members who have been struggling with this issue and whose vigilance has ensured that patients have remained safe throughout.

First Step System Upgrade Weekend – 23rd February

Unfortunately the Iaptus migration used by first step failed last weekend, we have now been informed that Mayden Health will attempt to upgrade this weekend. 

The Iaptus system will be unavailable from 8pm on Friday 23rd February to 8am Monday 26th February. There will be a very limited view only during this time. Please review your business continuity plans if you would usually require access at this time.

If you have any questions please contact

RiO Updates

Reminder – to follow paper health record keeping standards, before uploading to an electronic patient system

The Health Records Department have completed scanning and health records keeping standards audits in various teams across the trust.  There have been a few issues with staff not following health records keeping standards with paper records they are producing to upload to the electronic systems. Please see reminders below:

  • Only black ink must be used, no pencils, red & blue pens or highlighters
  • All documents must have at least 3 patient identifiers, full name, date of birth, NHS Number and PAS number
  • Completed documents e.g. observation forms must be signed before the end of shift
  • Deletions/alterations must have a single line through the text, and the signature, name, designation, date and time the correction was made. 
  • Blood results must be signed, dated and name printed on each result before uploaded to the electronic system


Ulysses Upgrade

On 1st March 2018 from 9:30am staff will not be able to access Ulysses Risk Management System as the system is being upgraded. This update will take approximately 1 to 2 hours. We apologise for any inconvinience. 


Parental mental health and substance misuse

The NSPCC has updated its website page on family issues children experience to include information on parental mental health and parental substance misuse.

Further information:

Parental mental health: how to help children living with parents with mental health problems

Parental substance misuse: how to support children living with parents who misuse alcohol and drugs

Pause Cumbria update

Pause works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care. Through an intense programme of support, it aims to break this cycle and give women the opportunity to reflect, tackle destructive patterns of behaviour, and to develop new skills and responses that can help them create a more positive future.

Pause Cumbria Briefing Note

Local Safeguarding Childrens Board Procedures Manual Update

policy & proceduresA number of policies and procedures in the Local Safegurading Chidlren Board's online manual have been updated. The list includes; Children who go missing from home or care; Local Protocol for Assessment and Child Sexual Exploitation.

A new procedure has also been added to the manual Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment

Did you know you can register for alerts for when their procedures, policies and guidance are updated? Register Now.   

CQC Local System review - Health and Social Care

Last week a team of Care Quality Commission inspectors carried out a Local System Review of Health and Social Care in Cumbria. They visited services and were talking to staff, patients, as well as health and social care professionals.  Thank you for all your hard work while the inspectors were here.

There were 3 main areas that the CQC review team focused on:

  • Maintaining the wellbeing of a person in usual place of residence
  • Crisis management
  • Step down, return to usual place of residence and / or admission to a new place of residence

The review teams were checking whether the services that we provide are:

  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Caring
  • Responsive

There are 20 similar reviews being carried out across England. As well as a local report which we will use to improve and develop our services, the findings from Cumbria will also feature in a national report which will be important as integrated health and social care services are further developed across the country. The scope of the review is limited and looked specifically at how people move between health and social care, including delayed transfers of care, with a particular focus on people over 65 years old, including those with dementia. We expect there to be a number of areas highlighted for improvement, but we also hope the hard work of our teams is reflected too. We expect the outcome of the review to be shared mid-April 2018. 

Read the full Local Safeguarding Childrens Board's newsletter

It features a range of trianing opportunities and advice for those workign with children.

The full news letter is here

Vacancies in Cumbria

Job Centre Plus Cumbria now has a dedicated Twitter account for jobs and careers events in the area. Follow them for the latest vacancies and advice.

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

Nursing Times Awards - Clinical Research Nursing nominations are open!

This year's Nursing Times Awards are now open for applications and we'd like to encourage colleagues across the network to apply for consideration in the Clinical Research Nursing category. 

You have until Friday 4th May to submit your nomination. 

Get your whole team involved in great teams great care

We are now starting to work with individual teams to help them to be the best that they can be.  This is a six month programme that involves US supporting YOU to make the team changes that you feel will make the biggest impact. We are looking for more teams to work with for wave 2, which will start about summer time. More information is on the Great Team Great Care staff webpages.

GROW Your shared know how

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 processClick here for training dates.

Excellent End of Life Care training needs completed this week 

Thanks to all teams who have already completed this. This is a reminder for those of you who haven't quite got round to it, it is essential that staff are skilled and trained in aspects of End of Life Care that are relevant to their service to ensure patients and those important to them are receiving the best possible care.

An End of Life Care self-assessment tool has been developed.Complete the assessment here. The Trust requires all teams to complete the tool by February 26th.

The Trust would like all teams to complete annually - The End of Life Care self-assessment tool to assess how well they are meeting the needs of patients who are in the last 12 months of life and those that are important to them. Please talk to your team lead if you haven’t heard about it.

Clinical skills training

Building on the award winning CLIC Clinical Skills Programme, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust (NCUHT) and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have developed creating a central clinical skills training team which will be hosted through CLIC.

Training will be available from March 2018 & initially cover the following clinical skills: Communication; Insertion & Management of NG Tubes; Catheterisation; Cannulation & IV therapy; Physiological Observations; Verification of Expected Death.

The training will:

  • deliver high quality training at convenient locations across Cumbria
  • build confidence in clinical practice
  • develop & update your clinical skills
  • provide the opportunity to network with colleagues from different teams
  • use a competency framework for reflective learning
  • support your professional re-validation

For further details of the current courses and to book go to the CLIC website Or email

Training from the Local Safeguarding Childrens Board:

LSCB train the trainer

train the trainerWould you like to be a safeguarding trainer for the LSCB? Cumbria LSCB have a two day train the trainer course which is designed to enable you to deliver multi-agency training in line with the expected standards of the LSCB. It will provide both the theoretical and practical skills required to meet these standards.

12th and 13th March at Newton Rigg in Penrith.

For more information email

To book your place on this course please complete a BOOKING FORM and return to:

DARAC - Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment for Children

This course is for frontline practitioners from across the partner agencies who may come into contact with children and young people where Domestic Abuse is a factor.  This includes but is not limited to; social workers, children and family workers, targeted youth support and teaching staff.

These learning events are multi-agency training sessions on the use of the Barnardo's DARAC (Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment for Children - formerly DVRIM).  The sessions will also cover in brief; Domestic Abuse and the impact on children.

The DARAC training aims to assist multi-agency staff and social work staff to:

  • Identify risks to children from Domestic Abuse
  • Make decisions of whether a case presents as in need of a safeguarding response or early help
  • To help staff to make appropriate interventions for children, non-abusing parent and perpetrator

For more information see the LSCB news letter otherwise please complete a BOOKING FORM and return to:

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Training

trainingAims of Training :

  • Introduction to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
  • How to identify families who may be more vulnerable in relation to SIDS.
  • To give an update on current research based safer sleep advice.

Learning Outcomes :

  • When working with families, professionals will have a better understanding of safe sleep messages and how to deliver them effectively to families.
  • Professionals will have more confidence in challenging unsafe sleep practices.
  • Professionals will know where to go to get further support and advice when required.

Duration : 2 Hours

Cost : Courses are provided free of charge to non profit making organisations and LSCB member organisations –

Dates and Venues:

Free SIDS and Safer Sleep Seminars

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Morning session : 9.30am - 12pm - Penrith Methodist Church

Afternoon session : 2pm - 4.30pm - Helena Thompson Museum Workington

To book on or for more information please contact Karen Molloy


Dream placements for NHS future workforce

Local students have experienced a dream placement this week behind the scenes of the NHS to prepare them for careers in healthcare. 

Ten sixth form students from Cumbria undertook a one week placement at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) or University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT). 

Students are spent the week with a range of clinical services as well as with different managers to find out more about what it takes to make it in their chosen career. They have the opportunity to meet staff from all levels of the organisations and also learn about the wide range of behind the scenes services needed to provide patient care. Read more

Local 'Health and Care heroes' sought for awards marking 70 years of the NHS

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards has launched. MPs are being asked to nominate individuals and teams delivering health and care in their constituencies for one-off national awards. This is a great opportunity for NHS organisations showcase the best of our NHS through our MPs to a national audience. Find out more here .

The awards are also open to non-NHS staff and organisations. There are ten categories and the details are included in the attached pack, and available at:

Please read the information carefully, if you want to make a nomination direct to the nominee’s MP please do so and let the Comms & Engagement team know so we can support the awards.
The deadline is early march.

NHS England consultation asks the public for views on over-the-counter medicines 

NHS England is currently asking the public for views on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns.

The public consultation can be found here. The deadline to have your say is the 14th March 2018.

These prescriptions include items for a condition:

  • That is considered to be self-limiting and so does not need treatment as it will heal of its own accord;
  • Which lends itself to self-care, i.e. that the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical care but may decide to seek help with symptom relief from a local pharmacy and use an over the counter medicine.

This not only costs the NHS an estimated £136 million a year, it also means some people are taking up GP appointments which could otherwise be used for more complex and serious cases.

North Cumbria’s hospitals exceed cancer standards

National standards for cancer care have been exceeded at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH). This means that patients are being assessed, diagnosed and are beginning their cancer treatment more quickly at the Trust’s hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven.  

The three cancer standards, set by NHS England, are: 

  • To see a specialist after urgent referral for suspected cancer within two weeks
  • Receive diagnosis to first definitive treatment within 31 days
  • Begin first definitive treatment following urgent GP referral within 62 days

The Trust has performed above the standards in all three areas in December 2017, with nearly 100 per cent of patients receiving first definitive treatment within 31 days of a cancer diagnosis. 

Plans are in place to transform cancer services in North Cumbria. NCUH is working as part of a ‘Northern Cancer Alliance’, bringing together clinical and local health leaders to further improve cancer pathways and local cancer services. 

Lancashire and South Cumbria Child Immunisation and Pregnant Women Survey

Are you pregnant or have given birth in the last 12 months? If so NHS England would like to ask you a few questions about your thoughts on your child(ren) receiving immunisations and/or your thoughts on receiving immunisations against influenza (flu) or pertussis (whooping cough) whilst you are pregnant.The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and your participation will be greatly appreciated.

The data gathered will be analysed and used to build a picture of Lancashire and South Cumbria to help shape the delivery of these NHS immunisation programmes going forward. Complete the survey here.

Parent or carer of a child under 5?

child health appAn NHS Child Health App which was developed in the north east has been extended to cover north Cumbria. It is free to download onto a smartphone/ tablet.

Links showing the locations of north Cumbrian GP practices, pharmacies, minor injury units, nurse-led treatment centres and A+E units have been added to the app. It provides NHS advice for frequent childhood condition and may be useful to share with family, friends and patients. Click iTunes (Apple) or Google Play (Android).

Child Health App offers health advice at your fingertips

Child Health App

Social Media Child Health App

Latest News from Cumbria County Council 

In this weeks newsletter:

  • Full Council agrees budget and new plan for the future
  • Touring exhibition highlights 100 years of mental health care in Cumbria
  • New fund for communities in Eden


Eating Disorder Awareness Week

During Eating Disorder Awareness week - 26th Feb to 4th March,  the ANIS have teamed up with CAMHS to host 2 live web chats, (see below), to help get across key messages and information about eating disorders and to help point people in the right direction for appropriate support. If you know of anyone who might benefit from this, either staff, their families or patients, please share this message and click here for the dates below.

  • 28th Feb 4-6pm (children and young people)
  • 1st March 6-8pm (adults)

Personal resilience workshops – Steve Head

To complement the personal resilience sessions that are currently on offer with CLIC, we are pleased to be able to offer some workshops with Steve Head who is a dynamic speaker and coach who has years of experience in creating high performance and personal resilience.

Last year Steve held sessions with our colleagues from North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, and the joint executive team has arranged for Steve to do some more workshops this April and you can book a place now. The sessions are open to all staff across the organisation and in NCUH.

Feedback from previous sessions with Steve was as follows:

  • Steve Head was brilliant and so relevant to my work and home life
  • When asked to rate Steve, staff said he was outstanding, interesting, enjoyable, motivating, entertaining and inspiring
  • 85% of staff who attended said they wanted to do a session with him again

The sessions will take place as follows at the Castle Inn Hotel, Bassenthwaite from 9.30am-4.30pm:

  • Friday 20 April – Day one session if you have never seen Steve before
  • Tuesday 24 April – Day two session if you have seen Steve once before
  • Wednesday 25 April – Day one session
  • Thursday 26 April – Day one session

Please book your place as soon as possible by emailing (places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis)

To find out more about Steve Head, visit his website at: 

Conference for Black Asian Minority Ethnic and International Staff

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) is committed to ensuring a work place which is fair and inclusive for all staff, which is why they have invited Yvonne Coghill OBE to deliver a key note speech at our conference on 26th March.

Yvonne is a leading voice in the NHS and guides and advises on strategic direction to help ensure all NHS organisations are delivering on their responsibilities of providing equal opportunities for staff from Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds. The event on 26th March will provide an opportunity to look at the progress they have made in our organisation in recent years, and will also give staff the chance to influence where the Trust goes from here. If you are a staff member from a Black Asian, Minority Ethnic or international background, or an ally for BME staff, and feel you’d like to make a contribution to this agenda please come to the conference or contact for more information.



For our staff from our staff 

Dynamed Plus clinical information resource - let us know how useful it is!

Many thanks to those who offered to trial the clinical information resource Dynamed Plus.

The trial ends on 28th February 2018 so you still have time to make the most of it and to let us know what you think by filling in our quick feedback survey.

Many thanks and we appreciate your time.

Fund Raising event 

The first Community Rehabilitation Team fund raising event for the Eden Valley Hospice was held at Hilltop Heights, Carlisle on 20th February. Staff volunteered and baked a wonderful selection of cakes, scones and treats. £ £470 was raised from the donations from the hungry staff. Kate Crawford, Occupational Therapist and Cathy White, Assistant Practitioner were kept busy as the demand for the cakes was high. There was similar event held at the Cumberland infirmary. 

Parking at Carleton Clinic

Please can all staff park appropriately at Carleton Clinic. If the main car park is full, there is parking at Cumberland House, The Coppice, Pinelodge, Estates and Fairfield Centre. Disabled Parking bays should be used appropriately.

Happy retirement to Ingrid

Ingrid Ruddick CPN is retiring after 40 years service.  Ingrid has been part of the Ruddick clan who have worked and some are still working for the Trust. She has witnessed several name changes in the last 40 years.  Ingrid is one of the last old brigade left in the Trust. Throughout her time she has seen many changes, worked with many nurses/mangers, witnessed many changes in how we provide health care for patients with mental health needs. The Eden Memory Team and all who have worked with Ingrid wish her  a happy retirement and all the best for the future.







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Write to: Communications & Engagement Department,
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