Partnership News 10th May 2017

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Wednesday 10th May 2017

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

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#EndPJParalysis - Get up, get dressed, get moving!

#endPJparalysis has launched in Cumbria!

Last week CPFT worked with NCUH to launch this national campaign which encourages hospitalised patients to get up, dressed and moving. Thanks to all staff who got involved by writing pledges, putting on their pjs or helping us to create a social media storm! Keep the pledges coming, we’d love to see more innovative ideas to help support this campaign. Find out more and download the pledge template.

Listening event to develop maternity and paediatric services

Tuesday 16th May, Carnegie Theatre Workington, 1-3pm & 5-7pm

A listening event to help shape how local people and the NHS can work together to help develop and improve maternity and paediatric services in West, North and East Cumbria is being held in Workington.

Two drop in sessions, which are open to everyone, will be held at the Carnegie Theatre in Workington on Tuesday May 16th between 1-3pm and 5-7pm.

The event is a step towards better joint understanding and joint development of the coproduction agreed by members of NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Governing Body in March when they considered decisions about the Healthcare For The Future consultation.

For more information please contact NHS North Cumbria CCG on 01768 245490.


Recognising our amazing people

On Tuesday 25th April, some of our fantastic staff were invited along to a small event at the Cumbria Rural Enterprise Business Centre to celebrate the achievements of our Listening into Action teams and our recognition award winners.

The Amazing People Recognition Awards give staff at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) the opportunity to nominate colleagues who they feel deserve to be recognised for going above and beyond.

The winners have been announced and can be viewed on Staffweb. You can also view the full video.

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week, and is a great opportunity to celebrate the developments and initiatives that are happening within mental health services in Cumbria.  

Here are some of the developments which are currently underway and evidence innovative good practice leading to clear quality and economic improvements:

  • A pilot programme has been introduced to stop people in mental health crisis spending hours in a police cell or in A&E while waiting for mental health services. The Multi Agency Crisis Assessment Service (MACAS) is a joint initiative between the county’s health and social care providers and Cumbria constabulary, and aims to ensure access to the right care, in the right place at the right time. Find out more here.   
  • The Memory and Later Life Team have piloted Virtual Dementia Clinics to improve diagnosis rates– an initiative which has been recognized nationally at the Dementia Quality Improvement Awards. Find out more here.
  • The Admission pathway on the Acute Inpatient Wards has been restructured, leading to reduced length of stay and reduced out of area bed use.
  • The Community Mental Health Assessment and Recovery Team have developed their innovative group therapy treatment for service users with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder.

Service users on older adult wards now have improved access to physical healthcare following the appointment of a Liaison Physician within the mental health team.

Lindsay takes Cumbrian skills to Burma

A speech and language therapist from Cumbria has recently returned from a trip to Burma where she has been training local therapists. Lindsay King, who works with CPFT’s Acquired Brain Injury team, spent three months volunteering in Myanmar (previously known as Burma).

She was involved in teaching local physiotherapists about communication and swallowing problems in adults with neurological conditions such as a stroke or epilepsy. Currently, there is no training programme for Speech and Language Therapy in the area, with only a handful of overseas therapists working in Myanmar. It remains under Military control, with many areas of the country closed to tourists. However, in recent years the country has become increasingly accessible and the people of Myanmar enthusiastically embrace visitors from overseas.

Lindsay said: “I spent some time at the Eden Centre, a school for children with physical and learning difficulties. In 2015, legislation changed to entitle all school aged children to an education. The school was a special and joyful place where the children expressed their delight at finally having a school to call their own in which to play, learn and make friends.”

Lindsay also visited the Royal Asia Hospital, where a newly created Neurology team were desperately trying to set up a stroke service for in-patients, against the challenge of very limited funds.

Read the full story about Lindsay’s trip to Burma.

Fundraising for Acorn Unit

Patients on Acorn Unit in Carleton Clinic, Carlisle, are able to enjoy outdoor activities from the £600 fund raising efforts from their health care staff.

Bernadette Mallinson, Health Care Assistant on Acorn Unit, is passionate about the health and wellbeing of the patients and goes one step further to raise funds, organising events to support them in their rehabilitation.

She explained “I have focussed on the theme of healthy mind, health body and how small changes in food choices can make a big difference. I have been working on healthy options, good quality, colourful and nutritious food to help the patients gain cooking skills for the future.”

Her next challenge was a 50 mile walk over three days, starting in Keswick and ending in Gilsland. On the third day the walkers were in fancy dress to coincide with Halloween. Bernadette was supported by friends and colleagues along the way for which she was very grateful.

Read more about the fundraising on Acorn Unit.

Dr John Howarth recognised at International Conference

The Trust’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Service Improvement, Dr John Howarth has been named as a runner up at the International Conference on Integrated Care Citizen.

Dr Howarth and Kay Worsley-Cox from NHS North West Leadership Academy took to the stage to present about all the community led integration work in Millom which resulted in achieving the overall runner up conference prize for best conference paper and presentation.

The event, held in Dublin, attracted over 1200 attendees from over 60 countries and there was over 700 conference papers and presentations submitted.

Raising awareness of breastfeeding benefits

Specialist Health Visitor Breastfeeding Leads Fiona Sim and Diane Clark have been promoting breastfeeding at two baby shower events organised by Cumbria County Council.

Fiona and Diane went along to Workington and Millom libraries to speak about the importance of breastfeeding to expectant and new mums. They explained the benefits of breastfeeding including; reducing the risk of allergies, obesity and diabetes in babies and reducing the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer in mothers.

Fiona said “It was great to speak about the benefits of breastfeeding with the mums and expectant mums. The day was really successful in promoting breastfeeding and building relationships with those who attended”.

See what happened at the Health and Wellbeing MOT event

The latest health and wellbeing MOT event took place on Friday 28th April 2017 in Whitehaven Library. NHS services and third sector providers joined forces to provide advice and information about specific health problems as well as give free health and fitness checks.

You can watch a video of someone who had a functional fitness test, see all the photos from the day and read the press release by visiting the MOT news story on the CPFT website. 

Festival of Learning 2017

The Festival of Learning 2017 launched last Friday and is running throughout May and June to celebrate learning and development. At the launch, 27 pledges were completed, 15 staff signed up for the 6 book challenge and 3 staff completed mid-career reviews.

Here are just some of the other events coming up:

  • The 6 book challenge is starting again – find out more here.
  • A fun drop in session at Carleton Clinic to celebrate Nurses Day on the 12th May
  • RCN Social Media sessions, 12th May 10am-12noon and 1-3pm in the Learning Lounge, Carleton Clinic – to book email
  • Look out for upcoming drop in visits across the county to learn more about the festival of Learning and make your learning pledge
  • For mid career reviews, check out the events timetable on the Staffweb.

You can find out more on our Staffweb Intranet page, which includes details of upcoming events and staff learning journeys.  

Listening into Action Wave 4 Celebration Event

Last week the Trust hosted a celebration event to hear all about the Wave 4 Listening into Action (LiA) projects that have completed their 20 week schemes. The individuals and teams who have been working on ways to improve different services at CPFT presented their findings and experiences at the event. All of the schemes were inspirational and demonstrated how much can be achieved using the LiA approach.

Lynn Marsland, Director of Workforce & OD said:

“It was a motivating and humbling occasion – what great people we have in the Trust! Hearing the outcomes of our wave 4 LiA schemes and launch of wave 5 enabled us to appreciate even further all the amazing work taking place right across the Trust to improve our services and the health of our public. Thanks to everyone involved.”

For more information on the schemes that were presented at the event, read our detailed summary. If you are interested in taking part in an LiA scheme contact the Continuous Service Improvement Team.

Purdah guidance for NHS staff

Following the agreement of the House of Commons to hold an early election on Thursday 8 June 2017, it has been confirmed that the pre-election period (known as Purdah) has started from Saturday 22 April 2017.

Purdah is specifically the time between an announced election and the final election results. As an apolitical body, it is vital that the NHS does not do anything which could be considered politically controversial or influential, which could compete for public attention or which could be identified with a party or candidate. 

In order to ensure that political and/or media interests do not disrupt the delivery of NHS services and that there is an equitable approach during the election campaign, NHS organisations in West, North and East Cumbria will not facilitate candidate visits to, or photo opportunities, to any NHS sites across our organisations.  This will extend to South Cumbria for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Obviously NHS staff will have their own political views and NHS staff are entitled to play their part in the democratic process just like any other citizen. We would ask that staff are mindful of their duty of care and professional codes of conduct when engaging in activity. NHS staff have a professional duty to maintain public confidence in the NHS and not to cause unnecessary or inappropriate public fear, distress or alarm about local services. 

If you have any questions about the pre-election period, please contact Kath Hughes, Head of Engagement & Communications.

Bay Health & Care Partners update

The latest Better Care Together weekly update includes a closer look at the Barrow locals taking control of their wellbeing.

The monthly update explains how Millom is on a mission to become the country’s first autism friendly community.

Now recruiting – project managers

The BCT team are recruiting for Project Managers to support the ongoing development of ICCs - find out more and apply.

For more BCT vacancies, check out the recruitment hub

Return to Cumbria for university's new deputy vice chancellor

An academic, who spent time working as an NHS nurse in Cumbria, is to return to the county, as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of the University of Cumbria.

Professor Patricia Livsey joins from Plymouth University where she is currently Dean in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences and as a graduate of Lancaster University knows the north west region well.

Her new role will see her take responsibility for the academic portfolio of the university including the delivery and quality of programmes and the teaching and learning experience enjoyed by students. Read the full story about UoC’s new Deputy Vice Chancellor here.


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Training | Development | Support Opportunities

Workforce Update

ePay Go Live Monday 19th June 2017

We are pleased to inform you that the ePay implementation is well underway!  We have been busy planning and scheduling training which include live webinars and face to face sessions.

Training will be available for both Approvers and Claimants throughout May and June.  Please see our dedicated ePay intranet page for training dates and more information.

ePay Training Webinars

Information on how to attend the ePay Training Webinars has now been released on our dedicated ePay intranet page. Please click here for more information.

We encourage you to book on to these webinars as soon as possible to ensure your place.

Timesheet and Expenses Deadline Dates Change

Due to the implementation of a new e-timesheet system, the deadline dates have been reviewed/extended for expenses and timesheets. From May 1st 2017 the deadline for authorisation is the 10th of each month.  Please note: deadlines for employment forms remain the same. Click here to view the new dates.

Please Click HERE to see our weekly updates page

JOIN Our Amazing People

Network Manager - Learning/Intellectual Disabilities Service

Tim Evans is looking to appoint an experienced and forward thinking Senior Manager to lead the Trusts Intellectual Disabilities service and, in conjunction with the Clinical Director, ensure local services benefit from the opportunities of the LD transforming Care agenda. This is a fantastic career development opportunity for someone who can drive forward the development of the service. To express an interest in the Network Manager post please submit your current CV along with a covering letter to Maria Stevens by Thursday 11th May 2017. The job description is attached but you are also welcome to discuss any further details about the post with Tim Evans.
Interviews for all three posts will be arranged for week commencing 22nd May 2017.

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

Share this link with your family & friends on social media & spread the word.

Higher Apprenticeship available from September

Assistant Practitioner (AP) role

If you are interested in developing the AP role within your team/service for either existing staff or as a new training role, please complete an ‘Expression of Interest’ form by 5pm Friday 12th May 2017. Available from the Apprenticeship Webpage.  

GREAT Teams Great Care

Clinical Audit Workshops

Are you considering starting a clinical audit to improve quality in your area of care?

The Clinical Effectiveness and Audit Team are launching Summer Clinical Audit Workshops to assist clinicians across the county.

These workshops are for staff who will be undertaking a clinical audit in the near future and will cover all you need to know, from selecting the topic, registering in our Trust systems, the stages of the clinical audit cycle, report writing, action setting and sign off. For more information, including how to book please see here.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Fear of Cancer Recurrence Training

4- 5 July 2017, Newton Rigg, Penrith

Fear of Recurrence is one of the most frequently reported patient concerns; with increasing recognition of its impact on quality of life.

This training is aimed at health professionals who:

1. Have previously completed the 6 day CBT training (‘CBT First Aider Course’)

2. Are working with patients who have had a diagnosis of cancer or patients with other progressive diseases, e.g. MS, Heart failure.

For more information and details on how to book, please view the Fear of Recurrence training leaflet.

Central Alerting System (CAS) Alerts Management Training

How to manage and distribute CAS alerts via Ulysses

Face to face training

  • 14th June – 10am Voreda Boardroom, Penrith
  • 21st June  - 10.30am Voreda Room 4

Webinar Training

  • 8th June 10am
  • 28th June 10am
  • 5th July 10am

For more information please email the Incident Team.

GROW Your shared know how

Basic Risk Assessment Training

Dates, times and locations can be found here. To book on to the courses contact the Training Team on

Think Apprentice

Apprenticeship funding available for all staff

Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of subjects which are suitable for all existing employees and for those how are interest in employing apprentices as a new recruit.  Both they routes will lead enable the Trust the ‘grow our own’ staff for the future.

To find out more about Apprenticeships you can visit the Apprentice webpage, or for further information and advice email

LEAD Our Amazing People

Calling all Mentors & Managers!

There has been a significant drop in compliance for Mentor updates and Triennial review & the Trust is now not compliant with NMC standards which is a risk for the Trust. There are 1 ½ hour Mentor update sessions available, dates and locations can be accessed on the PEF Intranet pages. Bespoke Mentor Updates for your team can also be arranged by contacting Please can managers facilitate staff attendance.

People Management Programme 2017/2018

Due to popular demand the next round of the People Management Programme is up and running.  Dates are now available on the intranet.  Simply follow this link:  People Management Programme 2017/2018. To request an application form to book a place e-mail

Appraisal window is open

This year’s appraisal window is now open.  Last year 74% of staff received a values based appraisal. This year we want everybody to receive an appraisal. 

Click here to find the resources that will help you to have a really meaningful conversation and to find dates for Coaching Conversations for Appraisal training.


Afternoon tea for Stroke Awareness

Thursday 25th May, WCH, 10am-4pm

As part of Stroke Awareness Month, the West Cumbria Speech and Language Therapy Adult Team are holding an event at West Cumberland Hospital (old main entrance).

The event will be held on Thursday the 25th May from 10am -4pm. During the day there will be information stands, the SLT team will be eating a modified lunch and are hosting a “special” afternoon tea at 2.30pm. There will also be “mocktails” (non-alcoholic cocktails) available throughout the day.

Cumbria TB Conference

Thursday 15th June, Penrith Rugby Club, 9am-3.30pm

All health professionals are invited to attend a conference to discuss Tuberculosis on 15th June at Penrith Rugby Club. Tickets cost £15, to book your place please email

Big Nursing Conversation Workshops

Carlisle in May, Wigton in June & Kendal in July

As you will already be aware a series of Big Nursing Conversation Workshops is scheduled to take place from now until July, follow link for details. The main focus of discussion will be to seek your opinion and consider what the core clinical skills framework for nurses should look like, so come along and have your say.

NHS Libraries drop-ins

Cumbria NHS Libraries invite you to drop-in and talk to us.

Are you looking for:

  • Quiet space to learn?
  • Somewhere to do your e-learning?
  • Top tips on searching Google more effectively?
  • Ways to improve your wellbeing?
  • Access to learning in your workplace?

We want to help you with these and more so drop-in, see below, or contact us any time

West Cumberland Hospital – Fridays 12th May or 9th June, 10am-2pm
Cumberland Infirmary – Friday 23rd June, 10am-2pm
Carleton Clinic Learning Space – Wednesday 24th May or 21st June, 10am-2pm.

UHMBT Dementia roadshows

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) are holding public roadshows to raise awareness of Dementia and to support National Dementia Awareness Week.

The roadshows will be held on:

  • Monday 15 May, in the Main Entrance of Royal Lancaster Infirmary’s Centenary Building, from 1pm-3pm
  • Tuesday 16 May 2017, in the main entrance of Westmorland General Hospital from 1pm-3pm.

A Dementia Afternoon tea will also be held on Thursday 18th May in the dining room at Furness General Hospital from 1pm-3pm. All funds raised will be shared with our wards at FGH supporting people with dementia.

All events will provide tea and cake, refreshments and music by Radio Lonsdale.

Staff Information

Fake emails being received

It has come to the attention of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that emails are being received that falsely claim to be from the CPS.

The emails suggest the recipient is guilty of a traffic violation and includes a link to a address where it is claimed a fine should be paid.

CPS do not collect fine payments and therefore these emails are fake.

If you or anyone you know receives one of these emails, please do not follow the link and delete the email.

No-one knows what the future holds

Specialist Palliative care teams across Cumbria are aiming to demystify death and dying during Dying Matters Awareness Week 8-14th May.

Aiming to get people more active in planning for dying and death and helping support those who may need it in times of grief and bereavement, be they friends, family and in your wider community.

We are asking for teams to spend 15 minutes together, have a coffee and talk about what is important to them and their families.  Have you made your will? Have you thought about your funeral? Have you considered organ donation? Are your finances in order? Have you let your loved ones know your wishes?  

We would love to hear how your conversations have gone. Please contact Jayne Denney.  

Do you display any leaflets?

The Communications team has a number of clear plastic stands that display A5 leaflets and are free to a good home! If you would like any, please just email

Cumberland Infirmary Parking Permits

The process to renew parking permits at CIC is continuing. Staff will need to bring their Trust ID and payslip to collect a new permit, there is no need to bring the old permit as this will need to remain in your car.

Your current blue permit will remain valid until further notice. However, when you receive your red permit please start using it immediately. 

This does not apply to people with pink temporary permits or if you already have a new red permit. For members of staff who have a white permit, it is necessary to display both permits.

You can collect your permit from the Main Atrium, near the MacMillan stand at the front door of CIC on selected dates throughout May. For a full list of the dates and times permits can be collected, and if you have any queries please contact

Keswick GP surgeries to merge

Castlehead Medical Centre and Bank Street Surgery in Keswick will be merging together at the end of April.

The Bank Street Surgery premises will close on the 28th April and all patients will transfer across to Castlehead Medical Centre.

Any correspondence relating to Bank Street Surgery patients should be forwarded to Castlehead Medical Centre from the 28th April.

If you have any queries please call Castlehead Medical Centre on 017687 72025.

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.


Staff Announcements and Stories

Hats for Headway Day

Hats for Headway Day takes place on Friday 12th May 2017 (as part of Action for Brain Injury week) and is a simple and fun way to raise money for brain injury survivors around the UK.

Yvonne Adams, Case Manager with the Acquired Brain Injury Rehab team, is encouraging staff across Cumbria to get involved by wearing  a silly hat and post the photos on social media.

Headway are also offering the chance to win a Nescafe coffee machine and free advertising in the Headway News by using #HatsForHeadway in the posts.

To easily donate, text 'HEAD01 £1' to 70070 to make your Hats For Headway donation.

Mad Hatters Tea Party

The Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) North team will be holding a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on 9th May at 12 noon in the Ground Floor Meeting Room, Cedarwood, Carleton Clinic.

Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits will be provided, the team only ask for a donation of £2.

Party raises over £1000 for Parkinson’s UK

Becca Fairclough, who works for Morecambe Bay Health Community Informatics, raised over £1000 for Parkinson’s UK by hosting a ‘Party for Parkinson’s’ on Friday 28th April 2017. Becca has been fundraising for Parkinson’s UK since her Dads diagnosis with the condition on Christmas Eve 2014.

The event was held at Ulverston Sports Club and attracted around 100 people. Music was performed by Chrissie Bentley’s workshop; The Bluegrass Project; The Degenerate Art Show; and The Next Stop.

Becca said “I am thrilled with how much money we have raised for Parkinson’s UK. I would like to thank those who have helped me organise and advertise the gig, including my parents Ali and Steve.”

The JustGiving page is still active for those who would like to make further contributions.

NHS Discounts

Health Service Discounts have updated their A- Z list of NHS discounts for staff and members. 

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