Partnership News 24th May 2017

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Wednesday 24th May 2017

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Top Stories

Maintaining security and vigilance following terror attack

As you will be aware the tragic event in Manchester this week has been shocking and has been condemned around the globe. If you have been affected by the attack there is support available to you - please speak to your line manager or HR.

The threat to the UK from international terrorism has now been increased to CRITICAL. This means that an attack could be imminent. We urge staff and patients to be alert but not alarmed.

There is currently nothing to suggest Cumbria as a target however it is vital that any suspicious behaviour or activity is reported to the police to the police, in confidence on 0800 789 321 or or in an emergency call 999.

Business continuity plans have recently been very well tested across the health system and staff should have confidence in our preparedness.

Please can all staff remain extra vigilant, particularly regarding the security of Trust premises. Please work together to ensure the following actions are being implemented wherever you are working across the Trust.      


  • Do not let anyone follow you into any staff-only areas at NHS sites.
  • Wear your ID badge in a prominent position on your uniform/clothing.
  • Ensure doors and windows are closed when you leave your place of work, being particularly vigilant during warmer weather.
  • Do not prop open front doors, access doors or any fire doors.
  • Make a note of any registration numbers of suspicious vehicles and inform the police immediately.

Please also refer to the Trusts Incident Response Plan

Remember: Trust your instincts – they are normally correct, and security is everyone’s business.


Norovirus in Cumbria

Norovirus is circulating in the county and a number of our inpatient wards and partner organisations have been affected. Please take extra care and ensure you are familiar with the Infection Prevention policies. We are sharing messages on social media encouraging the public to stay away from hospitals if they have been unwell – please help us by sharing these posts. 

Chair vacancy

The position of Chair of the Trust is currently being advertised. Our current Chair, Mike Taylor’s term of office has come to an end after a period of six years. The Trust’s Governors Nomination Committee is leading the process to find a suitable replacement. This is an exciting 2 - 4 year opportunity for someone to help lead and guide the Trust through a period of change. The vacancy is on NHS Jobs site and can be found here .

Celebrating Dementia awareness week

Last week was dementia awareness week and across the county our teams were out and about raising awareness and sharing their stories including:

A carers story: A wife shares the story of how she cares for her husband.

A balloon release, working with GPs and community working

How the memory matters team are working with GPs to raise awareness

Picture to the left: Setting tasks to experience what it is like for a person living with Dementia

All events were shared across social media and on Twitter our posts were viewed more than 6000 times with 71 likes and 53 re tweets.
On Facebook the dementia awareness posts had nearly 13,000 views and 90 likes.

International Clinical Trials Day celebrations

The CPFT Research & Development department has recently celebrated the positive impact research has on NHS services and more importantly, people's lives. Visit “I Am Research” to find out more.

Every year, more than half a million people help the NHS improve healthcare and develop life-saving treatments by taking part in health research. This research drives new and better therapies and there are many ways you can get involved: Take part in studies on the UK Clinical Trials Gateway, become a Patient Research Ambassadorget involved in prioritising research questions, advise researchers on improving patient experiencessign-up for research updates, or simply talk about research.

If you would like to know more about research within CPFT, please contact the Research & Development department on, 01228 603145 or follow us on Twitter @CPFTNHSResearch.

Staff asked to support homecare recruitment campaign

This week sees the launch of a new campaign in Cumbria to recruit homecare support workers. Called ‘Proud to Care Cumbria’ the campaign is led by Cumbria County Council and brings together the council’s nine contracted homecare provider organisations to promote the career opportunities available in homecare.

With increasing demand from people requiring care in their own home it is vitally important that there are sufficient staff to ensure that people’s needs are met. It’s an issue that affects the whole health and social care system and the council is asking NHS staff to help spread the message and encourage people to apply.

Staff can show their support online by following  and and sharing posts.

To find out more and see current job vacancies visit 

Barrow school children given life-saving training

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with the North West Ambulance Service to deliver emergency first aid training to children in the Barrow area.

The training, known as Heartstart, develops CPR and emergency response skills including the use of a defibrillator which could help save lives. Almost 70 year six pupils from two Barrow primary schools, Greengate Junior School and St George’s School, attended the training and learned what to do if someone is choking, bleeding, suffers a heart attack or is unconscious. Read more here.

Festival of Learning 2017

We have gathered lots of staff pledges so far from across the county. Your pledge can be anything – it can be work related or about something you’ve always wanted to try in your spare time. It can be earning a formal qualification, or trying a new sport or hobby. Learning can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing, increasing confidence and building resilience. Plus you can join in online by tweeting @CPFTNHS #CPFTLoveToLearn.

Here are just some of the events coming up:

  • Interview Skills session – Delivered by Inspira for those who want to brush up on their interview skills, tips, preparation and practice. 
  • Digital skills training – Delivered by Cumbria county council for those who like to grow their business, expand their career prospects, or just give themselves a confidence boost in the digital world 
  • RCN Social Media sessions, Thursday 22nd June 10am-12noon and 1-3pm in the Meeting room Garburn house – to book email – This workshop is an awareness of the importance of using social media in a safe manner.
  • For Mid-Career reviews, 1-1’s available, Friday 26th May (Bands1-4 only) at Ulverston and Wednesday 21st June at Upper rowanwood (Bands1-4 only). However if you are not free on the selected dates please email and she will add you to an expression of interest form.

There are lots more events happening across the Trust, The 6 book challenge has started and we have had lots of staff sign up to do the challenge – find out more here.

Please view our staff web page for the FOL timetable and further information.

As part of the Festival of Learning Cumbria NHS Libraries are inviting you to drop-in and talk to them..

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.

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

Bay Health & Care Partners update

To find out what Bay Health & Care Partners have been getting up to, read the lastest weekly update.


NHS general election manifestos

Ahead of the general election on 8 June the Conservatives, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats have this week published their manifestos, outlining their commitments and spending plans for the next parliament.

You can read the briefing which provides details of the health and social care commitments made by each of these parties and the setting out of NHS Providers views on each party’s package of pledges.

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

Workforce Update

Please Click HERE to see our weekly updates page

JOIN Our Amazing People

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.

GREAT Teams Great Care

Our Great Teams Great Care staff engagement survey is now live for this quarter.  It’s time to have your say…….

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 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. Don’t miss the email – the address to look for is To find out more contact the organisational development team.

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.

GROW Your shared know how

CPD Funding from Health Education North West (HENW) is being discontinued

Unfortunately from April 2017, CPD funding from HENW will discontinue (except for mentorship and non-medical prescribing modules). Work is underway to identify the essential skills required by the workforce to ensure they are competent in their role and to identify the resources required for training & development.

Please see the Education & Learning webpage for links to free & local training available including free resources from the Nursing Times which the Trust has subscribed to.

Please email  with expressions of interest for Mentoring (MSLAP) both credit bearing and non-credit bearing & Non-medical Prescribing modules.

Basic Risk Assessment Training

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

Key Clinical Skills Course – enrolment priority

Clinical staff are advised of a change to enrolment on the Infection Prevention Team’s Key Clinical Skills one day courses.

Priority for places on these courses is now being given to District Nursing staff until the end of 2017.  If you fall outside of this staff group and need to undertake training in this subject, please contact the Infection Prevention Team.

Conflict Resolution Courses

June will see the introduction across the Trust of a brand new training course aimed at all front line staff who have face to face and telephone contact with the public, and who do not undertake PMVA training.  One of the 11 mandatory Core Skills Training Framework subjects, Conflict Resolution is a classroom based, half day course aimed at tacking violence against staff and forms part of a range of measures to make the NHS a safer place to work.

The Local Safety & Security Officers, Pauline Muir and Grant Donaldson, have been working closely with the Statutory and Mandatory Training Team and Care Groups over the last few months to identify those staff members who need to undertake this important training. The first course dates to be released can be found here and staff who are required to do this course will see the Conflict Resolution competency appear in their Learning Letters shortly.

MUST Screening & Enteral Feeding training

‘It has been estimated that malnutrition affects over 3 million people in the UK.  Most of those affected are living in the community, about 93%’ (BAPEN 2011). Enteral tube feeding is also increasing with a significant rise seen in West Cumberland over the past 5-10 years.

If you want MUST training in the NORTH, please contact Nicola Storey who will arrange bespoke sessions for teams.

Emergency First Aid at Work Training

Cumbria CVS have organised another session of Emergency First Aid at Work training.

Thursday 22 June 2017

9.30am – 4.30pm

Shaddongate Resource Centre, Carlisle, CA2 5TY

Early-Bird booking (before 8th June)

  • £65 CVS members (£85 thereafter)
  • £85 Non-members (£110 thereafter)

This Level 2 approved course is designed for individuals who wish to act as an emergency first aider in their workplace or anyone requiring a comprehensive one day first aid course. It will equip individuals with essential skills needed to give safe, prompt and effective first aid in emergency situations. Certification is valid for three years. All details, including how to book, can be found on the CVS website.

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

Incident, Risk & Alert Training Sessions

The Risk Management Team has arranged a number of training sessions to ensure staff are confident using Ulysses Safeguard to manage incidents, risk and alerts. 

Many of these training sessions will be delivered via a webinar. Therefore, attendees will require a computer with access to the internet and access to a telephone to dial into the session.

If you would like to book onto one of our sessions please visit the Risk Management Team’s intranet site.

If you require any further details please contact the Training Team:

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

Have You Got Your Appraisal Booked?

Supporting our amazing people to deliver great care…..     

We know that if we get it right with our staff, we get it right with our patients, which is why we want to support you and your teams to be the best you can be.

With your appraisal in mind, you might want to consider the following options for your personal development plan.

What’s out there for you right now?


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

Factitious Illness teaching event

Wednesday 21st June 2017, Penrith Methodist Church, 9am – 12.30pm

The programme for the morning will be case based discussions on how to identify Fabrication of illness / Factitious illness in adults and children in a variety of settings: General Practice, A&E, and in General Psychiatry.

Patients, for a variety of reasons, don’t always tell the truth!  The need for multiagency meetings to piece together the jigsaw including the need for adult safeguarding involvement, and some dos and don’ts will be covered.

The programme is based on complex case discussions which have been occurring in safeguarding adults over the last year; and on the wisdom of Heather McFarlane (formally of CPFT) who designed the national FII training for children. 

There will be a multiagency team present to support the case discussions and answer any questions.

For more information and to book please contact with your name, job title and base.

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.

Armed Forces Day

As part of Armed Forces Day on 1st June 2017, there will be an evening with Simon Weston held at the Old Fire Station in Carlisle from 7.30pm.

Simon Weston CBE is a veteran of the British Army who has become known for his recovery and charity work after suffering severe burn injuries during the Falklands War.

Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased here: An evening with Simon Weston tickets.

Falls Prevention Summit 2017

The national falls summit focuses on reducing inpatient falls and harm from inpatient falls through national updates, practical case studies and learning from the national audit of inpatient falls. This event, being held on 7th July in London, will help delegates to understand the national context and current evidence on inpatient falls as well as learn from trusts who have developed multifaceted inpatient falls prevention programmes that work. Valerie Provan, NMP Lead at CPFT will also be speaking at the event. NHS staff can get a 20% discount which can be claimed by quoting ref: hcuk20spkr. For more information and to book, please visit the Falls Summit webpage.

Staff Information

Just two weeks left to collect your CIC new parking permit

From Thursday 1 June, all staff working at the CIC must display their red parking permit. Blue permits expire on Wednesday 31 May. If you have not already done so, you can collect your permit from the main atrium on a number of days in May. Please contact for the timetable.

You will need to bring your Trust ID and payslip to collect your permit, there is no need to bring your old permit as this will need to remain in your car.
If you need to collect your permit after Wednesday 31 May, you can collect it from Nicola Little at the Henry Barnes Suite, contact Nicola at You can park in the 20 minute drop off zone when you come to collect your permit. 

  • This does not apply to people with pink temporary permits or if you already have a new red permit.
  • For those members of staff who have a white permit, it is necessary to display both permits.
  • Managers – please consider your staff on long term sick leave or on maternity leave when they return to work.
  • If you are on the waiting list for a parking permit these are available to collect from Interserve House (opposite the ambulance station) between 9am and 4pm. 

Trust Policy Updated August 2016 to May 2017 & help for reviewers

The Trust’s policies and procedures relate to all aspects including its operation, staff and services provided to patients.  They are regularly reviewed to ensure that they stay up-to-date with current good practice and legislation.

Please see here for a list of the policy documents that have recently been updated from January to April 2017 which includes the key changes to the policy. The Bomb Threat Policy is now only available on the Corporate Governance Staff Web. page.

NB: You can access all approved Trust policy documents on the StaffWeb homepage under Quick Links.

To help those involved in the review of documents, we’ve put together a short flowchart and notes to explain the main steps which can be found on the Corporate Governance StaffWeb page under Top Tasks here along with the Procedure for the Review, Consultation and Approval, Policy Updates and the Draft Checklist.

The draft Checklist is being trialled for the review of clinical policies, before being a requirement for all policies.  However, we would encourage all reviewers to use the Checklist. This helps to capture the consultation that has taken place and key changes, that will assist governance groups to approve the document changes.

If you are unsure of the process to follow in any of the policies, you should speak initially to your line manager.  For more general queries about the review process, contact us using the email.

Corporate Governance Team

Trusts Complimentary Therapy Policy

A small working group is reviewing the Trusts Complimentary Therapy Policy and are looking for anyone who uses the following therapies within their practice to help with the review process.

  • Therapeutic massage
  • Reflexology
  • Indian Head massage
  • Auricular Acupuncture
  • Acu stimulation

The policy is being submitted to the Policy group on 1st of June therefore please contact either Jayne Denney 07909524266  or Valerie Provan  07788593092  prior to this.

Transporting Health Records 

Electronic Proof of Delivery system (PODFather) is replacing paper Proof of Delivery within Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust (CPFT).

As of Wednesday 24th May all CPFT staff must log the transportation of red bags (containing health records) between all CPFT sites on the PODFather system. 

PODFather guidance is available here, team log in details have already been sent out to individual teams.   

If you have any queries contact Health Records for more info 01228 603133 or

Fax machine questionnaire

eHealth need to assess the risk of using fax as a means of communication, to do this we need your help to find out more about how fax is used throughout the Trust.

Over the next few weeks the IT Department will be sending a brief questionnaire to each fax machine in the Trust. When you receive this fax please complete the questionnaire and return by fax, to; 01768 245 923.

It is important we receive a response to the questionnaire as we need to identify all the actively used fax machines throughout the Trust. If you cannot complete the questionnaire please pass on to your line manager or business manager for completion. If we do not receive a reply to the questionnaire by June 2nd we will assume the fax line is not used and it will be removed from service.

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.

Please see NHS Employers Do’s & Don’ts for the NHS in local and general elections.

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

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

Community Learning Disability team walk for charity

The Community Learning Disability team-South would like to congratulate Robin Gregory on completed the Keswick to Barrow Walk and Rebecca Reid on completing the Coniston to Barrow walk  on Saturday 6th May 2016. Funds were raised for St Mary's Hospice in Ulverston and Narcolepsy UK respectively.


NHS Discounts

If you’ve been thinking about taking up running then now is the perfect time to do it.

Take a look at Health Service Discounts’ new blog post - ‘A Non-Runners Guide to Get into Running’ – which has some great tips to help get you started, along with some handy NHS discounts to save you money on sports gear.

Don’t forget, it’s free to join and free to use their discounts. You can sign up here and start using their offers straight away.

Win Alton Tower Tickets!

Health Service Discounts are giving away five pairs of Alton Towers tickets exclusively to NHS staff in a new competition.

The lucky winners will gain free access to the UK's favourite Theme Park resort and enjoy a fun-filled day of excitement on amazing rides and attractions.To enter, go to the Alton Towers Tickets Competition page.

You can also get bonus entries by sharing the competition with your NHS friends on social media or email. You will be awarded one additional entry for every person who enters the competition using your link, giving you more chance to win your tickets. Competition ends 7/6/17, don’t miss out! 

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