Partnership News 4th May 2017

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Thursday 4th 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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Festival of Learning 2017

The Festival of Learning 2017 will be launched on Friday 5th May at the Learning Lounge, Carleton Clinic from 10am-3pm. Pop in to meet some of our external partners and find out more about how you can get involved in the Festival, which runs throughout May and June and celebrates learning and development.

Here are just some of the events coming up:

  • 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 dates of the drop in sessions and more events happening across the Trust, please visit our new Festival of Learning webpage.

Thinking about learning or trying something new? Let us know! There will be a ‘Staff Pledge Wall’ available at Carleton Clinic and Voreda, plus you can join in with the fun online by tweeting @CPFTNHS with your pledge and #CPFTLoveToLearn. 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. 

Listening Event to develop coproduction around maternity and paediatric services

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.

Full details of the maternity and paediatric services listening event on the North Cumbria CCG Website

Listening into Action Wave 4 Celebration Event

LiALast 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.

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

The vision of #endPJparalysis is to enable hospitalised patients to get up, dressed and moving to prevent deconditioning. It has grown into a national movement and we’re teaming up with NCUH to launch this campaign in Cumbria. It is not a target-driven project, there are no KPIs  – staff should use their professional judgement to do the right thing for their patients which is key to its success. It is not an attempt to free up beds – it is about providing high quality, safe patient care.

We’ll be doing lots over the coming weeks and encourage all staff to get involved. Find out how you can help us to #EndPJParalysis.

Donations made to Solway team for excellent care

Over £600 has been donated to the Solway Respiratory Team based in Wigton Community Hospital as a thank you for the outstanding, compassionate care they provide.

A late patient’s wife, Dee Turner, donated the money to show her appreciation for the excellent care her husband Edward received from the team.

Gail James, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Specialist Respiratory Nurse at Wigton Community Hospital, cared for Edward for over four years - See more on our website

General election – 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.

Relocation of CAMHS Tier 4 Beds in Lancashire/South Cumbria

There will now be more beds available for young people with mental health issues in Lancashire and Cumbria following a relocation of Lancashire Care NHS Trust’s inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Tier 4 Service into a single site.

Over the next couple of weeks, the service, which was previously split over two sites in Preston and Lancaster, will now be offered from a single location at The Cove in Morecambe (formerly known as Moss View). The change in the way the service is provided follows on from a review that the Trust carried out last year with NHS England which commissions CAMHS Tier 4.

The new facility will provide high quality specialised mental health support and contain 18 beds for young people aged 13 to 18. Working together with the young people who will use the facility, the premises have been renamed ‘The Cove’. Young people who are currently using the Trust’s inpatient facilities at the Junction, Lancaster, and the staff who care for them will move to The Cove on 3 May, while those at The Platform, Preston, will move on 11 May.

The move is in line with the recommendations of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and also the current guidance of NHS England that Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) should be co-located with other units and not be isolated.

If you have any comments, or would like more information about The Cove and the services provided there, please contact Safeera Ahmed on 07946515650 or email

Bay Health & Care Partners update

The April update is out now and includes more information on future plans as well as news from the past month.

The Bay Learning and Improvement Collaborative (BLIC) has been shortlisted for a national award – read more in the weekly update.


Help for Heroes volunteers learn about support for military veterans in Cumbria – with Cake!

Young Help for Heroes volunteers and college students raised hundreds of pounds and learned of the mental health support for veterans in Cumbria at a fundraising event in Penrith recently.

Nicky Lavery from the First Step service in the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) gave a talk to those who attended the Bake for Heroes event at Newton Rigg College. She explained the help available in Cumbria through the NHS for veterans and anyone serving in the armed forces. - See more on our website

Digital health pioneers making a difference

A pilot scheme which could reduce the number of elderly patients admitted to hospital is to be launched later this summer thanks to a collaboration between council staff, the NHS and the University of Cumbria.

Care home residents are often frail and evidence shows they’re sometimes admitted to hospital when they become ill despite the fact it’s often not the most appropriate place for them. Now ten care homes in Wirral have been chosen to pilot a scheme which will link care workers with clinicians using digital technology.

The so-called “tele-triage” scheme will make use of high definition iPads which will be issued to the homes.

“Instead of dialling 111 when a resident falls ill, trained staff will be able to contact a senior nurse at any time of day or night,” Boo Stone, transformation and commissioning lead for adult care services at Wirral council, said. “The iPad’s camera together with information provided by staff who’ll be trained to take blood pressure, oxygen saturation levels and temperature will enable the nurse to help diagnose and recommend treatment.”

The ability to reply on a single point of contact should speed up diagnosis and if the nurse needs another opinion, a facility will enable the opinion of other clinicians to be sought. Read the full press release about the ‘tele-triage’ scheme.

Health select committee publishes report on Brexit

The health select committee has published the report on its inquiry on Brexit and health and social care – people and process. The report, which focuses primarily on the implications of Brexit for the workforce and reciprocal healthcare arrangements, highlights the committee’s concern about the impact on morale of the “unwelcome” uncertainty around the future status of EU health and social care staff following the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The report also emphasises the importance of ensuring that health and social care providers can continue to retain and recruit the staff at all skill levels from around the world after Brexit. NHS Providers submitted written evidence,

Carlisle Carers Spring 2017 Newsletter

Carlisle Carers have produced a newsletter containing information about local events and fundraising opportunities. This edition also features a closer look at the Hadrian Unit in Carlisle and how they plan on improving their involvement with families and carers.

Disabled Living Newsletter

The latest Disabled Living Newsletter features tips for moving and handling training, job opportunities, research studies and product demonstrations. Click here to see the Disabled Living Newsletter.

Read this section each week for new:
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. 

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

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 (AP role) 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.  

Important - Please Note: although universities are advertising that the new Associate Nurse role & Apprenticeship Nurse degree will start this September or early 2018, the RCN & NMC are reporting that there is still a lot of work and alignment required with the new standards & the courses may not be completely ready for delivery until late 2018 which is very frustrating! 

Managers therefore should consider the role in the meantime to fill the gap & upskill the workforce while we wait for confirmation of the nursing developments. However it has to be a local decision as to what is right for individuals & services. We will keep you updated as soon as we have information.

Please contact for further information and advice

GREAT Teams Great Care

CLIC Training

The CLIC (Cumbria Learning Improvement Collaborative) website has a range of training opportunities for all staff – most of which are free.

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

Update your Key Clinical Skills

Training available -  details on the infection prevention staff web pages

Basic Risk Assessment Training

Please note this is not for Clinical risk assessments and does not cover how to put risk assessments on to the Ulysses system. Dates, times and locations can be found here. If you have any queries or questions on the course please contact the Health Safety & Security Officers - Grant Donaldson on 07774335972 or Pauline Muir on 07919411379. To book on to the courses contact the Training Team on

Local Training Opportunities

The CPFT Workforce & OD Intranet Site has many ‘Free and Local Training Opportunities’, you can also see the full list of training courses delivered by the Trust.

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

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.


World Hand Hygiene Awareness Day

It is World Hand Hygiene Awareness Day on Friday 5th May and to mark the occasion, the Trust’s Infection Prevention team will be visiting a number of departments and locations across Cumbria to highlight the importance of proper hand hygiene. Keep a look out for posters in your office!


Twilight Lecture with Dr John Howarth

Professor John Howarth is giving a twilight lecture on his work with MSF, an international humanitarian non-governmental organization best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries. The lecture will take place at UCLan’s Westlakes campus on Thursday 4th May, 5.30pm-6.30pm.

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 – Monday 8th May or Friday 23rd June, 10am-2pm
Carleton Clinic Learning Space – Wednesday 24th May or 21st June, 10am-2pm

Evaluation workshop of Morecambe Bay Vanguard

University of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus, 23rd May 2017

The second workshop as part of the local evaluation of Morecambe Bay’s Primary and Acute Care system vanguard (Better Care Together) is being held on Tuesday 23rd May 2017.

The workshop, titled “‘Whose Knowledge? What Evidence? Which Data?” will take place in the Alexandra Building, University of Cumbria Lancaster Campus, Bowerham Road, Lancaster, LA1 3JD.

The event is open to both clinical and non-clinical staff including consultants, GPs, case managers, community nurses, care navigators, support staff, local councillors and third sector representatives. We encourage a broad cross-section of staff from across Bay Health and Care Partners to participate.

These workshops form a key part of the evaluation of the Vanguard by providing a space for dialogue between the evaluation team and the work being done ‘on the ground’ that is shaping the Better Care Together (BCT) programme.Click here for more information about the workshop.

Time to Change Champions meetings

Cumbria has become the Time to Change Hub in the North West! 

We request your help in working with other Champions to influence, help plan and participate in local Time to Change activities.

Local Champions are invited to attend one of two open Champions meetings:

  • Thursday 11th May- 13.30-15.30

Carlisle and Eden Mind, 27 Spencer Street, Carlisle


  • Thursday 11th May- 17:45-19:15

The Sands Centre, Carlisle

To book a place please email either

NICE Annual Conference 2017

18-19th May 2017, Liverpool

The NICE Annual Conference will this year will discuss the challenges being faced by the health and care sector including the ways in which NICE and other key partner organisations can provide support, guidance and tools for high quality, integrated care. More information.

Mind Workshops

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (8th-15th May), Carlisle & Eden Mind are holding two 50-minute workshops on 9th May in Carlisle Civic Centre. The workshops will both be held in Committee Room C, with the first beginning at 12pm and the second at 1pm. For more information or to express your interest, please contact Linda Mattinson on 01228 817076.

Dementia Community Roadshow

The aim of the Dementia Roadshows organised by Alzheimer’s UK is to raise awareness of Dementia and of Alzheimer’s Society's services and give support to people who are, or know a loved one who is, living with dementia. Visit the Alzheimer’s UK website for more info.

Staff Information

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

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 has enthusiasm and passion to continue to drive forward the development of the service. I therefore invite you to formally express your interest in this post.

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 myself . Interviews will be arranged for week commencing 22nd May 2017.  

Information Governance 2016/17 Achievements

A huge thanks to all staff for their contribution and support in helping the Information Governance team reach a number of achievements for 2016/17. An infographic of these achievements can be viewed here.

Dying Matters Awareness Week (8th - 14th May)

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.  

Update to Staff Templates

Recent changes from NHS Identity mean that every NHS organisational now has new Corporate Branding Guidelines.

Therefore as a Trust we are required to update our logo in line with these changes; this will be a gradual process, although changes that can be made immediately will be.

You can see the difference in the logos here:

Previous Logo                                                                                   New Logo


In line with these changes all the trust templates, have been updated and can still be found on staff web.
Please continue to ensure you are downloading the new versions and saving your own copies.

Please return personal alarms to Hadrian Unit

Hadrian Unit at Carleton Clinic are having an amnesty on blicks, the personal alarms that all wards use on site. A number have gone missing as people have not handed them in on leaving the ward. If you have one in your possession then please return asap. They cost approximately £400 and it’s a safety issue if we haven’t enough for staff and visitors on the ward.

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

New Infant Feeding co-ordinator role

As part of the new commissioning of Health Visiting services in Cumbria, the Specialist Health Visitor Breastfeeding Lead roles held by Fiona Sim and Diane Clark have been made permanent for 3 days per week. The posts will now be known as Infant Feeding co-ordinators, with Diane continuing to cover South Cumbria and Fiona continuing to cover North Cumbria. They will both continue their roles as Health Visitors 2 days per week.

As part of their roles, Diane and Fiona will be working closely with three children’s centre providers to train staff throughout the county and progress towards UNICEF’s Baby Friendly accreditation.

As part of their role they will continue to work on the following:

  • Ensure all Children’s care group staff have relevant baby-friendly training
  • Support the development of a county wide breastfeeding strategy
  • Championing and facilitating joint working in relation to the Baby Friendly accreditation

Diane and Fiona wish to thank their colleagues, voluntary organisations and service users for their continued support. For further information, please contact Diane Clark on 07826531022 or Fiona Sim on 07717577107

Sarah Grundy running 1000 miles for Eden Valley Hospice

Sarah Grundy, Neuro Physiotherapist in Carlisle is planning to run 1000 miles in 2017 through a variety of events and challenges each month.  Including the colour run, Liverpool half marathon, Cumbrian run, Kielder Marathon and the Santa Dash and would be very grateful if you could support her and keep her motivated by raising much needed funds for the local hospice. The culmination of events will be the Keilder marathon in October and the Santa Dash.

Visit Sarah’s JustGiving page.


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.

It is in aid of Headway – a brain injury charity, who are launching their event Hats for Headway in support of Brain Injury Awareness Week.

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

Please see the poster for more details.

Raising money to cure Type 1 Diabetes

Mark Armstrong, Capital Projects Manager at CPFT, and his son Kane (pictured) will be cycling the length of the Outer Hebrides (180 miles) at the end of May to raise money for JDRF, a charity which aims to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Kane’s brother Lee is 18 and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 12, the same age as Kane is now.

Kane has set up a JustGiving page for the cause here:

Or you can donate by texting KANE99 followed by the amount i.e. £1, £2, £3 etc. to 70070.

Volunteer Receptionists needed in Kendal

Age UK South Lakeland are looking for volunteer receptionists to ideally work a regular weekly slot at the Gateway Centre in Kendal. For further information about the post, please contact Charlotte Robinson on 01539 728118.


Communications Colleagues complete skydive

Kiri Skelton, Rachel Benn and Marti Irving all from the communications teams all recently took part in a skydive for charity.

Kiri has so far raised over £800 for the Copeland branch of the MS society and Rachel raised more than £500 for the Lifeboats association. For Marti the skydive was the first of a series of challenges she is undertaking this year to raise money for the Eden Valley Hospice, the Teenage Cancer Trust and Heads Together.

To read their stories or donate to their causes please click on their names above.

NHS Discounts

6 NHS Discounts for your Spring wardrobe

Take a look at Health Service Discounts’ latest blog post which features six of their best fashion NHS discounts to help you save money.

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

NHS employee discount off a new Story Home 

NHS staff can qualify for up to a £6,000 price reduction across all Story Homes developments. To find out more see here.

Discount at the Park Leisure Centre

The Leisure Centre in Barrow has introduced special rates of membership for NHS staff, for more information please see here.

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.

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