NHS in Cumbria 70 special

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NHS 70 special edition Monday 2nd July 2018

On Thursday 5th July 2018, the National Health Service turns 70. This special edition of Partnership News features a round-up of all the NHS 70 activities and events taking place this week. If you are celebrating in your teams, don’t forget to send your photos to communications.helpdesk@cumbria.nhs.uk or tag us on Twitter @CPFTNHS or Facebook @CPNHSFT.

“The NHS has come a long way in the past 70 years, from the amazing advancements in medicine to the way that services are delivered. We know we need to continuously develop and adapt and this is a truly exciting time in Cumbria, with lots of developments being made for the better. The NHS’s anniversary is a celebration of each and every one of our staff who have played a part in making the NHS what it is today. I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all our staff.” 

Stephen Eames



Top Stories

Our special NHS 70 celebration edition of Trust Talk is out now!

Don’t miss our very special birthday edition of Trust Talk magazine, where we share stories from staff past and present, reflect on some key moments in the history of the NHS, and look to the future with the latest news about the health and care systems in Cumbria.

Please help us to share Trust Talk, either on social media, by emailing it to your friends and colleagues or displaying printed copies within your service.

We’d love to know what you think of Trust Talk – please email communications.helpdesk@cumbria.nhs.uk with any feedback to help us keep improving.


Moving Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for the NHS in Cumbria on its 70th Birthday

A special service featuring patients and frontline staff in the NHS was held at Carlisle Cathedral as part of events to mark its 70th birthday. The service demonstrated the diversity of the NHS with a procession representing the different roles, services and partner organisations which enable the NHS to provide care. Bishop James Newcome spoke of the many challenges facing the NHS as it turns 70, but spoke of its remarkable achievement as well as the high regard it is held in across the world.  

There were readings from NHS staff including Dr Teresa Storr, a consultant from the Eden Valley Hospice, a special nurses prayer from nurse educator Karen Dutton and a personal reflection from coronary care nurse Maggie Rothery from the West Cumberland Hospital. CPFT and NCUH Chairs Robin Talbot and Gina Tiller attended the event. 

Julie Clayton from NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We had lots of comments afterwards from people who felt it really caught a sense of the high regard patients and our community hold our NHS, and the hard work of the many teams right across Cumbria and beyond who make it work. That is not just those wearing the NHS badge but organisations across the care sector, third sector and volunteers. It was a really moving service.”



The NHS Big 7Tea

Staff are invited to come along to a Big 7Tea party this week as part of the NHS 70th Birthday celebrations.

Thursday 5th July:

  • Carleton Clinic Restaurant, 2-3pm
  • Cumberland Infirmary Restaurant, 2-3pm
  • West Cumberland Hospital Restaurant, 2-3pm
  • Brampton Hospital Dining Room, 2-3pm
  • Keswick Hospital Day Room, 2-3pm
  • Penrith Hospital MDT Room, 12.30pm
  • Alston Hospital Dining Room, 1.30pm
  • Workington Hospital Ellerbeck Ward, 2-3pm
  • Cockermouth Hospital – there will be an NHS70 cake provided and distributed around the site  
  • Maryport Hospital – the NHS70 cake will be available in the staff room for staff to help themselves

Friday 6th July:

  • Wigton Hospital Rehab Garden, 2-4pm

At Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital, the NHS Library Services will be having a stall during the Tea Party to promote Health Information Week.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) will also be holding vintage afternoon tea parties at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmorland General Hospital and Furness General Hospital on Thursday 5th July. CPFT have already been invited to book onto these event.  Booking has now closed, but if you have already booked your ticket, don’t forget to go along on the day and share your pictures with us.

If any teams would like to host their own tea party to celebrate the 70th Birthday of the NHS, you can find out more details here. Please email communications.helpdesk@cumbria.nhs.uk to let us know what you are planning, plus don’t forget to take some photos on the day and tag us on social media.

Carlisle City Centre Event, Saturday 7th July 

This Saturday, 7th July, Unison and the NHS are holding an event to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS.

There will be stalls from a range of NHS services, including maternity, cancer, physio, podiatry, First Step, mental health, dementia, health visiting, community services, palliative care, bereavement support and more. Plus, we will be joined by the University of Cumbria, Blood Bikes, MacMillan and Carlisle City Council.

You can find out more about recruitment and careers in healthcare, speak to the Patient Experience Team or Healthwatch about your NHS experiences and check out the Cumbria Archive Centre’s display of old photos and hospital records. Occupational therapists and Physiotherapists will be carrying out safety checks on walking aids, you can visit the Memory Matters team on a vintage bus, and music will be provided by Healing Arts.

Come along from 10am-2pm to join in the birthday celebrations! Find out more here.

Whitehaven Celebration, Sunday 8th July 

An event is taking place from 12-5pm at St Nicholas’ Garden in Whitehaven on Sunday 8th July to celebrate the 70th Birthday of the NHS. Refreshments will be available in St Nicholas’ Coffee Shop in aid of NHS related charities, and there will be health related information stalls and family entertainment, with an open air service at 2pm led by Revd Robert Jackson. The event is being organised by members of the community. If you would like to go along to the event and represent the NHS, please contact communications.helpdesk@cumbria.nhs.uk and we will pass your details on to the event organisers. 

Unison Social Events

Unison are hosting a series of social events to celebrate the 70th Birthday of the NHS. The events are open to everyone who would like to attend, including staff and members of the public. All NHS staff will get a free drink if you show your ID badge.  

  • Friday 6th July from 7pm | Cricket Club next to Furness General Hospital | DJ and buffet
  • Friday 6th July from 8pm | Penrith Cricket Club | Live music from The Flooks

For more information, visit the Unison Facebook Page or contact your local Unison Representative.


As part of the NHS 70 celebrations, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust is hosting a number of free talks for the public across the area focusing on what local healthcare was like around the Bay. The first talk will take place on Wednesday 11 July, in the Boardroom, near Trust HQ, at Westmorland General Hospital, from 6pm for around 20 minutes.   

The free public talk, part of the Trust’s NHS 70 celebrations, will be led by Dr Peter Dyer and will focused on Eric Cooper – an oral surgeon who worked locally and who was also the dentist at the Colditz prison camp during World War Two. Mr Cooper worked in Lancaster, Kendal and Barrow from 1952-1974. Click here for more information or to book a place.

Cumbria Archive Service

During July, Cumbria Archive Service are hosting a range of exhibition and events to celebrate 70 years of the NHS. More details are available on the Cumbria County Council website.

  • Carlisle Archive Centre Discovery Evening, Tuesday 3rd July 4.00pm-7.00pm: Includes original documents, photographs and plans from local hospitals including the Cumberland Infirmary and the former Garlands Asylum, Blencathra Sanatorium, Carlisle City General and City Maternity hospitals. Refreshments available, free admission, no booking required.  
  • Barrow Archives Exhibition, 3rd July-29 September 2018: Exhibition open during library opening hours. 
  • Barrow Archives Talk, Wednesday 4th July 7.00pm: Come and listen to memories of two retired health professionals. There will also be a display of archives relating to medical care in Furness pre 1948. Free event, but booking required by telephoning 01229 407377 or email barrow.archives@cumbria.gov.uk.
  • Whitehaven Archives Centre Discovery Evening, Tuesday 17th July 7.30pm: Join us to celebrate this national treasure at our regular monthly Archive Discovery Evening. Free event, refreshments available, no booking required.
  • Whitehaven Archive Centre, 4th-27th July:  Display of a small exhibition looking back at early healthcare in West Cumbria, including home cures, the Victorian chemist, doctors' services, voluntary hospitals, disease outbreaks and the beginning of our NHS.

NHS70 Party

A party to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, its achievements over the decades and to honour the hard working and dedicated staff who have made it such a success will be held on Saturday 7th July between 7.30pm and 10.30pm at Margaret Mary's Catholic Club Scalegate Road, Upperby, Carlisle, CA2 4JX. There will be a buffet, NHS birthday cake, poetry, a solo flute player, NHS quiz, raffle, NHS game, fun and laughter. It is non-political event, although it is organised and hosted by Suzanne Kelsey, who is the Women's officer for Carlisle Labour party. There will be a raffle and proceeds will be donated to a local health charity. If you would like to attend as an NHS member of staff – past or present - please contact Suzanne on 01228544133, 07905222415, suzanne-kelsey6@sky.com.


Local NHS 70 Stories

NHS70 parkrun

We kicked off the celebrations in June with several NHS70 parkruns taking place in Cumbria – including in Carlisle, Millom, Workington and Penrith. Carlisle parkrunners and NHS staff were the inspiration behind setting up the national NHS70 parkrun, which was launched last month by Dame Kelly Holmes – read more about that here.  

After many months of planning and preparation, there is finally a Parkrun in Whitehaven and the first event was held on 30/6/18. The Whitehaven parkrunners would like to dedicate their next run on Saturday 7/7/18 to the NHS in celebration of NHS70. The start line is on the cycle track behind St Benedicts RC Church at Mirehouse. More details about the Whitehaven Parkrun can be found on www.parkrun.org.uk/whitehaven/

Remembering the start of the NHS

Former nursing staff, including Ella Cullen (president of the RCN in West Cumbria) from Whitehaven have been sharing their stories about what it was like when the NHS began in the 1940s. Watch their video interviews here.  

Local businesses join the celebrations

A number of local businesses and organisations across Cumbria are getting involved in the NHS70 celebrations, including: 

  • Cumbria Health on Call will be lighting up Hilltop Heights blue for the occasion.
  • Eden District Council will be flying a specially commissioned NHS70 flag at the Town Hall this week, and will light up the Town Hall with blue lights on the evening of Thursday 5th July. They have also organized an NHS themed cake sale on the day, in the Committee Room from 10am. All volunteers to bake or eat cake are welcome! Any monies raised will be split between Hospice at Home and the Great North Air Ambulance. The Council are also encouraging staff to wear blue on the 5th to show support for the NHS.
  • Brampton Medical Centre have created an NHS70 window display. 
  • BEC, sustainable property developers in Cleator Moor, are encouraging their staff to make health related pledges – such as pledging to give blood.

NHS70 Stories 

We’ve been working with the local media to promote stories about the NHS in the run up to the 70th birthday –  you can find links to all the articles on our NHS70 webpage! Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to tell us your stories. We’re always looking for interesting stories to share about our staff, services and developments in the NHS, as well as patient stories, so keep sharing them with us – email communications.helpdesk@cumbria.nhs.uk.




Staff celebrations

Our staff have been sharing some great stories on social media – make sure to tag us with your NHS70 photos, events and stories!

  • The Eden Unit Therapy Team celebrated with a walk along Cumbrian Way. They are also having a shared lunch in the new MDT room on Thursday to mark the official 70th birthday.



  • Linda Graham from the Eden Community Nursing Team shared a post on Facebook about her NHS Hero. “My NHS Hero is my step dad, who sadly died last month before seeing the NHS 70 celebrations. I have found his nursing registration! He registered 68 years ago after starting his training post war at the cost of the grand amount of £33 shillings. He worked as a staff nurse, district nurse & finally as Nursing Officer of Penrith New Hospital when it opened in 1969. He inspired myself, my sister & daughter amongst many others to become nurses…..proud doesn’t come close!”

These are just some of the celebrations we have been told about – if you are celebrating this week let us know!

  • The Governor’s Council will be celebrating at their meeting on Thursday 5th July with a special NHS70 cake
  • The Patient Safety Summit is taking place on the same day at Greenhills Hotel, Wigton, where delegates will celebrate the 70th birthday
  • Some teams are organising their own tea parties, including: Physiotherapy at WCH, Mental health teams at Garburn House in Kendal, teams at Maglona in Carlisle, Radiotherapy, Pharmacy, Clinical Coding and Cardiology at CIC.
  • On Thursday 3rd July, staff working in the Education Centres at WCH and CIC are invited to go along to the libraries 3.30-4.30 for a tea party.


Cumbria staff to attend national NHS70 Celebrations

On Thursday 5 July, two national celebrations of thanks are being held for NHS staff, patient groups and volunteers. The first event is a service at Westminster Abbey at noon followed by a choral concert at York Minster in the evening. A selection of staff from both CPFT, NCUHT and North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have been invited along to represent our organisations as a thank you for their continued hard work in providing the best care for our patients in Cumbria. We hope you all have a great time! 

Those going to the Westminster event include:

  • Barbara Pinguey and Liz Harkness, Physios at the Cumberland Infirmary for their work with getting more patients up and about in hospital to end PJ paralysis.
  • Jen Lambert, Ward Sister, Vanessa Connor, ICC Manager and Kerry Patterson, Administrator at Maryport Cottage Hospital for their work in developing plans for the hospital.
  • NHS North Cumbria CCG medical director Dr David Rogers with Nicola Jackson and Julie Clayton who were nominated by colleagues.
  • ICC lead for Eden Angie Reynolds, Occupational Therapist Cat Nixon from the Home First team at the CIC and Lisa Gibbons were nominated for their work in developing new ways of working.

Heading to the York event are:

  • Gwyn Lishman, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist at the West Cumberland Hospital for his work with the Home First Team in keeping people out of hospital following time in A&E.
  • Fiona Sim and Diane Clark, Health Visitors for their work with promoting breastfeeding in Cumbria.
  • Linda Haig who has been leading work on Copeland ICC, Catherine Withington who has been working on the development of ICCs and programme director Julian Auckland Lewis.
  • NHS North Cumbria CCG chair Jon Rush with Ray Beale-Pratt and Mel Bradley who were both nominated by colleagues.

Morecambe Bay Celebrations

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust invited staff to create the number 70 for a series of photos at Furness General, Westmorland General and Royal Lancaster Hospitals. They also celebrated with BBQs at their 3 sites and had health information stands at a Wellness and Community Fun Day in Barrow last weekend.

NHS Staff Discounts

  • From Saturday 7th -14th July, the SCRIPT restaurant in Carlisle is offering 20% off all food with the production of an NHS ID badge
  • Iceland Foods are offering a 10% discount to all employees of the NHS and other emergency services, both instore and online from 2nd-29th July, with a valid ID card. Terms and Conditions apply, find out more here. 
  • Asda are inviting all NHS employees to claim a free hot drink from their store cafes on Thursday 5th July – just remember to take along your ID badge. Participating stores include Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal and Workington. 

National news and campaigns

NHS at 70 archive launched

With support from NHS England, the NHS at 70: The Story of our Lives project is collecting and sharing the stories and memories of NHS staff and patients. They have launched their digital archive which includes interviews with patients and staff.

Email Signatures

NHS England have produced a range of images to be used in email signatures – they are available to download here.


The NHS in numbers

Have you ever wondered how many patients the NHS sees every 24 hours, or what its day-to-day running costs are?  Watch this animation to find out.  

Linking the NHS and schools

To help mark NHS70, NHS England has launched a range of resources to help schools to engage children and young people with the work of the NHS. In addition, working in partnership with Health Education England and Inspiring the Future, it’s easier for children and schools to connect with NHS staff to hear about their careers and why they should considering joining the NHS. NHS staff can sign up to become Health Ambassadors – committing a minimum of one hour a year to visit schools and talk about their role and working in the NHS.

NHS70 Staff Prize Draw

As a thank you to our extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes who are always there to care for us – NHS England have over 400 tickets to give away to some amazing sporting events. From Wimbledon to Wembley, Elland Road to Edgbaston and Carnoustie to Old Trafford, there’s something for all sports fans. To take part, you need to be an NHS staff employed by an NHS organisation and aged over 18. Registration opens online on Friday 27 April and closes at midnight 5 July 2018 – to enter, click here. 

Light Up Blue

Over 100 buildings across the UK will be lighting up blue to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday on 5 July. Find out where your nearest one is and send us your photos. 

Facebook Frames and Twitter twibbon

NHS England have launched two Facebook frames and a Twitter twibbon for staff, patients and the wider public to show their support for the birthday.

Aardman animation

Aardman - the Oscar winning animators who created Wallace and Gromit - have created a special animation to mark the birthday. You can download the animation from the NHS England website.

NHS on Film

This week saw the launch of ‘NHS on Film’ with the British Film Institute (BFI) streaming rare films via their BFI Player. The films, which are free to view, look back at the 70 year history of the NHS on screen.



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