Partnership News 15th November 2018

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Thursday 15th November 2018

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Top Stories

Supporting Self Care week 2018 – Help us help you this winter

Self Care Week is a national awareness week to promote self care. Empowering people to look after their own health has many benefits for their short and long term health and also helps us to manage demand on our services. This week were promoting ways people can look after their own health and wellbeing by choosing the right services and making small changes. As part of this we’re sharing the new Public Health England campaign, Help Us Help You. Read more in our news story

Specialist nurses work together to stop the pressure

Thursday 15th November marks the annual International Stop Pressure Ulcer Day and NHS staff in Cumbria are joining forces to raise awareness on pressure ulcers and how to prevent them in the first place.

Tissue Viability Nurses from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) are supporting Stop Pressure Ulcer Day together and have organised health stands at Dunmail Park shopping centre in Workington and at The Lanes shopping centre in Carlisle to offer expert advice to the public. Read more on our website

We want healthcare professionals to wear and share a red dot as a symbol of awareness and to start a conversation about how to prevent pressure ulcers. We are hoping to get as much support as possible from trusts for the campaign, developed by a group of NHS tissue viability nurses passionate about prevention.

The campaign aims to renew visibility among healthcare professionals and the public about the damaging impact of pressure ulcers and the benefits of prevention, particularly as we head into another challenging winter. Despite our efforts, we are still seeing more than 1300 new pressure ulcers a month, at considerable cost to the NHS.

We are aware that many trusts may already be planning their activities (we are quite late in the game!), but we sent out some red dots to DoNs last week and NHSI, Director of Nursing, Ruth May, will be in touch, likely via your own DON, to ask for support.

People can download some basic assets here to share their support, including an image which can replace their social media profile, a post they can share, some sample tweets and a factsheet that could also be a poster:

  • You can access the toolkit via the Stop The Pressure website:
  • Ruth has recorded a video here, which can also be shared in trusts and on social media by your regional DoNs if they would like:
  • We would love to see lots of examples from trusts and DoNs/AHP leaders about how they are all tackling pressure ulcer prevention, success stories and learning. As well as lots of pictures. Trusts can use the hashtags #StopThePressure and #StopThePressureDay.

No place like home update – animation

Further resources have been created to support the No Place like Home Campaign. The below animation has been added to the No Place Like Home webpages and shared on social media. These are resources can be used by you and your team and shared to help explain the work we are doing.  


Successful recruitment events bring nurses and midwives to Cumbria

Nurses and midwives from across the UK joined another successful recruitment event at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle earlier this month.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH), Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) and University of Cumbria hosted this joint event on Saturday 3rd November. Nurses and midwives at all stages of their career attended, including those considering the professions.

18 interviews took place on the day for vacancies across the Trusts and a further 16 attendees were interested in studying at University of Cumbria. An additional 22 people dropped in and either joined in the activities or spoke to the nursing, midwifery or university staff. Attendees were invited on tours of both the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital (WCH), Whitehaven to see facilities first hand. On the WCH tour the group were joined by two members of the Recruitment & Retention group which includes members of the community who are supporting efforts to attract new staff and welcome them into our local communities.

Opportunities across acute, mental health and community services were all showcased on the day through talks, workshops and tours. As well as local attendance, people travelled from Dundee, Leeds, Manchester and Wales to attend the event. Read more on our website

Have you had your flu jab yet?

We've now vaccinated 36.7% of our staff - so thank you to those who have had your jabs done. Together we can raise awareness and help protect ourselves and those around us, including the vulnerable from catching this year’s flu strain.

You can find all flu clinics scheduled from now until December on our flu fighter intranet page. If you can’t make one of the scheduled clinics, get in touch with our flu fighting team to arrange a time to suit you and your colleagues. It takes two weeks for the jab to become effective, so the sooner you get it done the better!

Have you already had your flu jab? Let us know so we can update our records. A reminder that all staff  need to return their completed flu consent forms to as soon as possible please this is both teams and individuals. Please let us know if we can help you and your team in any other ways to get your flu jabs. 

Binitright - Clinical waste only in clinical waste bins!

During the waste inspections, a typical orange clinical waste bin contained only a small proportion of waste which was identified as clinical waste.

There was a mixture of  paper towels, tissues, paper, uncontaminated paper couch rolls, plastic packaging, wrappers and/ or food waste.  All of these items are general waste and not clinical waste.

It costs more per tonne to dispose of clinical waste which is why it is very important that staff make sure that general waste goes in general waste bins. If you have any ideas about how we can reduce our waste please email:




Antibiotic Awareness Week - Keep Antibiotics Working

Public Health England warns that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk

Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses, such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign is back to remind you that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk. It’s important that, when it comes to antibiotics, you always take your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice.  For further information on antibiotic resistance visit Watch / Share - Keep Antibiotics Working - Always take your doctor’s advice.

Antibiotic prescribing guidelines

In a large collaborative effort, PHE and NICE have brought existing PHE and new NICE-PHE antibiotic prescribing guidelines together in a ‘go-to’ toolkit for prescribers in all care settings. The resource can be accessed online here. They focus on managing common infections, using evidence reviews to support appropriate antibiotic use and alternatives to antibiotics to manage symptoms where appropriate. Each guideline topic features a visual summary of the recommendations, a guideline and an evidence review. NICE have also recently endorsed PHE’s tools to support the implementation of UTI guidelines in different contexts. Combined, these resources will help us meet the government’s ambition to half gram-negative bloodstream infections.

New insomnia service for Cumbria

A new service for adults in Cumbria who experience insomnia is up and running.  First Step, a talking therapies service at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) now offer a new Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) eight week programme.

The Trust has been working Professor Jason Ellis and the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research to offer CBT-I which has been proven to work effectively in a whole range of research trials.

Insomnia is thought to affect about one third of the general population in the UK and it is estimated that between 10% and 50% of people attending primary care can be effected. Insomnia can result in impaired daytime functioning, such as poor concentration, mood disturbance and daytime tiredness. Read the full story here

Mental Health and Learning Disability Services Listening Events update

Following a number of Listening Events to discuss the future of the county’s Mental Health and Learning Disability Services held in September, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are now able to share the feedback received, including feedback from questionnaires.

A total of  28 Listening Events were held in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven for people who access their services as well as carers, families, staff, partner agencies and Trust Governors to explore what works well and what can be improved.

An overarching theme that came out from the events and questionnaires was the dedication and caring nature of staff.  There was a feeling of local pride which meant that staff went the extra mile in their work. There were also a broad range of challenges shared, which relate to access to services, assessment and delivery of treatment.

The next step is to develop an outline business case which is expected to go to boards of the three organisations leading the work later this year. This includes Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. The full report and the full news story is available on our website.

Continence service name change: Community Bladder and Bowel Service

The Continence Service is changing its name to the Community Bladder and Bowel Service as of the 1st Dec 2018. The word Continence still has a stigma attached and although many people who attend our clinics are NOT incontinent but have bladder or bowel dysfunction they ask why they have been referred to the Continence Service. This change will hopefully help those people who are referred to feel less embarrassed and those suffering in silence to come forward and take charge of their problem by working with support following a treatment/management plan.

As part of the changes all referrals will now be electronic. The referral form can be accessed via the intranet/Primis and once all sections are complete the form should be emailed to the email on the bottom of the form

We are looking for people to take part in research.

Researchers at the University of Newcastle would like to investigate whether the autonomic nervous system works differently in people with mental health, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. So, we need healthy volunteers without such disorders to take part in a study, to evaluate whether the autonomic nervous system is affected by the severity of the disorder or by medication use.

We need volunteers to complete a questionnaire (which takes about 10 minutes) that asks about dizziness type symptoms and a question about fatigue (tiredness) - we will also ask some questions about your mental health.

The information gathered from this study may help to develop further treatments for mental health patients in future. All information that you give us will be kept confidential and private. Your name will not be mentioned in any reports.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Hannah Shaw ( to discuss the study further.

CIC car parking

Half of the temporary staff car park at CIC remains closed for upgrading work which will be completed by the end of the year.

Staff who work daytime hours such as 9am-5pm can consider parking at Devonshire Walk next to the Castle which is open from 6.30am-8.00pm, allowing more spaces at the hospital for staff who work late at night. Those parking at Devonshire Walk will be able to claim for their parking charges and be refunded your staff permit charges. If you are able to do this please let us know by emailing

Spaces in car park A (highlighted blue only) have been made available for staff with permits to use during this period. The spaces in red and above need a valid pay and display ticket. Please note as per the Trust’s car parking policy, we cannot refund staff if they choose to pay and display in the patient and visitor’s car park at CIC. Thank you for your patience and co-operation during this time

Your chance to name Cumbria’s gritters

grittersPeople across Cumbria are being asked to help name the county’s gritters as the winter road maintenance season moves into top gear.

Cumbria County Council has a total of 38 gritters in its fleet, but none of them currently have names. Now a competition has been launched to name five of the vehicles. Suggestions are being invited on social media via the county council’s dedicated Gritter Twitter feed, @CumbriaGritters. Read more

Fostering events around the county this month

Thinking of fostering and have lots of questions? Why not come along to one of our November events and speak to our carers and friendly team:

  • Barrow – Friday November 23 - Information stand in the main entrance of Furness General Hospital from 11am to 2pm.
  • Ulverston - Sufostering adsnday November 25 - Information stand at Ulverston's Dickensian Christmas Festival from 10am to 4pm
  • Carlisle - Thursday November 29 - Costa Coffee drop in at the Lanes Shopping Centre Costa from 12pm-2pm 

If you can't make an event go to to find out more about the approval process, training and support on offer.

Have your say on Cumbria’s future health and wellbeing

hwbThe public are being invited to have their say on a new draft plan to improve the health and wellbeing of Cumbria over the next decade.

The Joint Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2029 sets out how partners in Cumbria will work together to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the county’s residents and reduce health inequalities. Cumbria's Health and Wellbeing Board are encouraging Cumbrian residents and organisations to review the draft plan and share their feedback. The consultation is now open, have your say.

Great North Care Record: Taking sharing health and care information to the next level

The Great North Care Record is designed to improve information sharing for direct care, service and planning and research.

The programme has recently received investment from the Academic Health Science Network in the North East and North Cumbria to set up a regional Care and Health Information Exchange. This will allow the two-way sharing of data, document and images across the region. Find out more how this will improve the flow of information between organisations and ultimately improve care for people living in the region.

Keep up to date with Great North Care Record on Twitter, or join the Network.Find out the latest update on the Great North Care Record and how it will improve information sharing health and care data in the North East and North Cumbria #datasaveslives #patientpower.

The latest Safeguarding Newsletter is now available.

November's issue covers:

  • Training Dates
  • County Lines Update
  • CSE and Domestic Abuse Unveiling
  • Cumbria Domestic Abuse Champions Network Information
  • Useful Safeguarding Links and Resources

LSCB news

The latest Local Safegurading Children Board's newsletter is now available. In it there are updates about:

Managing sexualised behaviour in secondary schools: new online course; NSPCC have launched a new online course Managing sexualised behaviour in secondary schools, for anyone working in secondary schools in the UK. The course will help you gain the skills to assess and manage incidents of sexualised behaviour within your school. An online course for primary schools is available.

Healthy and unhealthy relationships: lotties storyChildline has launched a campaign to help young people understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and help them identify signs that their relationship might not be quite right. 'Looking out for Lottie', an eight part series, follows a fictional character Lottie who gets into an unhealthy relationship, showing how grooming can happen without realising it. Childline: Healthy and unhealthy relationships

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO): Working Together 2018 sets out that Local Authorities should have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to be involved in the management and oversight of allegations against people who work with children where a person who works or volunteers with children has:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child;
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children

Definition of ‘working with’ children: An adult who is working or volunteering with children or coming into contact with children through work on a regular basis and would be seen as being in a position of trust over them. In addition, this would also apply to someone under 18 in the same position e.g. a 17 year old teaching a musical instrument or instructing a group. Cumbria LSCB, Allegations against staff/ LADO 

Positions of Trust: “The Care and Statutory Support Guidance states that all relevant partners should have policies and procedures in line with those of Safeguarding Adults Boards for responding to allegations against people who work, in either paid or unpaid capacity with adults will support and care needs. The Cumbria Safeguarding Board guidance provides the multi-agency framework for responding to those concerns.” For more information please see Multi-agency Guidance and Multi-agency Position of Trust Leads from Partners

Contextual Safeguarding: This is an approach to understanding, and responding to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families. It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can feature violence and abuse. Contextual Safeguarding expands the objectives of child protection systems in recognition that young people are vulnerable to abuse in a range of social contexts. Further information : Contextual Safeguarding Briefing and also This video explains “What is Contextual Safeguarding?” 

Have you seen the new 5-19 Public Health Newsletters?

It has been a very busy and productive year for Public Health 5 - 19 service so we thought it was about time we let you all know what we have been up to, what we have been working on over the summer holidays and our plans for this academic year. The County Council will be producing these every term, with a different 'spotlight' topic in each one.

Carlisle & EdenFurness & South LakesAllerdale & Copeland

Useful updates 

Child criminal exploitation - updated version of guidance

The Home Ohome officeffice has published a new version of the county lines guidance relating to the criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, for professionals across the UK who work with children. The new version includes a definition of child criminal exploitation, which is common in county lines, noting: it occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18; it does not always involve physical contact and can also occur through the use of technology; and it is broader than just county lines, including children forced to work on cannabis farms or to commit theft. Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines guidance (pdf)

Policy management arrangements 

An update to approval routes and useful reminders for staff reviewing documents.

Policy management arrangements are under review as part of the integration of Support Services across Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust (CPFT) and North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust (NCUHT).  The policy teams are transitioning to common arrangements and this is an update on policy approval routes, along with some helpful reminders for staff making changes.

  • Policy templates and guidance were published earlier this year and are accessible on the Policies pages from CPFT Staff Web & NCUHT Intranet home pages.
  • The Policy Template Guidance has added help around
    • Equality Impact Assessment for changes
    • How to complete the Monitoring section
    • How to complete the Document Control section, especially for separate CPFT and NUCH policies that are being joined. –
  • After drafting and consulting on changes to a policy, policies are required to be ‘approved’ by an appropriate approval group (e.g. Infection Prevention & Control Committee). Their purpose is to validate the context and content of the policy.
  • After this validation/approval, all policy changes are required to be ‘finally ratified’ by the Policy Management Group.  Their main purpose is to provide a sense check as a lay person/end user; as well as ensuring stakeholders have been involved, the monitoring section is clear, NICE guidelines are appropriate and that policies are in the appropriate trust template format.
  • If a further approval/signoff is required e.g. other organisations for Multi agency policies, then this is sought before the final version of the policy is published on CPFT and NCUH websites.

These approval and ratification steps are shown in the Policy Approval Flowchart

Useful Reminders – for authors and reviewers

  • Consult with Library and Knowledge Services early at 
  • Carry out an Equality Impact Assessment for the policy and provide to
  • Ensure that both the Policy Author Checklist, and the Document Control section of the policy are completed fully before sending for ratification.

For further information about the process, please see our frequently asked questions document or contact

CPFT Policy updates;

Trust Policies Updated Jan 2018 to Oct 2018 & 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 been updated in the last month.  A list of all updates from January 2018 to Oct 2018 is available here.

NB: You can access all approved Trust policy documents on the Intranet Staff Web homepage under Helpdesks and Quick Links.

Rio - Are you struggling to find your uploaded documents?

The Health Records Department conduct scanning audits trust wide and staff using RiO are having issues finding some documents.   

With the help of clinical and admin staff the Health Records Department have put together RiO Naming Convention Guidelines, this will help staff to save the documents in the correct document type with guidelines for naming documents,  this will make searching for documents a quicker and easier process.

Click here for Rio Naming Convention Guidelines

E-health - Opening PDFs following Windows 10 upgrade

Some users have found that, following Windows 10 upgrade, PDFs are defaulting to open in Internet Explorer.

To make sure PDFs open in Adobe PDF Reader, follow these steps:

  1. Open up Internet Explorer
  2. Select the Tools menu
  3. Select the ‘Manage Add-ons’ menu option
  4. Change the show drop down to: Run without permissions
  5. Select Adobe PDF Reader
  6. Select the ‘Disable’ button at the bottom of the window.

You will only need to do this once, and all PDFs will now default to open in Adobe PDF Reader.

If you still have problems, you can try the following:

  1. Click on the Windows Start button
  2. Start to type ‘Control Panel’ and select this option when it appears in the menu
  3. Select Programs
  4. Choose ‘make a file type always open in a specific program’
  5. Scroll down and select .pdf
  6. Click on the Change Program button
  7. Select Adobe Acrobat Reader 2017
  8. Click OK.

If you have any questions, please contact the IT service desk via the self service portal, or on 01228 60 8888.

Windows 10 upgrade: Take action to protect your data

As a Trust, we need to make sure everyone is saving their work to a central server, rather than locally to their machine. It’s set out in Trust policy POL/002/037 - Acceptable Use Policy (IT systems), and it helps make sure all our work is backed up and stored safely.

Any work saved locally to your machine (for example, on your C drive or desktop) is not backed up, so we need everyone to save to our central server as routine good practice. This protects all your data in the event of a network or hardware issue.

If you have not already been upgraded to Windows 10, this will also affect that process. During the Windows 10 upgrade your current device will be replaced.  Files saved on your desktop or C drive are at risk – move them now or you will lose access to them in the near future.  If your computer hard drive fails or device is swapped out they cannot be replaced.

If you have files saved locally they will be permanently lost and it will not possible to restore them.  You need to act now to make sure this does not happen.

Introducing Consultant Connect

As part of our work to further integrate our primary, community and acute services and remove delays in the system, we are launching ‘Consultant Connect’ this week in north Cumbria in order to provide an easy-to-use link between hospital clinicians, GPs and Integrated Care Community (ICC) teams.

Consultant Connect is an app-based service which can be used to directly connect to clinicians and teams rather than through the switchboard. The app is fully encrypted to adhere to information governance guidelines and is already working well across 3,000 GP practices with consultants at around 50 hospital trusts.

The benefits of using the service include:

  • Speeding up care pathways for patients and reducing unnecessary attendance at hospital
  • Easier and faster access for GPs to hospital clinicians
  • An opportunity for hospital clinicians to support referral/admission decisions
  • Provides fast access to the local ICC hubs
  • Supports our overall aim of better integration for our clinical services

Services already on board and ready for the launch include:

  • General surgery
  • Renal
  • Acute medicine
  • Emergency Departments
  • Urology
  • Dermatology
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Bed management
  • ICC hubs

For more information about the service If any teams would like a one-to-one session about the service, please contact David Glover, business manager for emergency care at

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.


Workforce Update

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.

Job of the Week!

Job of the week: Senior Community Staff Nurse, Night Nursing

Exciting vacancy within the West Night Nursing Service facilitating hospital discharges, preventing hospital admissions & ensuring patients receive safe & appropriate care in their own homes #isthisyou

Support the Sister/Team Leader in providing leadership & management of the service and deliver high quality care to a range of patients with differing and often complex needs #WeAreTheNHS

Clinical and non-clinical supervision survey

NCUH and CPFT are committed to delivering high quality, safe service user care and sees supervision of both clinical and non-clinical staff as an essential mechanism to support this.

Supervision is about focusing on best practice; highlighting it, sharing it with others and practicing it.

We are reviewing our joint supervision policy to ensure staff are able to access high level and regular supervision through a range of options. We aim to provide all staff with equal opportunities to engage in supervision to ensure the appropriate level of support, risk management and quality improvement is in place.

We also want to use supervision sessions to support staff health and wellbeing, looking at how the supervisee is feeling, exploring any physical or emotional aspects of work and support available, looking at work-life balance and general wellbeing.

In order for us to benchmark the level of supervision that is currently being undertaken, along with the frequency of it, please could you complete the below survey by Friday 30 November 2018:

Events and Training

Skills for Care Roadshows

You are invited to attend Skills for Care’s Roadshow in Penrith on Tuesday 04 December 2018.

Location: Penrith Conference Centre
Timings: 10.00-14.00 (with networking lunch)
Skills for Care's free interactive roadshows are where employers can meet and interact with their peers, share ideas and best practice.
These events fill up fast – book now to avoid disappointment.
Come and find out about:

  • how digital innovations in social care can help people feel more involved and in control
  • issues impacting on workforce productivity and work performance in the sector
  • The National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC)
  • funding you could be eligible for
  • our offer of support to employers and our newest resources.

We are looking for people to take part in research.

Researchers at the University of Newcastle would like to investigate whether the autonomic nervous system works differently in people with mental health, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. So, we need healthy volunteers without such disorders to take part in a study, to evaluate whether the autonomic nervous system is affected by the severity of the disorder or by medication use.

We need volunteers to complete a questionnaire (which takes about 10 minutes) that asks about dizziness type symptoms and a question about fatigue (tiredness) - we will also ask some questions about your mental health.

The information gathered from this study may help to develop further treatments for mental health patients in future. All information that you give us will be kept confidential and private. Your name will not be mentioned in any reports.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Hannah Shaw ( to discuss the study further.

For our staff from our staff 


Well done Katie!

“The Medical Education Team is delighted to congratulate Katie Dixon on her appointment as Medical Education Administrator. Katie joined the Medical Education team in October 2017 as an apprentice and quickly proved herself to be a valuable asset. She is enthusiastic and professional and has taken on tasks within the undergraduate, postgraduate and appraisal programmes and is ahead of schedule for completing Level 3 in Business Administration. Well done Katie and thank you for all your hard work from everyone in the Medical Education team, Dane Garth Admin teams and Medical Staff.”

Thank you from David

David temple sen tthis mesage to say thank you to his colleagues following his retirement:

“I would just like to say a very big thankyou to all my colleagues and friends within the Learning Disability Service for all their very kind words, cards and presents on my retirement.    It has been a privilege to have served the people with learning Disabilities and their families within Cumbria over the past 47yrs.  I have experienced a great deal of change over that time, and non-more so than the transition from institutional to community based care.

Throughout my career I have been blessed to have worked alongside many wonderful people, and none more so than those I have ended my career working alongside at Lillyhall and Cedarwood.  I wish you all well for the future, and although I will enjoy my retirement – especially your gift of the chance to revisit where it all began for me at Dovenby - I will miss you all.  God bless.”

Congratulations Jane and John 

The Children’s Specialist Team in West Cumbria would like to send their best wishes to Speech and Language Therapist Jane (formally Edgar) who has recently married John McCaffrey. Congratulations to you both.

Free standing office screen wanted

If anyone has a spare free standing office screen approximately 600-700mm wide x 1500-1700 mm high that is not in use please would you contact the Learning Disability Team  in the south on 01229 404550. Thank you. 

NHS Discounts

Best Christmas Market Breaks with a Discount

Christmas Markets are the best way to relax at the end of the year. Pick up some truly unique gifts for loved ones and take in the sights, smells and gastronomic delights of this season spectacular. As the nights draw in what better way to get organised for the most wonderful time of the year than in some of Europe’s most beautiful cities? Even better, explore the Best Christmas Market Breaks with a Discount.  
We’ve teamed up with Super Break to bring you some incredible winter wonderland getaways. Escape to Bruges, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, York and many more. Remember you can sign up for free membership.


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.

If your colleagues don’t have access to email please print this off and display
in an appropriate area.

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