Partnership News 20th September 2018

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Thursday 20th September 2018

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

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Top Stories

Flu clinics coming soon!

The flu vaccine is arriving at the Trust within the next couple of weeks and our team of flu jabbers will be getting ready to protect you from the flu virus.

The flu jab this year is offering greater protection than ever with protection from the four most common strains of flu. This means by getting the flu jab you are helping to protect yourself, your patients, friends and family from catching flu.

We’d also like to thank you all for getting your jab last year – we achieved our highest uptake rate – let’s get ready to beat that this year! #FluFighters

Look out for more information on how, where and when you can get your jab soon!

Flu prize draw and vaccine donations via UNICEF

Everyone who has their vaccine before the end of October will be entered into a prize draw!

  • Star prize: a Spa Day for two at Armathwaite Hall
  • Second prize: 2 x £50 Shopping Vouchers (provided by UNISON)
  • Third prize: 2 x Afternoon Tea for two

If you get your flu jab at your GP surgery or pharmacy – please let us know by emailing If you let us know before the end of October you will also be entered into the prize draw.

In addition, for every staff member who gets their flu jab, we will donate a tetanus vaccine to a child in a developing county via UNICEF. So as well as protecting yourself, your friends, your family and your patients you can also help other children in need.

Cumbria’s mental health and learning disabilities 'Listening events'

We’re now in our second week of our mental health listening events in Barrow. We’ve heard the views of staff, partners, service users and carers.

The listening events are focussing on hearing feedback and ideas on the future of how our mental health and learning disability services could be delivered in the county.

Further events are also taking place next week in Whitehaven and Kendal. Details can be found on the homepage of StaffWeb. If you want to go along to an event please make sure you book on, you do need to attend the whole of the sessions.

There are also events for service users and carers next week; the numbers for service users and carers are quite low at these events so we would appreciate it if you would share these details with them so we can hear as much feedback as possible. Please click on the following link for more details on the Whitehaven and Kendal events carer and service user sessions.

If you are unable to attend one of our events but would like your say, you can leave your feedback via our online questionnaire and we have hard copies available upon request.

Cumbria’s mental health and learning disabilities 'Listening events'

We’re now in our second week of our mental health listening events in Barrow. We’ve heard the views of staff, partners, service users and carers.

The listening events are focussing on hearing feedback and ideas on the future of how our mental health and learning disability services could be delivered in the county.

Further events are also taking place next week in Whitehaven and Kendal. Details can be found on the homepage of StaffWeb. If you want to go along to an event please make sure you book on and please note you do need to attend the whole of the sessions.

There are also events for service users and carers next week; the numbers for service users and carers booking onto the sessions are quite low so we would appreciate it if you would share these details with them so we can hear as much feedback as possible. In Kendal next Wednesday we have added an extra Autism session for service users and carers too. Please click on the following link for more details on the Whitehaven and Kendal events carer and service user sessions.

If you are unable to attend one of our events but would like your say, you can leave your feedback via our online questionnaire and we have hard copies available upon request. Additionally, we have easy read versions available for carers and service users too.


Join us at our first joint Annual Meeting 

Your invite to be involved in the future of health care provision

People in Cumbria are invited to find out more about their local health services in the first joint Annual Meeting for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH).

Patients, service users, carers, members, staff and the public are all invited to celebrate 2017/18 achievements, reflect on challenges and hear about our vision for the future.

The event will be held at the Stoneybeck Inn, Penrith, on Tuesday 9 October 2018 between 09.30 – 11.40 (registration will open at 09.00).

Places are free but limited. To avoid disappointment and to help us plan for the event, please register by e-mailing: by Friday, 28 September 2018. Alternatively, you can contact the Governor Support team on 01228 608815 to book your place. More details are available on our website.

Welcoming our first nursing degree apprentices

Aspiring nurses in Cumbria now have a new route into the profession following roll out of Nursing Degree Apprenticeships. 17 healthcare assistants from NCUH and CPFT are starting out in this new role which will see them gain a degree level nursing qualification. The apprentices will be working across acute, community and mental health services to develop their skills and gain a wide range of experience – so look out for them in your team. Read more about the new role.

#isthisyou If you or someone in your team is interested in this role for next year, now is the time to make sure you have the qualifications you need or start studying towards them. For further information, including entry requirements and how to register your interest, check out our nursing apprenticeship intranet page or email

Step into Work: An opportunity for unemployed people to become a health care assistants

NCUH and CPFT are working together with the Job Centre and INSPIRA to deliver the second cohort of the ‘Step into Work’ programme which helps people who are unemployed to get back into work by building their confidence through interaction with real employers.

We are focussing on health care assistant roles to help strengthen our work force ahead of winter. The six week programme supports individuals to work towards the care certificate and preparing for the work place. On completion they will be supported to apply for an interview as a HCA on the bank.

One student from the first cohort said: “My outcome was fantastic as I was offered a position as a Health Care Assistant. I have picked up shifts on most departments and gained endless experience. I’m now applying for permanent roles and doing additional courses and training… I will continue to learn and develop within the NHS as far as I want to go.”

The programme will be offered in Carlisle and Whitehaven. If you know someone who might be interested they can use the following contacts for more info:

Find out more about some of the traineeships: Business Administration | Hospital porter

Healthcare in north Cumbria makes 2018 General Practice Awards shortlist

A community nurse from north Cumbria has been shortlisted in the 2018 General Practice Awards in recognition of her role in the integration of health and care services.

Angela Reynolds, Integrated Care Community Manager, has been shortlisted in the Community Nurse of the Year category out of hundreds of entries. The awards celebrate the best examples of innovation, dedication and leadership taking place in primary care and this category seeks a brilliant individual making a real difference to provision of care in their local area.

Large changes to the way health and care services are delivered in north Cumbria are underway with the development of eight Integrated Care Communities (ICCs). Closer working between health and care services, including community teams and GP practices, is helping to improve the health and wellbeing of local people and ensuring more care can be provided in the community, without the need for a hospital stay.  

Innovative work within the Eden ICC to deliver more community care, such as the new community model of care in Alston, has been recognised internationally and is being replicated elsewhere in the county. Health and care teams have been brought together on one site to help break down organisational barriers and support more seamless care. Read more. 

Palliative Care Specialist Nurse has a book dedicated to her

Jane Steele, Palliative Clinical Nurse Specialist at West Cumberland Hospital, has been honoured with a book dedicated to her.

Lucy Dillon, author of Where the Light Gets In, dedicated the book to Jane in gratitude of the care she provided for her mother Pat in her final months.

The inscription to Jane says: ‘With grateful thanks for all the time you gave us. We’ll always think of you with tremendous gratitude… and a good deal of awe!’ Read more here.

NHS staff celebrate helping over 100,000 Cumbrians' with 24 hour three peak challenge

Over thirty adventurous First Step staff (therapists, managers and administrative staff) from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust took on a 24 hour relay last weekend, completing the three highest peaks in the Lake District to raise almost three thousand pounds for four charities and celebrate the 10thanniversary of the successful countywide service.

The idea of a First Step event first took root in April 2018 when three colleagues sat down together  to discuss how they could mark the 10th anniversary of  First Step NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service  (IAPT) and the fact they have provided a service for over  100,000 people  across Cumbria during that time.  Living and working in Cumbria they naturally considered an outdoor challenge, one that would make the most of this beautiful environment and challenge them beyond normal limits, something they ask clients to do on a daily basis. A challenge covering the whole of Cumbria was chosen because First Step is a countywide service and helps people across Cumbria, something that is important to the staff as it allows then to help as many people as possible in a cost-effective way. Read more here. 

Teams talk health at the Westmorland show

Fiona Sim and Fiona Dodd, two of the Trust’s Health Visitors, went along to the Westmorland Show near Kendal to talk to people about breastfeeding and the benefits.

Our Sexual Health and First Step teams also attended amongst other colleagues from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.




This is us staff engagement events - have your say!

Have you booked your place at the staff engagement events with Stephen Eames, chief executive? This is your chance to come along and ask Stephen and the wider executive team any questions you may have, share your successes and raise any concerns. 

  • Thursday 11th Oct | 10.00am – 11.30am | Lecture Theatre, Cumberland Infirmary
  • Wednesday 17th Oct | 10.00am – 11.30am | Kendal Town Hall
  • Thursday 18th Oct | 10:00am – 11:30am | Methodist Church, Penrith
  • Tuesday 23rd Oct | 10:00am – 11:30am | The Forum, Barrow in Furness
  • Tuesday 30th Oct | 2pm – 3.30pm | Boardroom, West Cumberland Hospital

To book a place at any of these events, please email You can also pop in on the day if you haven’t booked.

New Carlisle group to help tackle loneliness in older people  

Plans are underway to launch the first 'Contact the Elderly' tea party group in Carlisle for isolated older guests.  The first afternoon tea party will be Sunday 23rd September 2018 2pm – 4pm

The group is for guests aged 75 and over, who live alone and struggle to get out or have become a bit isolated for other reasons.

Guests are collected by the same volunteer driver each month and taken to Sunday afternoon tea in a volunteer host’s home, giving people who would otherwise have been on their own the chance to have a cup of tea and a lovely chat with friends.

The group is still looking for older guests, as well as reserve drivers and hosts. Please see here or contact for more details and help brighten someone’s day.

A short video has been made to show the impact this service can have on elderly persons. The video is available here.

Useful updates

Mock CQC reviews - Information for managers

In preparation for CQC inspection, mock reviews will start to take place this month. The first of these visits will be to our mental health, learning disability and autism assessment services, will start on 24th September and will initially focus on the following priority core services:

  1. Learning Disability (adults) ward and community teams,
  2. Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services & Children's Learning Disabilities
  3. Acute Inpatient and Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit
  4. ALIS Teams and Health Based Places of Safety
  5. Memory and Later Life Community Teams
  6. Mental Health Rehabilitation
  7. Autism Assessment Service

The independent review team will involve staff from trusts in the North East as well as senior leaders from each of the core services.  The review will follow the style of a CQC inspection.  For this first inspection wave we have asked for particular focus to be given to Mental Capacity Act, supervision, and consent across all services inspected. Reports from the inspection will be provided the week of the inspection.

Further guidance and support can be found on the Quality pages of CPFT Staff web  

The timetable for the mock inspections for Community services, Childrens and Family services and Specialist services will be available shortly.

Linda Bennetts, Associate Director of Nursing said: “These mock reviews are our chance to look at ways we can improve but also to shout about the good things that we do every day. We need to be open and honest so that we have the best opportunity to continually improve and ensure that we are doing all we can to provide the best services for our patients.”

There is still time to complete appraisals.

Top tips for completion:

  • Please ensure all those that are completed are logged on ESR by the end of September
  • If you haven’t had your annual appraisal this year book it asap with your manager for before the end of September
  • See intranet pages for further information and guidance

ICC update: September 2018

Read the latest update from north Cumbria’s ICCs they continue to develop. This month’s update includes new roles, colocation, case studies and some dates for your diary.

Keep your personal details confidential: DO NOT share your Smartcard.

Through audit trails, we’ve identified that some smartcards are being shared amongst staff. This is contrary to the NHS Digital terms and conditions that all users agree to when they’re issued with a smartcard. This practice can put personal and patient data at risk.

By sharing your smartcard, you give other users:

  • Access to your personal information held in ESR, including your band, bank details and pension information
  • The ability to access patient information that they might not otherwise be entitled to access
  • The ability to search a patient’s summary care record. When this happens the smartcard owner’s details are logged against this activity in an audit trail.

Sharing smartcards can lead to disciplinary and criminal action. If you don’t have a smartcard and need to apply for one or have any questions about smartcards please contact the IT service desk on 01228 608888.

Revised policy templates

Please note that the newly revised templates for CPFT, NCUH and joint policies MUST be used when amending, updating or creating new policies and submitted for approval together with a fully completed Policy Author Checklist (the Policy Guidance document should be used in conjunction with the template to guide you through completion).  All templates and guidance documents can be found on the Intranet Staff Homepage under both the Policies tab and Corporate Governance page.

Trust Policies Updated Jan 2018 to Sept 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 Sept 2018 is available here.

Winter preparedness – one week to go

As well as having your flu jab you can prepare for winter by attending the Trust’s excellent winter preparedness day, hosted by our resilience team, on Thursday 27 September 9am – 4pm.

The all-day event, at the Greenhills Hotel, Wigton, will hear from guest speakers from the Met Office, North West 4x4 Response, NHS England and Electricity North West and look at the lessons we can learn from winter 2017-18 and look forward to winter 2018-19. There will also be activities which will help to prepare you, your staff and your services for the challenges ahead this winter.  

This event is open to all health and care staff. Please email to confirm your place.

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Training | Development | Support Opportunities

Workforce Update

JOIN Our Amazing People

Pharmacy Administration Apprentice

Do you want to start a new and exciting career within the NHS? Are you enthusiastic and motivated with a desire to learn new skills?

The pharmacy department are looking for an apprentice with a willingness to learn and develop, to join our team.

The post is one of continual development through on the job and formal training working towards a level 2 customer service or business admin apprenticeship. As an apprentice you will have the opportunity to work alongside a varied team of healthcare professionals and gain an insight into medicine management. You will provide an efficient service to the wards by regular ordering of patient specific medications and ward stock top ups.You will also be involved in administration tasks to ensure smooth running of the department. Read more and apply here. Closing date 1st October 2018. 

LEAD Our Amazing People

Good leadership, at all levels of the organisation, creates the right culture and environment for staff to deliver great care. We want to embed  positive leadership at every level, regardless of role.

Please look at the leadership pages of staff web to see development opportunities and more.

GREAT Teams Great Care

You don’t need to wait for the survey to start to make a difference.  There are ideas on the Workforce and OD pages about what you can do now to develop yourself and your team.

GROW Your shared know how

Data Security & Awareness Training 2018 is now OPEN!

Time flies and it’s that time of year again. Your mandatory Information Governance & Data Security Awareness Training 2018 window is now open; helping you keep information safe and feel more confident when handling patient identifiable data.  All staff have a responsibility to use, store and process information correctly and individuals along with the Trust may be liable for fines if you don’t take the necessary precautions.  Just click on the link and follow the Core Skills eLearning Certifications User Guide, this will explain everything you need to know to access and complete your training.  

We are bound to do this by law. Don’t panic, it doesn’t take long, so get it done today to stay one step ahead of the game. 

The Workforce and OD staff web pages have a range of training opportunities many of them free. There's also information about health and wellbeing as well as continuous service improvement.



Physical Activity Clinical Champions Training - for all healthcare professionals

PHE are offering FREE locally tailored training sessions for doctors, nurses and other interested health care professionals in primary and secondary care.

Flexible sessions offer groups of 20 and above with 1 to 2.5 hours of CPD material shown to increase clinician understanding, confidence and expertise for clinical practice

Available across England until 31 March 2019. More information can be found here. 

To book your free sessions email the PHE Team at:

Get up to speed with road safety - Free driving awareness session

Step your driving awareness up a gear! Come to the driving awareness session held by Cumbria Police at Carlisle East Fire Station, Eastern Way Carlisle on Wednesday 26th September at 6:30pm. No need to book, just turn up! 

The evening will include a car extraction demonstration, advice on road safety and an exhibition of cars, there will also be a raffle!

Prizes include:

  • Dash Cam – Arnold Clark
  • Mini for a weekend *over 21 only – Lloyd Mini
  • MOT –Gate’s tyres
  • Emergency breakdown kit –Halfords
  • Full car valet – Fix Auto/Thompsons
  • Demon car wash pack – Euro parts
  • Two Summer bags – Citroen

When was your last Health and Wellbeing MOT?

To celebrate Older People’s Day the physiotherapy department are offering a free health and wellbeing check-up and advice.

Drop in and see the team on Tuesday 2nd October 2018, 10:00am – 2:00pm at Cleator Moor Library, Market Street, CA25 5AP

What is a health and wellbeing MOT?

  • Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Memory Matters and Cardiac Rehabilitation Teams will be offering advice, walking aid reviews and functional fitness checks.
  • West Cumbria Carers, Citizens Advice, Credit Union, Library Staff and Community Service Officers, Alzheimer’s Society, West Cumbria Blind Society and Age UK West Cumbria, will be on hand with further guidance and support on keeping active and independent

For more information please contact the Physiotherapy Department, West Cumberland Hospital, Tel: 01946 523636.

Infection Prevention Link Staff recruitment event

Want to know more about becoming an ‘Infection Prevention Link Staff Member? Come along on Thursday 29th November at Sedbergh Health Centre, 10:30am - 2:00pm to find out more.

You can book via

Inbox quoting:

  • Your full name
  • Area of work
  • Managers name
  • Course title
  • Course date

This course will be conducted by Hannah Gabriel, Infection Prevention Nurse

Multi Professional Thematic

OutReach Cumbria - Working supportively with Gender Diversity

New dates have been announced for the 'working supportively with gender diversity' workshop.

Guest speakers Debbie Wood (Talking Therapies Lead with OutReach Cumbria) and Karen Pollock (Counselling in Northumberland) will be covering the following topics:

  • Understanding Gender - an explanation of why there is more to gender than 'man' and 'woman'
  • Trans Mental Health - Disordered or Oppressed?
  • Trans Physical Health – Surgery & Beyond
  • Making a Difference - Getting it right for trans people.

This workshop will take place on Wednesday 14th November 2018, 9:30 - 12:30pm at Harraby Community Centre, Edgehill Road Carlisle CA1 3SN. Registration from 9am, refreshments will be provided. 

For more information or to book a place please email your name, job title and base to: by Wednesday 31st October 2018

Schwartz Round at the Cumberland Infirmary on Thursday 20th September

The next panel discussion for Schwartz Rounds will take place on Thursday 20 September in the lecture theatre, James George Education Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.  Lunch is available at 12.30pm, and the round will take place from 1-2pm.

The topic of this round’s session will be “Familiar Faces” and the panel will be:

  • Janette Pieri – medicines optimisation pharmacist NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Alice Trainer – assistant psychologist, Familiar Faces
  • Becky Hill – clinical educator/ sister – A&E
  • Aimee Hall – sister, A&E

Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff, clinical and non-clinical come together regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare. The panel discussion starts promptly at 1pm and lasts for an hour. Lunch is provided and is served 30 minutes beforehand at 12.30pm to attendees. There’s no need to book, just come along on the day.

The Impact of Poor Housing on Children’s Life Chances event

Child Poverty Forum west Cumbria is holding an event looking at the impact of poor housing on children's life chances.  This event will be held on Thursday 27th September 12:30 - 4:00pm at Moorclose Community Centre, Needham Dr, Workington CA14 3SE.

This event aims to explore issues surrounding housing as it affects children living in poverty. 

If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to Suzanne Wilson on detailing your name, organisation and if you have any specific dietary requirements. Read the agenda here. 

 For our staff from our staff 



Spa day discounts

Armathwaite Hall are offering 10% discount on Spa Day packages. Just mention the NHS discount at time of booking and bring some NHS ID on the day. The discount is for staff only and may not apply with certain packages that already hold a discount.

For information on Spa Days and Treatments, visit or call the Spa on 017687 88900. 

Toner cartridges available

The finance department at Voreda have some toner cartridges available that they can't use, they are:

  • 3X Brother TN3430
  • 1X Brother TN3170
  • 1X Brother TN3230

If you or your team are in need of one please email for more information. 

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.


Top 5 NHS Staff Deals and Discounts for September

Can you believe it’s September already? Time to refresh that wardrobe ready for those gorgeous autumnal days. We’ve got some great deals on fashion for all the family – and can even kit the kids out for school.

Has the change in the weather has given you the blues? Treat yourself to a holiday. We have 13 different countries to choose from with up to 30% off.

If autumn is your favourite season, you’re in luck – we’ve also got an exclusive 10% discount with the UK’s largest independent hotelier. Take yourself away to Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin or even Madrid to name just a few!

As ever we want to keep you connected and we’ve got a great SIM deal with 4GB of data. Roaming the world, and the UK in your new outfits will be easy.

We’ve done all of the searching for you – here’s the Top 5 NHS Staff Deals and Discounts for September.

Don’t forget, membership is free and you can sign up 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.

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