Partnership News 2nd November 2018

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Friday 2nd November 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

What are Integrated Care Communities (ICCs)?

A number of staff have fedback that they are not clear what ICCs are and what they do. Below is a quick guide to what they are and how to find out more. In Cumbria we are leading the way nationally on delivering more care closer to home and ICCs are key to us doing this, so it important that staff understand what they are and how they work.

An Integrated Care Community (ICC) works together to improve the overall health and wellbeing of its community. This is done by: 

  • Joining up health and care services to work better together
  • Providing more care out of hospital where possible
  • Supporting people to have information about their health conditions
  • Health and social care professionals, GPs, the voluntary sector and the community will work as one team to support the health and wellbeing of local people. 

North Cumbria has been divided into eight ICCs based on groups of GP practices and their patients and in south Cumbria and north Lancashire there is a further 12 ICCs. By understanding the challenges that each area faces it is hoped that the community can work together with health and care organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

Information, including an interactive map and priorities for each ICC in south Cumbria is available on the Better Care Together website. Or view the North Cumbria CCG website for information about ICCs in north Cumbria

This short animation explains ICCs in north Cumbria and what they mean for the health and care needs of local people. 

Watch Sam’s story for more on why we need more joined up care. 

As part of the ICC work we have launched our no place like home campaign. Health and care services are all working closer together to provide more out of hospital care, because there really is no place like home.

Hospital is the right place for some treatments and sometimes a stay can’t be avoided. When this happens we aim to get patients home as soon as it’s safe to do so as evidence shows that people often recover quicker at home. Helping people to manage their conditions, stay well and stay at home is great for them but it also helps us to make better use of limited health and care resources.

For more information on this campaign please see the North Cumbria Health and Care System website.

Don’t be fooled by flu myths!

So far we have protected 28.5% of our staff and we want to encourage those haven't to do so. There are many myths about getting the flu vaccine so we thought we would share a few facts about flu with you:

  • The flu jab cannot give you flu
  • The flu vaccine is one of the safest in the world
  • Anyone can get flu
  • Pregnant women can get the flu vaccination
  • You need to get the vaccine every year

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.

You can find out about getting your vaccination at one of our clinics, we also have specific clinics for those aged 65 and over. To save yourself time you can even fill out the consent form before you go for your jab and after you’ve had your jab make sure you send us your #igotheflujabdone photos or you can Tweet these yourselves tagging @CPFTNHS @NorthCumbriaNHS - Let’s #fightflu !

If you are a trained staff immuniser we are challenging you to vaccinate at least 10 other colleagues in our fight against flu. One of our staff immunisers has already given the flu jab to more than 40 staff members – can you beat this? Let us know how many people you’ve helped protect from flu! Don't forget if you vaccinate any young people such as apprentices aged 16-17, you must use the specific patient group directive (PGD) for this age group.

This is Us staff engagement events 

The latest round of staff engagement sessions which have been held across the county have now finished. Thank you to all those who managed to take the time out of your busy days to come along. For those who were not able to make it to any event below is a brief summary of some of what was discussed:

  • We had discussions about the first draft of the new joint values for CPFT and NCUH and asked staff to feedback those thoughts to the Workforce & Organisational Development team. Please take a look at these and let us know what you think, what you like and don’t like and any other suggestions that you may have.
  • Stephen reminded staff that CPFT and NCUH have a joint executive team now and who they are. Judith Toland will join as Joint HR Director in November.
  • CPFT and NCUH are joining up their care group and divisions to make the patient pathways much easier.
  • We are now formally exploring the possibility of becoming a single organisation and this is just the first step to integrating health and care. There is a small team working with NHS Improvement to progress this and the current timeline is for completion in October 2019.
  • Stephen highlighted some of the ways the Trust is promoting a positive and diverse culture and also urged staff to complete their staff survey.
  • Staff shared their concerns especially around how our county wide services will be provided in the future. Stephen gave updates where he was able and we will be sharing a summary of these shortly. He also reiterated his commitment to share updates as soon as he is able in relation to these.

The full presentations are on the intranet on the This is us page.  Once we have collated all the feedback we will update this page with the answers to the concerns and issues that were raised in the meetings.

Staff survey - have you completed yours?

All members of staff have been sent the staff survey , if you have not completed yours please do so today. It should only take about ten minutes. Reminders are being sent out this week by Picker – this is NOT spam!

This is your chance to have a voice and feedback what it is like to work at the Trust and in your teams. It is anonymous and the results will be used to shape the trusts objectives and priorities next year. The closing date is 30th November.  Email address to look out for is




#Binitright campaign launched across Cumbria Partnership and North Cumbria Trusts.

Did you know that a recent audit by the acute trust showed that up to 90% of the waste that people put into our clinical bins should actually be going into the black general waste bins.

This is an issue because it costs a lot more (£178 more per tonne) to dispose of clinical waste than it does general waste.  Last year we sent 500 tonnes of clinical waste for incineration. Please can all staff take the effort to ensure that only clinical waste goes into clinical waste bins?

You will begin to see posters across all sites to help remind staff to do this. If you have any ideas about how we can reduce our waste please email

Honest about Money

As we approach the last five months of the calendar year, we are working hard to achieve our financial plan.  We know that both North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have been successful in delivering service quality improvements and financial improvements over the last few years.  By safely managing our resources we have been able to move closer to living within our means.   As part of this we have asked budget holders to minimise spending in particular areas where at all possible including:

We would be grateful for your support in this work and if you have any enquiries please speak to your budget holder or send these to

League of Friends donate equipment to the MSK team in Wigton

The League of Friends has recently kindly donated several pieces of equipment to the Musculoskeletal (MSK) physio team in Wigton. There was a full sized skeleton, models of a shoulder joint and a knee joint, hand weights, balance board and a pericalm which is a machine used to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles.

Morna McDowell, MSK Team Lead Wigton said “We would like to thank the League of Friends for their kind donation. This equipment will be a really useful additions for our team and will benefit our patients.”

The League of Friends raise money from coffee mornings, fetes, fayres and bequests to buy pieces of equipment which are extra to basic NHS provision, which enhance the care and rehabilitation of patients.

Dance helping stroke patients in innovative arts and health scheme

An innovative project using dance to build confidence, co-ordination and capability among survivors of stroke is improving the quality of life for those taking part.Stroke-Patients---dance-scheme

The initiative was celebrated as part of World Stroke Day on Monday October 29.

The dance and movement classes have been specially designed to support people to move more, reduce isolation and encourage better wellbeing; the results are encouraging. More on North Cumbria CCG's website

We have vacancies for Staff Governors in all localities in Cumbria

We are looking for enthusiastic people to nominate themselves as a candidate in the elections. If you wish to nominate yourself, you’ll then be asked to write a short piece about what you are passionate about and what skills you can bring. The voting then begins!
Governors are a really important part of a Foundation Trust; are able to contribute their views and ideas for the Trust’s future plans and priorities, as well as holding the Non-Executive Directors’ (NEDs) to account for the Boards performance. Being a governor is also a great way to engage with your community and learn more about local health services provided in your area. We need your fresh ideas to do this better.

Visit our intranet page for more details or email or call 01228 60 3761

Public invited to have thier say on the Alfred Barrow Centre

Work is progressing on the new health centre being built on the former site of the Alfred Barrow School. The build is two thirds of the way towards completion – it is due to open in Spring 2019 and architects are currently working on plans for the internal finishes. When complete CPFT will host the CAMHS and mental health services from the building.

The public are being invited to have their say in naming the new centre. The options are:

  • Alfred Barrow Health Centre
  • Alfred Barrow Primary Care Centre
  • Alfred Barrow Community Health and Care Hub

You can vote by filling out the poll on Morecambe Bay CCGs Facebook or Twitter pages, emailing or posting your choice in the voting boxes, located in Abbey Road Surgery, Atkinson Health Centre or Risedale Surgery – the three surgeries are moving into the centre. More on our news pages.

SPA-press-releaseSurgical pre-admissions unit in Carlisle makes a move to improve patient care

The Surgical Pre-admissions (SPA) unit at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle has been working on a series of improvements for patients before it moved to its new location last week.

The unit has relocated to the first floor of the hospital on the surgical floor, where Aspen ward was located. It was previously located on the ground floor and the move will mean all of the hospital’s surgical services are located together on one level, with the exception of day surgery which remains on the ground floor. 

The new location is much more convenient for patients and offers more privacy as it is much closer to the hospital’s theatres and they have far less distance to travel between their pre-assessment and their operation.  More on North Cumbria University Hospital's news pages

Care leavers urged to ‘reach for the sky’ during National Care Leavers’ Week 2018

This week Cumbria County Council is showcasing the achievements of it's care leavers around the county, in an effort to

encourage all of it's care leavers to aim high, as part of this year’s ‘reach for the sky’ theme during National Care Leavers’ Week (October 24th to 31st).matthewCorey

A total of 95 per cent of Cumbria’s care leavers are in education, employment or training, with 15 care experienced young people currently attending university.

Earlier this year seven care leavers from Cumbria graduated from university, with one gaining a Masters qualification and two more achieving first class degrees.

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Region to commemorate Armistice Centenary with 100 giant poppies

poppiessThe initiative, undertaken by Cumbria County Council’s Local Committee for Carlisle is intended to run alongside and support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, which launched on Thursday 25 October.

The large poppies will be mounted onto lamp posts from the launch day on Thursday 25 October and will remain in place until Armistice Day on Sunday 11 November Read more

South Lakeland to mark centenary of Armistice Day with Remembrance Trail

Kendal Library, with the support of Kendal Town Council and the Royal British Legion, has created a walking trail to commemorate their sacrifice along with those from Oxenholme. The trail will take you on a tour of where they lived before going off to war, with information posters located at each street recording the names of the Kendal and Oxenholme kwarmemsoldiers who once lived there. The names of 316 men from Kendal are recorded on the Kendal War Memorial on Stricklandgate.The soldiers of Kendal came from all walks of life and from all over the local area. Local researcher, David Shackleton, has identified the addresses of all those recorded on the War Memorial and  plotted them on a map. Read More

Draft Arnside & Silverdale AONB Management Plan 2019-24

Public Consultation open until 3rd December 2018:

The AONB Partnership is reviewing the Management Plan on behalf of Lancaster City Council, South Lakeland District Council, Lancashire County Council and Cumbria County Council, who have a statutory duty to review the AONB Management Plan every 5 years. You are invited to comment on the Draft Management Plan and supporting documents (Environmental Report and Habitats Regulations Assessment) between by 3rd December 2018. Please use the consultation response form provided. All of the information can be found on the AONB website here.

The budget announcement; what does it mean for health?

In this week's budget announcement, an unexpected £13bn windfall, resulting from better than expected tax receipts, meant that the Chancellor was able to honour the commitment to grant an additional £20.5 billion over 5 years to the NHS without raising taxes. Other big announcements included raising the personal tax free allowance, increasing the living wage and providing a £1bn boost to support the rollout of Universal Credit. NHS Providers have drafted a briefing which outlines the headlines for health and social care from the budget it is available on their website.

Useful updates 

Leadership team arrangements at West Cumberland Hospital       

As you will be aware, our senior managers working in NCUH work across both the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital sites.

In order to provide a more visible level of ‘day to day’ support at West Cumberland Hospital, the following members of the leadership team will be based at WCH from Thursday 1 November:

  • Yvonne Fairbairn – Associate chief operating officer, surgery
  • Andrea Tomlinson – Chief matron, surgery
  • Dr Paul Mead – Interim clinical director, medicine
  • Mr Mike Walker – Clinical director, surgery
  • Dr Claire Summers – Clinical lead for the Emergency Department
  • Richard Heaton – Interim deputy director of nursing, operations (to be based at WCH on Mondays and Thursdays)

The team will be a point of escalation for staff working at WCH and will work to ensure good collaborative working throughout the day. They will be hosting weekly meetings to discuss any challenges that may require senior input but also to identify opportunities to bring colleagues from front and back of house together and help plan for the week ahead.

The team will be sharing more information about the weekly meetings with staff at WCH as soon as the details have been confirmed.

CIC temporary car park closure – please park off site where possible

As users of CIC may have noticed, half of the temporary car park at CIC is now closed in order to make it permanent. It is expected to be completed by late December. The car parks are extremely busy at the moment so if you are able to, please consider using Devonshire Walk or an alternative form of transport while the work takes place.

Devonshire Walk (next to the Castle) is open from 6.30am-8.00pm. Any staff using this car park will be able to claim for their parking charges - permit holders who park there will also be refunded their permit charge. If any staff members are willing to do this, please let us know by emailing 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.

Work is continuing on the second phase of the A&E access road and now access to A&E and car park C is via the original route from the main drive and the traffic lights on Newtown Road. Access to car park B and the rear of the hospital will remain via diversion from Infirmary Street until Monday 5 November.

Cumbria County Council Directory of Services

Cumbria County Council produce a Directory of Services providing information about services and support available in Cumbria.   It has recently been reviewed and updated:

Staff may find it useful for signposting patients or you may want to include a link on your website.

Updates to E-Learning: New Learning Certifications

The national Core Skills Training Framework e-learning courses have now been updated so all content and assessments are in one package. As part of this project, the Statutory and Mandatory Training Team will be withdrawing the previous Learning Certifications and creating new ones which will be prefixed with '262 UK CSTF'.

You will be subscribed onto the new certifications by the week commencing 05/11/2018 ready for when you need to complete this training. If you have already completed the course and are showing as compliant within your Learning Letter, then you do not need to complete the new certification until you next fall out of compliance.

A new user guide will be available showing you how to complete this training which will be found on this page

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


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Training | Development | Support Opportunities

Workforce Update

Click HERE to see our weekly updates page.

Opportunity to shape our organisation – Staff Survey reminder

The closing date for this years’ Staff Survey is fast approaching and we’d like to remind all staff that this is your chance to have a voice and feedback what it is like to work at the Trust and in your teams. The survey is anonymous and should only take around 10 minutes to complete, and the results will be used to shape the Trust’s objectives and priorities next year.

So far 26% of our staff have completed the survey but we really need at least 50% for meaningful results.

The contractor, Picker, have had some technical difficulties so don’t worry if you didn’t receive the initial email invite.

They are now sending all reminder emails from, or search for NHS Staff Survey 2018 in your inbox.

JOIN Our Amazing People

Job of the week: Registered Nurse, Ellerbeck Ward

“A team where each individual is recognised as a valued member.” #isthisyou

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the friendly & hardworking team on Ellerbeck ward at Workington Community Hospital as a band 5 nurse #WeAreTheNHS

Applications now open for Education & Learning Individual Bursary Funding

Want to learn new skills that will help to improve patient care? ‘Workforce upskilling funds’ for individual bursaries are now available from Health Education England (HEE). NCUH & CPFT will be awarding individual bursaries up to £1000 per person in 2018. Applications are open to all non-medical staff (medical staff have a different CPD funding route) who think an education and learning bursary could support their development and help them to achieve their objectives.

Please complete the application form and follow the guidance as closely as possible. Applications need to be submitted by Friday 23rd November to


Model Mental Health Trust and Model Community Health Services masterclass: an introduction

Monday 5 November, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, online

Join this webinar to learn about how to use and interpret the new Model Mental Health and Model Community Health Services digital information tools, launching on Monday 5 November. You will hear about how to meaningfully identify improvement opportunities, how to benchmark your clinical area against other trusts and you will be able to ask questions throughout the webinar. Register now.

Lease Cars available for transfer (keep this in at all times)

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.


Military records of north Cumbria on parade 


Cumbria Archive centre's next Discovery Evening will showcase records of military organisation and activity in north Cumbria and the consequences of warfare locally.

On Tuesday 13 November 2018 between 16:00 – 19:00 you can see records of border conflict from the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, early county militia enlistment and ballot papers, local regiments, the Lonsdale Battalion and the Border Regiment, records from the Crimean and Boer Wars and the two World Wars of the 20th century. Records on display will include photographs, maps, correspondence, memoirs and ephemera.

The evening will feature an illustrated presentation on war memorials by local history expert, Stephen White, Local Studies Librarian at Carlisle Library, from 5.45-6.30pm.

Refreshments will be available for a small donation. The event is at Carlisle Archive Centre. Lady Gillford's House, Petteril Bank Road, Carlisle CA1 3AJ. for more informaiton and to book onto the event please see their website

Living with and beyond cancer

This event is for people going through cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is an informal, half day course to support your recovery and rehabilitation after cancer. The focus of this event is the psychological and emotional consequences of going through cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The content is flexible and your priorities will be discussed. Family and friends are welcome. Lunch and refreshments provided.

If you would like to attend or have any questions, please contact Muhammad on 07810 153 914, or email You can also book through your Specialist Nurse.

If you are unable to attend but would be interested in future events, please contact us using the above details.

For our staff from our staff 


District nurse secures Kate Granger Scholarship for medical trianing

A district nurse from the Penrith team has secured a special scholarship to support her to continue her medical training. Linda Graham team leader said:

“We are very proud of Jodie Hebson, a member of my community nursing team staff, who has been successful in securing a Kate Granger Scholarship to support her medical training.

Jodi worked with the District Nurse Team in Penrith for over three years since she qualified as an RGN. Jodi flourished as a nurse and was a committed member of the team but was always keen to undertake her medical training. She successfully secured a place starting in September and has been fortunate to be awarded a full Kate Granger Scholarship to support her training.

Whilst we will miss Jodi in nursing, I am sure her nursing experiences, compassion and high standards of care will be evident in her future role.”

NHS Discounts

We’ve updated our NHS discount list to show you exactly where you can make some great savings online

If you haven’t already registered, you can sign up here for free and start using the discounts straight away.




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