Partnership News 4th October 2018

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Thursday 4th October 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 jabs arriving this week!

They’re here! Flu jabs have made their way back into the Trust ready to protect you from catching this year’s strain of the flu virus.

Take a look at our clinic dates and make sure you go along and get your #jabdone. You need the vaccine every year. If you were vaccinated last year, you joined the fight against flu and took an extra step towards excellent patient care. Please do the same again this year, as you won’t be protected against the new strains of flu that are circulating.

Everyone who has their vaccine before the end of October will be entered into a prize draw. This includes staff who have their vaccination at the GP or pharmacy, just let us know by emailing: by the end of October.

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.

Have look at our up and coming clinic dates.

Message for Flu Peer Vaccinators

Our programme can’t run successfully without your support. You will remember that when you had your training update we tasked each of you with vaccinating 10 of your colleagues. If everyone we have trained this year can give just 10 flu jabs to their colleagues at work, we will have more than sufficient capacity to vaccinate the whole trust and more! Everything you need is on the intranet:

PGDs (remember to print & sign with your manager), Consent forms, Pictorial guides to your ‘Imms Kit’, guide to moving vaccines, etc.

It is essential that you have had your immunisation update, and have completed your Basic Life Support within the past 12 months and remember you need to have access to Adrenaline close by when you immunise.

If you think you can help further (maybe by agreeing to provide a lunchtime clinic for your colleagues?) please let us know at and we can help by booking clinic space etc.

Staff Engagement sessions - joint trust values to be discussed - have your say!

Please note new date and time for Whitehaven session.

The next round of staff engagement events with Stephen Eames start next week.  Have you booked your place?

At thisround of events Stephen will be exclusively sharing a first draft of the joint values that a cross section of staff have been working on. Have your say about what you think of them and how they can be improved.

It's also an opportunity to ask Stephen and the wider executive team any questions you may have about countywide services, our work to join with North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust as well as sharing your successes and raising 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  
  • Wednesday 31st Oct | 3pm – 4.30pm | 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 so make a note of the dates in your diary.

Summit for mental health, CAMHS, learning disability & autism staff

Following feedback from the last CEO staff engagement sessions  in May, Stephen Eames, Chief Executive planned to hold a second summit for staff working within mental health, CAMHS and learning disability services. The first staff summit took place in Penrith and we now have a second session planned in Barrow.

It will be an opportunity for staff to link directly with Stephen about the ongoing work to address the future of those services in more depth.

The summit will take place on Tuesday 23rd October from  2pm – 4pm at The Forum, Barrow.

If you would like to attend, please contact the communications helpdesk via or 01228 603890 so we have an idea of numbers attending.

Helping you to reduce travelling times 

Last week the Honest about Money campaign explained that last year the two trusts spent nearly £3m on business mileage. Much of this is needed to for patient care but what we are able to try and reduce is the time and money spent on travelling to and from meetings.

Many staff spend hours a month travelling to and from meetings. It is really frustrating and not the best use of our time but did you know that there could be alternatives that mean you don’t need to make that journey?

One of the most simple ways to avoid travelling is to make sure that the meeting is booked in rooms that have Video Conferencing (“VC”) capability. Between CPFT and NCUH, there are over 24 VC enabled rooms available at any one time across the county (and growing) – see list here.

If video conferencing isn’t available (or isn’t suitable), then the next alternative is to hold a teleconference. The main feedback we get from people attempting teleconferences is that the sound equipment isn’t of a high enough quality to understand what’s going on. To address these issues our IT teams have done a small audit of some rooms and have provided these top tips for arranging teleconferences:

  • For a small meeting room (1-4 people) then a simple mobile device / desk phone (with speaker) will be sufficient.
  • For medium size meeting rooms (5-10 people) then a ‘spider phone’ is the most appropriate equipment to use.
  • For the very largest rooms (10 people +), the VC system can and should be used for teleconferences as neither a spider phone or mobile device will provide the necessary sound quality.
  • Check out the list of places that have VC facilities

If you have any queries on these matters then please contact your IT helpdesk.

Next week, the honest about money campaign will be explaining some of the new systems being put in place by IT that could reduce our need to travel to meetings even further.


Appointment of Joint Heads of Service – Digital Healthcare

Following approval by the Boards of CPFT and NCUH for the formation of an integrated IM&T structure, we are pleased to announce the following Joint Leadership appointments:

  • Yvonne Salkeld – Joint Head of Information Governance and DPO
  • Natalie Karam – Joint Head of Information and Patient Services
  • Laura Parkinson – Joint Head of Digital Programmes
  • Steven Johnstone – Joint Head of IT

Farouq Din, our Joint Associate Director of Digital Healthcare said: 

Yvonne, Natalie, Laura and Steven will work with me to deliver the benefits of integration for the Trusts.  We anticipate being in a position, by mid-November, to start to talk to you about how to integrate our services.  We will keep you updated regarding exact timescales once these are agreed.  In the meantime please do contact any of us if you have any questions or concerns.

New team structure for the safeguarding team

There have also been changes within the Safeguarding Team. The new team structure is:

  • Susan Mein – Named Nurse for Safeguarding (Children)
  • Kelly Marsden – Interim Named Nurse for Safeguarding (Adults)
  • Claire O’Neill – Specialist Safeguarding Nurse
  • Danny McAllister – Specialist Safeguarding Nurse

*Please do not contact the Safeguarding Team individually all Safeguarding Concerns must be made through the Safeguarding Duty Line on 01228 608887

Please see here for further updates from our safeguarding team including

  • Trianing dates for level 3 safeguarding children in October and November
  • Secret codes children could be using
  • The new Integrated Independent Domestic & Sexual Abuse Crisis Service 
  • Useful links and resources

Mock CQC reviews continue 

The mock CQC inspections are well underway across CPFT in preparation for our full inspection which we are expecting later in the year.

The mock inspection follows the same style as a CQC inspection and is being undertaken independently by staff from the North East.

Services which have been covered so far are: Adult inpatient mental health units, CAMHS, Children’s LD services and ALIS services. The mock inspections have shown some areas of notable practice as well as areas where we can make improvements. These reports will be shared with the services and improvement plans are being prepared.

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.  From the inspections that have taken place so far, staff have reported that they have been helpful in preparing them for the full CQC inspection. 

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

The timetable for the rest of the mock inspections is as follows (notes dates may change depending on circumstances)

  • 3 & 4th Oct – Memory and later life community services 
  • 10 & 11th Oct – Adult Learning Disabilities and Autism Services  (dates to be finalised)
  • 16 & 17th Oct – Memory and later life inpatient services 
  • MH Adult community teams review – dates to be confirmed
  • Plans to do further inspection on community, specialist and children’s physical health services mid – late October
  • Well Led inspection – 5 & 6th November.

Improvement works at CIC and car parking changes

Over the coming weeks there are a series of improvement works scheduled to take place at the Cumberland Infirmary to prepare for the development of the new cancer centre and an extension to the A&E department.

On Monday 8 October:

  • An extension to the A&E department will begin:

The road to A&E will be closed from Monday 8 October, a diversion will be in place to provide vehicular access to A&E, and car parks C and B via Infirmary Street and we will be informing the general public through the media.  A map has been produced to make access routes clear, please click here. Pedestrian access will remain throughout. More details are on the North Cumbria Hospitals website

  • Preparation work will begin for the demolition of the old tower block, to make way for the new cancer centre

The preparation work on the old tower block will require the loss of parking spaces around the building. Please do not park around the tower block from Monday 8 October as barriers will be going up to seal the area off ahead of demolition work.

The mobile MRI scanner, which normally parks in the area at the old tower block, will be moved to a section of car park E at the side of the hospital.

On Monday 15 October:

  • Temporary car park closure:

The temporary gravel car park will close and work will begin to make this a permanent car park with an appropriate surface.

This is all fantastic news however it will mean there will be some temporary disruption as these improvements take place.  Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum and we ask for your support and patience as the work takes place.

It is planned that the work will be completed and the car park reopen on Monday 10 December.

To compensate for the loss of parking spaces at CIC we will be opening up the bottom of car park A for staff from Monday 15 October. Staff will be able to park, with a valid permit clearly on display, from the barriers down (see map for details).

We are also asking staff, who are able to, to use Devonshire Walk car park (near Carlisle Castle) as an alternative during the period of the works. Staff can claim back the cost of using this car park on their expenses (£2.50 per day) for the duration of the temporary car park closure. Please be aware that this car park is closed between 8pm and 6.30am.

The pay on exit barriers will go live once the work above has been completed which is expected to be in December.

Thank you for your cooperation and we will keep you updated as work progresses. If you have any questions please contact

Stoptober is here! 

Monday 1st October saw the launch of this year’s Stoptober campaign. The campaign encourages smokers to stop in the month of October and if successful, are much more likely to quit for good.

Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them - with options including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes. People wanting to quit can search 'Stoptober' online for a free Personal Quit Plan.

The Trust is committed to improving the lives of our staff, patients, visitors and Stoptober is a a good opportunity to encourage patients and staff that quitting is the best thing they can do for their health. To find out more please visit the website.

Flying the flag for Cumbria Pride celebrations

You may have noticed that we were flying the flag in support of Cumbria Pride last week at West Cumberland Hospital, the Cumberland Infirmary and Hilltop Heights..  We also joined with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay and Cumbria Partnership to host stands at the main Cumbria Pride event which took place last weekend.

Our services joined with NHS colleagues at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay and NCUH to host a number of stands from sexual health to memory matters aging with pride. We took part in the march from the town centre and were pleased that there were some staff joining some of our networks.

Stephen Eames, Chief Executive of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said, “We are proud to fly the Pride flag in show of our support for the diversity of our local communities and to champion their work.  As an employer of a large workforce we have established staff networks reflecting a range of diverse groups to help us raise both good practice and concerns in our workforce. It’s a positive commitment for our workforce and communities to see.”

Thanks to all staff who took part 

Dr Kate Granger Scholarship opportunity for one Cumbrian student 

The 2019 MBBS is now accepting applications, the UCAS deadline for UK students is 15th October 2018. 

The Dr Kate Granger Scholarship is offered jointly by UCLan and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. It will cover all tuition fees for the duration of the 5 year programme and clinical placement costs in the respective Trusts; plus a bursary for subsistence which will be equal to the maximum amount of subsistence allowance that the student would be entitled to if they were to borrow from the Student Loans Company. The latter will be means tested as part of the UCLan’s MBBS UK Scholarship application process.

Scholarship students will be taught alongside the MBBS cohort throughout the 5 year programme, commencing at the Preston campus. The successful applicants will ideally be resident in Copeland or Allerdale. If no successful applicant from Copeland or Allerdale is eligible then students from the wider Cumbria region will be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from widening participation students and those who may have faced barriers to HE. More information can be found at the Course page. Scholarship information can be found here. 

Community staff in North Lancashire join UHMBT

The aspiration of providing integrated care across Morecambe Bay took a giant leap forward this week as more than 300 staff working in community services in North Lancashire join the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), in partnership with Bay Health and Care Partners. This follows the transfer of CPFT community staff earlier this year. Read the full story.

Latest News from Cumbria County Council

In this issue:

  • Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service recruiting full-time firefighters
  • Selling dangerous car costs used car trader £4,300
  • County council asks LGBT community to think about fostering and adoption
  • Traineeship scheme launched
  • Thinking about adoption?
  • Cumbria Pride this weekend
  • Stoptober
  • Top children’s narrator at libraries in Cumbria

The 2018 CSAB staff survey is now open

Cumbria Safeguarding Adults Board are seeking the views of practitioners from across the partnership who work together in Cumbria to safeguard adults from abuse and neglect. Can we please encourage you all to take 5 minutes to answer the questions in the survey.  The survey is annoymous and responses will not be attributed to individuals.  

Please support board development and inform strategic planning by completing the survey – your views are important.  Please use this opportunity to share as much feedback and ideas as you can.  Feedback gathered will make a contribution to improving and shaping services in the future.

Cumbria Safeguarding Adults Board survey

LSCB 5 Minute Briefing - Would you like to be a Neglect Practice Champion?

This year's annual event is taking place on Wednesday 24 October 2018 10 am to 4pm at Cumbria House, Carlisle.

At this years event we have Juliet Ramage, National Lead on Neglect for A4C presenting the learning from Ofsted’s thematic review of neglect and older children and talking about the Action for Children’s Revolving Door report. Nigel Holme from the Resilience Project will be talking to us about the impact of adverse childhood experiences from a survivors perspective.

If you would like to attend, book your place by emailing LSCB office

Useful updates

Update on healthier Lancashire and south Cumbria

For all the latest news from Healthier Lancashire and south Cumbria please read their latest newsletter. 

Suspect emails being received

Suspect Emails are currently receiving emails that claim users' accounts and passwords have been hacked, the content is pornographic in nature and a request to transfer money is included. These emails are NOT genuine and can be ignored

However, if the password in the email has been used for any of your accounts at any time (including personal accounts such as Hotmail or online shopping) then change all these passwords immediately.

Never use the same password for any of your accounts whether work related or personal as if one is guessed it could allow a hacker into all your accounts. Change your passwords frequently for all accounts and use something that is not easy to guess.

If you receive the email please forward it to and then delete it from your inbox and empty your deleted items folder. If you have any concerns about security please contact the IT Service desk.

National Early Warning Score changes to National Early Warning Score 2

The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) has changed to National Early Warning Score 2 (NEWS) 2 on Monday 1st October.

NEWS is based on a simple aggregate scoring system chart in which a score is allocated to physiological measurements, already recorded in routine practice, when patients present to, or are being monitored in hospital.

Updates have now been made to the chart and NEWS2 now includes:

  • the recording of physiological parameters has been reordered to align with the Resuscitation Council (UK) ABCDE sequence
  • the ranges for the boundaries of each parameter score are now shown on the chart
  • the chart has a dedicated section (SpO2 Scale 2) for use in patients with hypercapnic respiratory failure who have clinically recommended oxygen saturation of 88–92%
  • the section of the chart for recording the rate of (L/min) and method/device for supplemental oxygen delivery has been improved
  • the importance of considering serious sepsis in patients with known or suspected infection, or at risk of infection, is emphasised. A NEW score of 5 or more is the key trigger threshold for urgent clinical review and action
  • the addition of ‘new confusion’ score (which includes disorientation, delirium or any new alteration to mentation) to the AVPU score, which becomes ACVPU (where C represents confusion)
  •  the chart has a new colour scheme, reflecting the fact that the original red–amber–green colours were not ideal for staff with red/green colour blindness.

What does this mean for clinicians in CPFT?

  1. From 1st October clinicians will need to stop using the old charts and archive them.
  2. Replace the old charts with the NEWS2 charts and start using them immediately
  3. EMIS uses NEWS2 so you will be able to click on the ‘calculate now’ button to assist you.
  4. The clinical skills team do provide training on physiological obs and NEWS2 is an element covered if you feel you need face to face training

To ensure a safe transition to NEWS2 in your areas :

  •          e-Learning training is available
  •          New NEWS2 charts will be available, replace your old charts with these. Your manager will be able to advise you here.
  •          NEWS2 Champions are on hand for advice-  Contact your care group's quality and safety leads for more info

Please check out this training from the Royal College of Physicians - If you have any questions please speak to your manager.

NEWS 2 Course Now Available

The Statutory & Mandatory Training Team are pleased to announce that the updated NEWS e-learning course is now available to self-enrol onto!

The NEWS 2 training is targeted to clinical staff responsible in clinical practice for monitoring patient observation using the NEWS 2 tool.

Please click here to view the flyer for further information about this training, and here for the self-enrolment guide.

Read this section 
each week for new:
Training | Development | Support Opportunities

Workforce Update

Expenses Queries?

For any expense queries, please contact our new payroll provider via email: or phone: 0191 203 1234.

Planned ESR Outage

ESR Users are advised that the system will be withdrawn on a national level at 18:00 on Friday 5th October 2018, in order for IBM to apply contractual updates. There will be no access Employee/Supervisor Self Service, Payroll, e-learning, TRS and all professional core users.   

As you may be aware, ESR is a national system and managed centrally, we have no influence over downtime and updates.  The only feasible time for IBM to apply these updates is outside of the payroll period which coincides at the end of the month to ensure monies are paid on time.

Service is expected to become available by 23:59 on Sunday 7th October 2018.

Users are asked to note the 18:00 closure time for the on-line Service on Friday and co-operation is requested to ensure that all Users are logged off by 18:00 and that no data in any system interfaced with ESR is sent after 2:30pm.

ESR Link

From 23rd November, the only route into ESR will be via the following link: This is the link which all trust computers should have on their desktop, available in the favourites and accessible from home or personal devices. We do not anticipate many issues in expiry of the old link into ESR, as we have been using the new portal link since December 2017, but there may be some computers which still have the old link available on the desktop. If this is the case, you will still be able to access ESR via the correct link in your Internet Explorer favourites.


A friendly reminder that all employees have access to Employee Self Service and should be using this to access electronic payslips. From June 2018, paper payslips stopped and employees were advised to access these electronically instead. The expectation is that all employees should have their login details available should they need to access this information outside of work (non-working day/time, annual leave, absence). Further guidance is available on the intranet on how to access these.

Notice to all expenses and ePay Users

Workforce Services are receiving an increasing amount of requests for out of course payments due to the employee not submitting their claims, submitting them late or the manager not authorising before the deadline. Please can you submit your claims at the start of the month rather than leaving it past the 7th of the month in order to give the authoriser enough time to review, authorise or reject the claims.  SEL expenses and SBS timesheet systems can be accessed at home and on mobile devices, a Trust network is not necessary.

**Polite reminder** Expenses and timesheet payments are paid one month in arrears and staff must claim accordingly.  There has been an increase in staff claiming hours for the current month to be paid in the same month.

JOIN Our Amazing People #isthisyou?

Job of the week: Registered Nurse, Copeland Unit

“Sometimes I inspire my patients, most often they inspire me.”
Providing support to patients who require rehabilitation, sub-acute care & sometimes complex discharge planning as part of a multi-disciplinary team #isthisyou
An exciting opportunity for a B5 nurse on the Copeland Unit in Whitehaven: a 20 bed GP/nurse led step up step down unit which provides medical, nursing, rehabilitation and end of life care #WeAreTheNHS

All of our jobs can be found here

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 

Annual staff survey is launched

The annual NHS staff survey launches 4th October and this year again every member of staff will receive a survey – either by email or to their work address.  The NHS Staff Survey is one of the best ways for you to share your views about your job, the organisation and the NHS.  It is entirely confidential and your responses are sent to an outside organisation called Picker.  More information can be found on the staff survey website.

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 

Cumbria Resilience Project

ACE’s dates are listed below and the event website to log your interest. This is about the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the now proven link with mental and physical health outcomes across the lifespan. The CEO is a 10 ACEs survivor and a core participant in the IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) currently chaired by Professor Alexis Jay OBE, and author of the book: ACEs in the shadows. All the open events can be booked with free tickets here. 

  • 8th October 1930, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
  • 12th October 1000, Ullswater Community College
  • 17th October 1815, West Cumbria People First, Workington

 Functional Skills courses

Are you hoping to become a qualified or registered healthcare practitioner or are you supporting staff who wish to develop into these roles?  Do you have your GCSE English, IT & Maths A-C grades or the equivalent Level 2 Numeracy & Literacy qualifications? If not, please contact to avoid disappointment as these are essential to be able to access these career opportunities.  If you have not achieved these or do not have certificated evidence when you apply for these courses, you will not secure a place.  Make sure you have checked you still have your certificates. 

Functional Skills on Workforce and OD Intranet

Free self-harm & suicide alertness training for professionals working with children & young people

This workshop will look at:

  • Examining the local and national context and being aware that self harm and suicide are major public health issues
  • Seeking to dispel some myths about self-harm and suicide and looking at our own and societal attitudes
  • Helping colleagues to identify issues, discuss and help a young person to seek further support
  • Understanding and using the Cumbria Self-Harm Guidance & Pathway and being aware of other support available
  • Understanding the importance of asking directly about thoughts of suicide and the importance of safety planning  

Upcoming dates: 

  • Workington Fire Station Thursday 15 November 9.30 –1pm
  • Carlisle East Fire Station: Thursday 22 November 9.30-1pm
  • Penrith Fire Station: Tuesday 27 November 9.30-1pm

For more details please email: or to book a place go to

More information is available on the Intranet. 

Free suicide alertness training

This workshop will look at:

  • The facts and figures around suicide
  • Why we should talk about suicide
  • What we can do to help prevent suicide
  • The 'signs' that someone may be having thoughts of suicide
  • Why it is important to ask directly about suicidal thoughts and our roles in safety planning
  • What resources are available locally and nationally

Upcoming dates:

More sessions in the south and north of the county will be available soon– for more details contact Juliet on

If you have any questions or concerns about the training prior to the event please contact Juliet from Carlisle Eden Mind on 01228 543 354 or email:

More information is available on the Intranet. 


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: . Alternatively, you can contact the Governor Support team on 01228 608815 to book your place. More details are available on our website.

CPFT/NCUH Clinical Effectiveness and Audit Teams

The CPFT and NCUH Clinical Effectiveness and Audit teams got together for the first time at an away day in Cockermouth on 14th September.

The day started with a getting to know you session with everyone talking a little about themselves and their roles, and moved on to discussions aimed at increasing everyone’s understanding of the both differences and the common ground in the work, processes and systems of the two teams.

Update on the recent high profile Bawa Garba Case

Rachel Woodall, GMC Regional Advisor will be running a session at the Cumberland Infirmary Education Centre Lecture Theatre on Thursday 11th October 4-5pm giving an update on the most recent high profile Bawa Garba Case.

Rachel will be happy to answer questions following the session. Please contact Catherine Bird for more information and to book your place

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


 For our staff from our staff 



Changes to the Maryport District Nursing Team number

The Maryport district nursing team have changed to a different number for evening and out of hours. The new number is 07825842297, this should be use Monday - Friday 6pm - 10:30pm and Saturday - Sunday & public holidays 4:30pm - 10:30pm. 

Are you aware of the health benefits of reading?

This year National Libraries week (8-13th Oct) has a focus on supporting mental health and wellbeing. 76% of adults say reading improves their life and makes them feel good. North Cumbria Libraries Health & Wellbeing collection features self-help books and the Reading Well Books on Prescription collection for Mental Health. Try a new author from our Book swap.

Get to know the Library staff at the Shape Up health fairs: West Cumberland Hospital (Tuesday 2nd October) and Cumberland Infirmary (Tuesday 9th October) or come and have Five minutes piece at the jigsaw table at Carlisle and Whitehaven Education centre libraries.

For more information see the Library website or follow us on Twitter @NorthCumbriaLKS

Wellbeing support and advice FREE for all staff from Validium 

This month's newsletter from our Validium, our employee assistance programme is here.

Please visit their website for a range of extremely helpful advice on all kinds of issues from wellbeing to legal advcie and everything in between.

Trust Talk Annual Report out now

You’ll have noticed over the past year we’ve joined up our Trust Talk magazine so it shares what’s going on across both CPFT and NCUH and that’s exactly what we’ve done with our first ever joint summary Trust Talk Annual Report.

It’s been a year of much change within both Trusts. We have made some great progress towards integrating health and care services locally, and this work will continue into 2018/19.

In this special edition you can read about all the work that’s been going over the past year (2017/18), including what’s gone well as well as the challenges and our plans for the future.

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 Job Interview Tips and Typical Questions

We know that our healthcare workers are passionate about the work they do. It is the energy that keeps them moving forward to do great things.

With that in mind we’ve put together the Top 5 NHS Job Interview Tips, and the typical questions you can expect to hear when applying for your new role.

So, for the ambitious among you, are you thinking of going for an internal promotion? Do you need some material for your training pack or to accompany a currently advertised position?

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Contact us

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