Partnership News 6th December 2018

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Thursday 6th December 2018

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Top Stories

Board of directors agree next steps for future of mental health and learning disability services in Cumbria

Our board of directors at has considered the outline business case for the provision of future of mental health and learning disability services in the county.

Stephen Eames, chief executive said:

I promised to keep you updated about the work we are doing to improve the quality of our mental health and learning disability services following the Board meeting last week.

“The board of directors agreed in principle, that transferring services in north Cumbria to Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) would provide the best outcome for patients in the long term to improve the quality of services.  The Trust’s increasingly strengthened partnership with NTW and the board of directors future role in providing integrated healthcare across north Cumbria have been important factors in the decision.

“This means that in north Cumbria, we will develop a full business case early next year with a view to transferring services to NTW in October 2019.  The full business case will need to address issues including the arrangements for services that are provided in north Cumbria but also serve the county.

“In south Cumbria, the board has delayed their judgement on progressing to a full business case pending the outcome of quality assurance work at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT).”

More information is available on our website:

Keeping staff updated - Carlisle date added:

Stephen Eames and the Trust chairman Robin Talbot along with mental health leads have been speaking to mental health staff from across the county this week, in Barrow, Kendal and west Cumbria.

We have also now booked a session for Carlisle staff on TUESDAY 11TH DECEMBER 9.30 -10.30am  in the Ruskin meeting room, Carelton Clinic.

Staff feedback and questions from all of these sessions will be collated and published for staff to read and share on staff webpages by next week.

Update on formally joining our North Cumbria And Cumbria Partnership Trusts

We wanted to ensure all staff are updated on the current plans and processes that are underway to formally join our organisations together, potentially from October 2019.

Early this year (May) we told you of the decision of the Boards of NCUH and CPFT to explore options for how we might join the two organisations together to further improve our integrated working across the communities we serve.  This is part of our long term ambitions for developing an Integrated Health & Care System. Over the past few months, a small team has been working with partners locally and our regulators nationally to look at options. 

A key stage of the process is the development of the Case for Change which we will be taking to both NCUH and CPFT boards to consider in December. Following consideration by the boards, it will be sent to our regulator NHS Improvement for review and feedback before we develop a Full Business Case in early 2019.  In the New Year we will be looking to involve staff from both organisations and governors from CPFT and will be talking to you about the potential change in more detail.  If our proposals are approved by both Boards and NHS Improvement we are expecting that a merger between the two organisations would take place in October 2019.  If you have any queries or questions please contact or

New staff website launches in December

Your new staff website for NCUH and CPFT is launching in December. The website is much more user-friendly and modern with a helpful search facility. It can also be accessed on mobiles and when you’re off the network so you don’t need a Trust machine to access it.

When the new site launches, it will automatically open in your browser as the current intranet does. Don’t worry if you’re in in a rush and just want to grab something from the intranet though, you will still be able to access the old sites at the top of the page but we would like to encourage you to get know the new site and have a look through. Content will be added as teams across the trusts join together so if your service or department doesn’t have a page yet this will be developed in due course.

After you’ve seen the site please let us know what you think at


Our winter edition of Trust Talk is out now!

Our latest edition of Trust Talk is now out. In this winter themed edition you can read about our latest news and updates across both of our organisations including some of our new campaigns such as “No place like home”, our revamped membership campaign and special winter themed features.

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

We’d love to know what you think of Trust Talk – please email with any feedback to help us keep improving.

Stay well this winter - Campaign launched to get Cumbria 'Winter Ready'

A campaign is being launched as part of Cumbria’s ‘winter ready’ plans to support the county’s residents and businesses during the coming months. A wide range of information about all things winter related is available on the campaign’s revamped website,

 It seeks to ensure people have the right information, advice and guidance at their fingertips. It has been developed, and is supported by, a wide range of partners including Cumbria County Council, the six District Councils, NHS, Cumbria Community Foundation and the Environment Agency.

Starting a nursing career in Cumbria: Kylie & Sammy

Nurses Sammy Concannon and Kylie Riley, both from Carlisle, have recently started their careers in Cumbria after qualifying this summer. They’ve shared their journey so far, explaining why they chose nursing and what tips they have for others considering the profession. Read full story. 

Cumbria leading the way with HIV research

In the past three years Cumbria sexual health services have reinvented themselves to become an active research partner. Most recently the team has been involved in the national IMPACT trial- looking at the take up and use of drugs that prevent people from acquiring HIV through sex. Read full story. 


Cumbrians urged to give HIV the finger for World Aids day

For World AIDS Day Cumbria Sexual Health Services urged people to take a very simple finger prick test to check for the virus. A number of pharmacies across the county now offer the service which was made possible through a partnership between Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, OutREACH Cumbria, the Local Pharmacy Committee and the County Council. Read full story.

Do you know how flu spreads?

Imagine there was a disease that kills 8000 people a year in England. This disease spreads from sick people to healthy people. But it can also spread from people who have no symptoms like doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers and to the vulnerable patients they come in contact with. Now imagine this disease was preventable by a vaccine that you had to have only once a year and that takes less than five minutes of your time. 

This disease is the flu. The prevention is the flu jab. Watch this video for the full facts.

Take a look on our flu fighting page for the latest flu clinics and get your flu jab done! If you can’t make any of the advertised clinics get in touch with the flu fighting team who can arrange a date to suit you. Thank you to those who have already had their jab - 57.2% of front line staff have now had theirs. 

Royal College of Nursing President visit

Yesterday, the Royal College of Nursing President Cecilia Anim visited Cumbria and spent time with some of our  nursing teams including teams at the Cumberland Infirmary, West Cumberland Hospital and Eden Community Nursing Team in Penrith. Cecilia met and thanked the nursing staff and students for their enthusiastic and hard work.

Fruit and Veg – Carelton Clinic pop up site

Supporting the health and wellbeing of our staff is a priority for NCUH and CPFT.  To make it easy as possible for staff to access fresh fruit and veg, we are also trialling running some pop up fruit and veg stalls in addition to the weekly stalls at CIC and WCH. 

On Wednesday 12th December, CountryStyle Fruit and Veg will be in the staff canteen at Carelton Clinic from 11:00am-2:30pm. The stall will be open to staff, patients and visits. Local produce is sourced when available and the stall cuts down on unnecessary plastic packaging. Cash and card payments are accepted. You can purchase individually weighed fruit and veg or a veg box and pre order a Christmas veg box for FREE local delivery in the Carlisle area. 

Drivers urged to plan ahead this Christmas as officers crackdown on drug and drink drivers

Cumbria Road Safety Partnership is supporting a national campaign this month aimed at ridding our roads of those who abuse drugs and alcohol before getting behind the wheel. The partnership is made up of agencies – including Cumbria Constabulary - which work to make Cumbria’s roads safer for all. Cumbria Constabulary works every day of the year to take drug and drink-drivers off our roads. However, in the lead up to Christmas and New Year and many people going out for work parties, officers will be looking out for anyone who is unfit to be in charge of a vehicle. Read the full story.

Consultation on plan for Cumbria’s future health and wellbeing

The public are invited to have their say on a 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 will work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the county’s residents and reduce health inequalities. The Health and Wellbeing Board are encouraging Cumbrian residents and organisations to review the plan and share their feedback at

Useful updates 

Orders for FP10 Prescription Pads over the Christmas and New Year Period – Deadline Wednesday 12 December

The NHS Print contract will be operating a reduced service between Christmas and New Year.  To ensure pre-Christmas delivery please place orders before Wednesday 12 December.  Any order placed after this date will not be delivered until the week of 2 January 2019.

Changes to phone number: Requesting urgent or emergency ambulance transport for your patient

On Monday 3 December, North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) launched a new telephone number for healthcare professionals to request an ambulance for patients who need urgent or emergency transportation to hospital or between hospital sites.

Healthcare professional line: 0345 140 0144

This will replace the various existing local telephone numbers. However, existing numbers will automatically divert to the new number during the pilot to support patient safety. The healthcare professional line is not for use by members of the public. Healthcare professionals and the public can still call 999 in immediately life-threatening emergencies.

More details and resources for healthcare professionals are now available to download on the NWAS website – on the ‘Requesting ambulance transport for a patient’ page.

Changes to reporting a death

Please note that all deaths must now be reported to the coroner electronically through the council’s online system. Deaths reported via telephone will no longer be accepted.

The system can be accessed 24/7 enabling referrals to be made out of hours, normal office hours and at weekends. When referring a death you will be asked to provide the details of the deceased, the circumstances surrounding the death and where appropriate, a cause of death. You can also attach any relevant documents or medical records appropriate to the referral.

The system can be accessed at

Instructions and login details can be downloaded here

The Hospital Transfer Pathway (AKA The Red Bag)

Successful pilot leads to full roll out of the initiative

The initial pilot of the Hospital Transfer Pathway is now complete and its success means that it will be rolled out to all nursing homes in north Cumbria by the end of December 2018, and to residential homes by the end of March 2019.

During December ‘Red Bag’ circulation will increase, and will start to become a familiar part of a person’s care journey.  The ‘Red Bag’ contains standardised information about the resident’s general health, any existing medical conditions they have and medication they are taking, as well as highlighting the current health concern. This means that ambulance and hospital staff can determine the treatment a resident needs more effectively. The pathway is already in place in other parts of the UK.

Please note: This is NOT related to red bags which are used for patient records transfers.

If you have any further questions on this initiative please contact or click here for more information.

Cumbria LSCB 5 Minute Briefing - Developing Excellent Early Help

The latest briefing looks at the new Early Help Strategy and how it is working. Cumbria LSCB is holding six district based events to enable knowledge sharing to support the development of an Excellent Early Help System. Read the briefing for further details including dates and how to book. 

Sextortion emails - what to do if you receive one

There has been a rise in the number of sextortion emails from scammers. These different from general scam emails because they often include a hacked password as part of the message and claim to have hacked into an individual's webcam. Watch this short video frm the BBC for advice on what to do if you receive one of these emails.

A595 Whitehaven Consultation

A public consultation is being held by Highways England around a potential eastern bypass for Whitehaven.

We know the journey between Carlisle and Whitehaven on the A595 is an issue our community shares concerns with us about and so we are responding as a health system. We are supporting any improvement to the A595, and the potential for a direct road from the bypass to the West Cumberland Hospital to reduce journey times and makes access easier for our patients and staff.

We wanted to ensure you all had the opportunity to share your views with Highways England if you feel strongly about this and more information is available here:

All responses should be submitted by 19 December 2018.

JOIN Our Amazing People

Job of the week: Registered Nurse, Eden Unit

Exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Registered Nurse to join the team on Eden Unit, Penrith Hospital #isthisyou You‘ll work closely with other disciplines as part of an effective rehabilitation and discharge planning team that provides treatment closer to home such as IV therapies and blood transfusions. The 28 bed ward receives a wide variety of patients, excels in palliative care and has a strong bond with the local community #WeAreTheNHS 

Events & Training

Cumbria Arts in Health Conversation

Save the date:  Thursday 17 January 2019

The University of Cumbria and Healing Arts of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust are hosting a day of conversations and workshops for Cumbrian practitioners working in the arts or health to:

  • Create a network of people from arts and health backgrounds to start to plan the way forward for arts in health in Cumbria;
  • Develop our knowledge and understanding of the evidence for arts in health;
  • Learn from the experiences of people who participate in art-based activities to support their health and wellbeing.

This event is open to all artists and health professionals who have an interest in arts in health.

University of Cumbria, Brampton Road, Carlisle, CA3 9AY, 9.00am – 4.30pm

Cost - £25 (including lunch) booking details will be published shortly. If you would like to reserve your place now please email Karen Jones, Development Manager, University of Cumbria on Please include your job title and place of work.

For any further queries, please contact Susie Tate, Healing Arts Coordinator on 07554478851.

Living with & beyond cancer - An event for anyone coming to the end of cancer treatment 

Treatment has come to an end… What now? Finishing cancer treatment can be a positive experience; however it is common for people to struggle to return to normal, often due to difficulties such as fatigue, sleep, pain, relationships, emotions, body image and other worries.

Our ‘living with and beyond cancer’ event offers a chance to meet others and find ways to manage some of these difficulties in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The topics we cover will be decided by those attending on the day. Friends and family can find the treatment process difficult too, so they are welcome to come along for information and advice. The event is run by NHS health professionals and is part of the recovery and rehabilitation programme. The event will  be held at 10am – 2pm on Tuesday 11th December 2018 at Harraby Community Centre, Edgehill Road, Carlisle, CA1 3SN. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

To book a place or further enquiries contact Muhammad Abdul Basit, Assistant Psychologist Mob: 07810 153 914 or Email:

Leading Healthcare Awards

You are invited to enter the Leading Healthcare Awards aim to celebrate some of the great work across health and care. The awards are purely digital and will be shared online through social media and a digital magazine on 6th March. There are eight categories to choose from and the entry deadline is on 11th January 2019. Find out more and enter.

Stakeholder Engagement Event: CQC Local System Review Action Plan / Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019 - 2029

All staff are invited to attend a series of stakeholder events are taking place which will focus on:

  • An update on the CQC local system review for Cumbria;
  • The proposed framework for the new Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019 – 2029.

Supported by HealthWatch Cumbria, Cumbria County Council and North Cumbria & Morecambe Bay CCGs will be holding a series of engagement events on the following days:

  • Thursday 13th December, 1:00 – 4:00pm People First Conference Centre Carlisle;
  • Tuesday 8th January, 2:00 – 5:00pm Kendal – County Hall
  • Tuesday 15th January, 2:00 – 5:00pm Workington – Energus

To book your place or find out more contact Rob Howieson: 01228 226259

Health Records Training          

The Health Records Department offer training to all staff across the Trust. Training on offer over the coming months includes:

  • New training: Being Open Missing Records 
  • Health Records Keeping Standards 

We can come to you to provide this training.  For more information contact; &  

For our staff from our staff 



Happy retirement - Judy McGregor

Judy started her career in the NHS as a student nurse in Edinburgh then joined the Trust and has worked in a variety of roles where she has been an asset to every team she has worked within.

Judy worked for many years as a Sexual Health Nurse giving valuable advice to teenagers and young women. Following this Judy became a member of the School Nursing Team, working with children and families to promote health issues and address safeguarding concerns. Latterly Judy has retained a day working with the school aged immunisation service. For the last year and a half Judy has been a valued member of the Strengthening Families Team. She has worked very hard and creatively alongside other team members to get this new team up and running. She has showed a great deal of determination and has acted always as an advocate for the young people that she has worked with.

Many of us have worked with Judy over the years and she has shown always to be a warm, patient and endearing personality that children and families have been drawn to and have trusted. She has a very calming influence which has been a huge asset to her colleagues as well as to the families with whom she has engaged. Teenagers in particular have found Judy very easy to talk to in the difficult and complicated situations with which they have presented. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience and everyone enjoys working alongside her.

Judy will be greatly missed; her wealth of experience and ability to work with young people will be a huge loss to the Strengthening Families Team. Judy has been a valued work colleague to many of us with her emotional and practical support. She has been described as ‘a really supportive and nurturing member of the team. She’s my at work Mam’. The team would like to wish her a long and happy retirement where she can fill her days with her close family and time with her grandchildren.

Christmas lunches at Penrith Hosptial and Carelton Clinic

Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th between 12pm and 2pm.

Main Course £7.00

Two Courses (Main with either Starter or Desert) £9.00

Three Courses £11.00

Festive Baguettes £3.00

Staff will receive a 20% Discount on prices shown. Staff Badges must be worn in order to receive the discounted price. 

No other meals will be available on the above dates, besides a small selection of filled sandwiches and jacket potatoes. Lunches do not need to be pre-booked, please just turn up on the day.

Christmas Lunches 

Staff Christmas lunch at West Cumberland Hospital will be served on Wednesday 12 December and Thursday 13 December in the restaurant on Level 3.

There will be three sittings 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm (it is advisable to book a table on ext 24537)

You can view the menu here.

Christmas lunch at CIC will be available Tuesday 18 December and Wednesday 19 December 2018 served from 11.30am – 2.00pm in the restaurant.

You can view the menu here.


Christmas lunches in south Cumbria are available as follows: 

  • FGH: 17, 18, 19, 20 December 2018 at 12.00 - 2.00pm. Evening service will be available on the 19 December at 5.00pm. 

  • WGH: 11, 12 ,13 December 2018 sittings will be available at 12.00pm and 1.00pm. 

Lunches will be available on a first come, first served basis and cost £7 for two courses. 

Christmas services at WCH

A Christmas carol service will be held at WCH on Sunday 9 December from 3pm. It will be held in the Costa coffee shop, level 3 new build featuring Whitehaven Male Voice Choir. Please note this will be a short service and everyone is welcome.

On Monday 10 December, the musicians who are working on Ward 4 will be holding a Christmas sing a long in the café over lunch. Everyone is welcome on the day.

Please also use the link below to see events at CIC:

List of events at CIC

**We are currently finding out what the arrangements are for christmas lunches in the south of the county**

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.


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

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