Partnership News 8th November 2018

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Thursday 8th November 2018

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Top Stories

Feedback shared from mental health and learning disability services events

Service users, carers, families and staff have talked about their experiences of mental health and learning disability services as part of a listening project held last month.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust  worked with service improvement experts (Trust Innovations) to hold 28 Listening Events throughout September in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven for people who access their services as well as carers, families, staff, partner agencies and Trust governors to explore what works well and what can be improved.

A clear theme that came out was the dedication and caring nature of staff and strong feeling of local pride which meant that staff went the extra mile in their work. However, there were also a broad range of challenges shared including access to services, assessment and delivery of treatment.

Read more about this on our news pages.

Patients with breathing difficulties: new way of working

From 12 November people who attend A&E in north Cumbria with breathing problems will be more likely to avoid a hospital stay. They will be assessed using a new tool, known as DECAF, which is used nationally to measure how likely someone is to develop complications based on the results of tests that already take place. This standard approach allows teams to safely evaluate the risks of an early supported discharge and ensure patients are in the best place for their needs. It is also used to put a rapid treatment plan in place for those at high risk of complications.  For patients who do not need to be admitted, they will:

  • Be assessed by the Home First team to identify any additional support they might need to cope at home.
  • Receive a home visit from community teams from the local Integrated Care Community (ICC) within 24 hours, who will assess the patient and ensure they have the right support.
  • Be referred to the community respiratory team who provide specialist support, depending on the individual’s needs, to help manage their condition and reduce the likelihood of further flare ups.

All those involved in this new way of working should now have received training, or should have this planned. If you have any questions please contact Yannick Raimbault

ICCs in action – a patient story

We are hearing lots of positive impacts from the north Cumbria Integrated Care Communities and we will be continuing to share these with you.  One of the areas that is beneficial is with palliative care patients. A story we would like to sahre is about one of the ICC hubs: 

One of the ICC hubs was contacted by an acute ward to assist with the urgent discharge of an end of life patient whose wish, after a long hospital stay, was to return home to die. This was escalated by the ICC team who quickly arranged the relevant support to get the patient home and put a robust care plan in place. This included District Nurses, Health Care Assistants who specialised in palliative care, and Hospice at Home. It was done with care and understanding in what was a difficult time for the patient and their family.

The patient passed away less than 24 hours after returning home. They were comfortable, extremely well cared for and died with dignity, in the place of their choice.

Without an ICC approach it is unlikely that this patient would have made it home for their last night. The focus from all practitioners involved was the patient’s wishes. Staff worked with professionalism and compassion to ensure that all of care needs were met and the family were supported.


Public Health and Wellbeing Nurses successful in securing funding

Yvonne Rowlinson, Public Health Clinical Lead Nurse and Donna Moore, Public Health Nurse in South Lakes have secured support and funding from the NHS Digital Pioneer scheme to develop an idea of setting up a digital health education and support facility for schools but also other organisations such as Childrens Centres in Cumbria.  

Yvonne said:

My colleague, Donna and I had already been considering how we could improve our support to schools following lots of Head Teachers and staff telling us they were missing having a school nurse to discuss health issues with.   Our idea was to provide either a webinar training programme that also included a Q&A section and/or a digital clinic when Donna or myself would be available to respond to health queries.  Ideally our webinars would be live and have a chat facility but they would also be recorded and available to schools after the session.  Schools could replay these in school or in some cases at parent sessions.
It was sheer coincidence that the day before Donna and I were due to meet to plan how we could progress our idea I received notification of the Digital Pioneer Scheme.  So I applied and as I explained on the phone have been successful!

The next step will involve scoping out ideas and running a pilot test with a small number of schools in the south of the county in the new year.


Success at our nursing & midwifery recruitment day

NCUH, CPFT and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) held another successful recruitment day at the Cumberland Infirmary on Saturday 3 November. Nurses and midwives at all stages of their career were encouraged to attend and 18 people were interviewed for positions across the organisations on the day. The University of Cumbria also attended and spoke to many people considering studying nursing or midwifery in Cumbria.

As well as local attendance, people travelled from Dundee, Leeds, Manchester and Wales to attend the event. The day also involved tours of both the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital. On the tour of West Cumberland Hospital, the group was joined by two members of our Recruitment & Retention group which involves members of the community who are working to help us attract new staff and welcome them into our local communities. Thank you to the staff members who organised and took part in the event.

The binitright campaign was launched last week with the aim of reducing the amount of non clinical waste that goes into clinical waste bins.

An audit showed that up to 90% of waste that was put into clinical waste bins should actually have been put in the general waste.

As it costs a £178 more per tonnes to dispose of clinical waste we are asking staff to make sure only clinical waste goes into clinical waste bins.

Here are examples what should be going in the black bags and orange bag

General Waste
(Municipal Waste black bin bag)

Clinical Waste
(Orange bin bag/bin)

  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Paper couch rolls (uncontaminated)
  • Paper
  • Plastic packaging
  • Wrappers
  • Gloves/ Aprons & Cleaning wipes used for routine cleaning & bed making
  • Oxygen Masks
  • Food Waste & Wrappers

Known or potential risk of infection (cat B infections):

  • Wound dressings
  • Bandages
  • Swabs
  • Gloves & Aprons soiled with blood/ infectious bodily fluids
  • Surgical masks/ FFPE masks
  • Waste contaminated with respiratory materials from patients with respiratory infections
  • Waste from any outbreak situations
  • Blood soiled pulp trays
  • Bed bath wipes/ wash cloths from known infectious patients

New name for  the Alfred Barrow Health Centre revealed

NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group are pleased to announce that the official name of the new centre being built on the site of a former school will be the Alfred Barrow Health Centre.
More than 800 people submitted their choice of name for the centre after a poll was launched two weeks ago.
A number of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust services will be housed at the new health centre including:

  • Childrens services: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Community Paediatrics,  Child Therapies including Speech and Language Therapy services.
  • Mental Health services include the First Step service.

Read more on the NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group website.

Cumbria County Council consultation on plan for Cumbria’s future health and wellbeing

Cumbria County Council are inviting the public 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

The draft strategy identifies four key themes:

  1. Protecting the health of the population as a whole, through immunisation programmes and reducing environmental hazards.
  2. Providing high quality, person centred care that is not just about preventing ill-health but about helping people right across the county to live in the best health possible for as long as possible.
  3. Tackling the wider determinants of health and wellbeing like deprivation, rurality, skills, social networks and infrastructure.
  4. Improving health and wellbeing throughout the life course empowering people to take personal control and responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

Useful updates 

Become a #flufighter - there's still time

By choosing to get your flu jab you are reducing the risk of your patients catching flu. You are also offering protection against the virus to your friends and family.

You may be fit and healthy but this doesn’t mean you aren’t a carrier of the flu virus. This year the flu jab is offering more protection than ever by providing protection from four different strains of the virus based upon recommendations from Public Health England and the World Health Organisation.

So far 30.45% of staff have had their flu #jabdone - We have various clinics being held across our sites that you can go along to and help #fightflu. If you would like to save time and fill in a consent form to bring with you please do!  CPFT staff can get their flu jab at NCUH and vice versa. If you get your flu jab from your GP or elsewhere please let us know.

We’d love to see your flu fighting photos, simply take a selfie send it to us and we will share on social media. You can also share it yourself on Twitter and just tag @CPFTNHS @NorthCumbriaNHS

CIC car parking

Half of the temporary staff car park at CIC remains closed in order to carry out the improvement works to make it permanent with appropriate drainage, lighting and surface. While this work is ongoing with completion by late December, the car parks are very busy and understandably there are frustrations from staff.

We would ask during this period that staff who work daytime hours such as 9am-5pm please consider parking at Devonshire Walk next to the Castle which is open from 6.30am-8.00pm in order to allow staff who work late at night to park at the hospital. 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 at CIC.

In the patients and visitors car park (car park A), staff can use the bottom area during the temporary car park closure highlighted in blue on this image and there is also signage displayed.

You cannot park in the areas highlighted in red or above without a valid pay and display ticket. Thank you for your patience and co-operation during this time.

Your data could be at risk

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

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

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

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

How to check where your work is saved/move your files

A lot of users may be saving locally to their machine without knowing. If you’re not sure where your work is normally saved, there’s a quick and easy way to check. Follow the steps in our how-to guide, which will take you through moving your files if you need to do so.  

If you have any questions

Please contact the IT service desk via the self service portal, or on 01228 608888. 

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

Cumbria County Council's latest updates

Read the latest updates from Cumbria County Council.

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

Workforce Update

Click HERE to see our weekly updates page.

Opportunity to shape our organisation – Staff Survey reminder

There are only a few weeks left to complete your Staff Survey 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. It takes around 10 minutes to complete, and the results will be used to shape the Trust’s objectives and priorities next year.

The survey data is kept completely confidential; the data is collated by an external organisation, Picker, and we do not receive any individual responses. Please click here to read the Frequently Asked Questions and click here to view the Picker data handling information.

So far 32% of our staff have completed the survey but we are aiming for over 50% to gather meaningful results.

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.

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

JOIN Our Amazing People

Job of the week: CAMHS Practitioner

Passionate about working with children & young people with a wide range of mental health difficulties #isthisyou 
In a period of exciting change we're recruiting part time Band 6 CAMHS Senior Practitioners in west Cumbria - experienced Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers or Occupational Therapists - to join their multidisciplinary team, providing a range of treatments including CBT and Decider Skills Workshops #WeAreTheNHS




Functional Skills training

Don’t get left behind!  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. Find out more on the Functional Skills on Workforce and OD Intranet pages.

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.

Cumbria NHS libraries - Knowvember 2018

Do you know Cumbria NHS libraries can help save you time and improve communication within your team?

#Knowvember Find tools and techniques to share what you know and learn from others:

The tools help staff to learn before, during and after everything that they do so that best practice is replicated and pitfalls can be avoided. The tools introduce eleven techniques to help plan, co-ordinate and implement knowledge mobilisation activities. Or you can access e-learning…

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

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 sacrificecar scheme please email Tony Bellingham and provide all the personal information requested at the top of the above link.




National HIV testing week 17 – 24 November

Here at Cumbria Sexual Health service we are supporting National HIV testing week (NHIVTW) 17 – 24 November 2018. We would like all departments to display the NHIVTW poster in waiting areas and staff rooms to help support this.

If you need any further information please contact David Morris, sexual health promotion specialist at

Storytellers needed for December Schwartz Round

The Schwartz Round in December will have a festive theme and the team is looking for staff members to share stories of a memorable Christmas or New Year at work. If you have a story to tell, whether it is happy, sad, amusing or inspiring, or if you would like to know more email Dr Fiona Graham at

We are looking for 3-4 people who would be willing to talk for around 5 minutes each. The Round will be held in the Education Centre at the West Cumberland Hospital on Wednesday 19 December.

A free lunch will be provided from 12.30pm with the Round running from 1pm – 2pm. All staff, clinical and non-clinical, from across both NCUH and CPFT are welcome.

National Institute for Health Research  Research Stories

Wednesday 12th December |17.00-18.30 |Graduate Training Suite, Newcastle University Medical School, NE2 4HH

Interested in hearing more about clinical research? Taking your first steps in research but not sure where to start?
Come and find out how others have navigated the research world.
Listen to individual stories and join in with informal discussion about getting involved in health and social care research. This session is suitable for any Nurses, Midwives and AHPs who are interested in taking their first steps towards becoming involved in clinical research. Found out more and book your place.

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, ballot papers, local regiments, the Lonsdale Battalion,the Border Regiment, records from the Crimean, 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 information and to book onto the event please see their website

Lecture event: What can we learn about cycling from the Netherlands? 

Richard Ingham, a semi-retired transport planner is hosting a free lecture at Tullie House on Monday the 12th November from 7-9pm.
The lecture ‘What can we learn about cycling from the Netherlands?’ will use Richard’s inspirational experience gained whilst attending an Amsterdam University Summer School Course on “Planning the Cycling City” to illustrate why promoting more journeys by cycle makes for a safer, healthier and more inclusive city. He will share why he sees so much potential to make Carlisle a cycling city:

  • Why so many people cycle in the Netherlands
  • How the nation has achieved this
  • The benefits
  • What do we need to do in the UK and in Carlisle to increase trips by bike and start to reap the benefits?

The free presentation will be of interest to members, planners, sport development and leisure professionals and anyone with an interest in cycling.This event is free but please RSVP in order to book a seat and for Richard to know numbers. RSVP by contacting Richard, see details below. Richard’s contact details: 07952 312220

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 


Bake Off at Hilltop Heights

The staff at Hilltop Heights in Carlisle held a team building exercise. The competition for the Bake Off was strong and the standard of baking very high. Kerry Harmer, Carlisle Community Manager took on the role of Paul Hollywood as the head judge and awarded the first prize to  Michaela Maxwell and Cathy White was 2nd . Kerry took the opportunity to thank and recognise the team for all of the hard work they do every day. There was a great selection of delicious cakes which staff shared with teams afterwards. This was the first of team building events which they hope to continue with in the future.

Occupational Therapy Week 5 – 9 November

This week, the Occupational Therapy department is celebrating the role of occupational therapy over the years and picks up on the theme for this year – ‘Occupational Therapy in the Future’

This year to celebrate lots of staff have been making personal pledges to raise awareness of the occupation. 

Gwyn Lishman, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist pledged to “share, teach, learn more and increase partnership working”.


NHS Discounts

Best Christmas Market Breaks with a Discount

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


Contact us

If you have any news or events to share, please contact the Communications & Engagement Team by 5pm Thursday to be included in the following week’s
Partnership News.

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

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