Partnership News 12th October 2018

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Friday 12th 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

No Place Like Home campaign launched

We are launching the No Place Like Home campaign to help people to understand why health and care services are changing and what the changes mean. The campaign will use patient stories and aims to:

  • Raise awareness of the benefits of care and support in the community/closer to home and why hospital is not always the best place. 
  • Ensure more people in north Cumbria know why health and care services are changing and how this will benefit patients and services.
  • Provide health and care staff with the resources to help them explain why services are changing and how this will benefit patients.

Content including case studies, webpage, myth buster, videos and social media will developed and shared throughout the campaign – look out for this next week.  

The No Place Like Home campaign focuses on the benefits of receiving care in the community and how being at home can help people recover quicker. Health and care services  are working closer together to improve the health and wellbeing of people in north Cumbria and keep people out of hospital if they don’t need to be there.

Investment to strengthen community services and support more people out of hospital is underway and around 90 additional health and care roles have been created in the community so far. Eight Integrated Care Communities (ICCs) have been developed in north Cumbria to improve the health and wellbeing of local people and provide more out of hospital care. Health and social care professionals, GPs, the voluntary sector and the community are working as one team to provide more seamless care.

People are living longer but more and more people have several long term health conditions. Too often these lead to hospital stays that could have been avoided, if more support was available in the community. 

#NoThankFlu – get your flu jab organised today!

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.

Additionally, everyone who has their vaccine before the end of October will be entered into a prize draw. This includes everyone who has had their vaccination at the GP or pharmacy, we just ask that staff let us know by emailing FluStaff@cumbria.nhs.uk by the end of October.

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

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

News

First joint Annual Meeting between both Trusts

Yesterday we held the first joint Annual Meeting for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Those attending heard about our achievements and challenges over the past year, and our future plans for health services in the county. There was also an opportunity to ask the board of director’s questions and hear about our new campaigns.

For those who are unable to make the event we have produced a joint Annual Report summary document. Within this you can find out more about our work integrated health and care systems locally, what our teams have been getting up to, our performance and areas we need to focus on. More on our website

Staff celebration event

A celebration event for teams at CPFT and NCUH was held to celebrate various improvement projects that have been going on across both Trusts.

At the event a number of different teams shared the work they have been doing to make improvements to their services, including:

  • ‘Lift the Lip and Look’ project aimed at identifying and reducing early tooth decay in children under 5 years.
  • A new Facebook page to share COPD information
  • Ways to improve Surgical Admissions & Flow from Ward 1, Day Surgery & Theatres
  • Postural Passport – a scheme developed for learning disability patients to help them communicate their complex physical health needs to all health and social care professionals.
  • Clozapine Rapid Process Improvement - This award winning improvement standardised the prescribing pathway for Clozapine.
  • ECT Pathway Development - This scheme developed a new pathway and process for patients who need referral and funding for inpatient ECT therapy.
  • Sexual Health Online Booking - This team have created a new webpage to provide Sexual Health information and access to book appointments online.
  • Patient Representative Perspective- Lydia Hulme shared how it felt to be part of the recent Ophthalmology RPIW and the benefits of patient involvement in improvement for staff and service users.

If your team wants to take part in an improvement project or has an idea they want to put into action get in touch with the Continuous Service Improvement Team.

Maryport hospital now offering more care to their community

Maryport Hospital is still up and running and providing an increasing range of care for local people following the closure of overnight beds last month.

As part of a wider plan to deliver more care locally in people’s homes, a new model of care in Maryport is seeing health professionals treating more people locally and supporting people to remain in their own homes.

The team now provide day services from the hospital and use day beds for those who require treatment, but don’t need to stay overnight as well as supporting district nurses when required by providing care in people’s homes. This is helping people avoid admission to an acute hospital, such as West Cumberland Hospital (WCH) or the Cumberland Infirmary (CIC), or to get home sooner.

The hospital has capacity to treat more patients and the number of services provided has been extended. Services such as blood transfusions, dressings, pre and post-operative care and monitoring can all be provided from Maryport. Some of these treatments would previously have been performed in an acute hospital or in the GP surgery, so the model helps to alleviate pressures elsewhere in the health system and reduces the need to travel.

Supporting patients closer to home

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has introduced a number of new initiatives to support patients to receive the right care closer to home, reducing avoidable hospital attendances and admissions.

Under the Transforming Patient Care programme, which has been running for the last 18 months, the trust has been focusing on ways it can increase the number of patients it ‘see and treats’ (supports on scene), and ‘hear and treats’ (supports on the phone).

This has already led to a significant rise in the number of people who have received the right clinical advice over the telephone. In the first quarter of this year, when compared to the same time period last year, hear and treat rates had increased by 43% and almost 7,000 fewer patients were transported in an ambulance despite an increase in incidents overall.

There is a continuing focus on making the most of opportunities to provide the right care to people at home once ambulance service clinicians arrive on scene. The full article is on thier website

CIC temporary car park closure delayed

As you will be aware, in 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, car park alterations and an extension to the A&E department.

Due to the temporary road closure to the A&E department from the main drive, the site has been more congested than normal this week and car park C has not been fully utilised.  We would like to remind all staff that car park C can still be accessed via the road diversion.

The temporary gravel car park was due to close to allow work to start on Monday 15 October for a period of eight weeks to make this a permanent car park with appropriate drainage, lighting and surface.

However we are now delaying this work by a further week when the access to car park C and A&E will be reinstated from the main drive.  We will also only close half of the temporary car park at a time - with the work to now be carried out in two main phases.  The first phase of work to the temporary car park will now commence on Monday 22 October.  The works are now expected to be complete by Christmas.

The reduced car parking capacity is going to cause some disruption which we would like to minimise.  Much of the disruption is avoidable provided enough staff make some temporary adjustments to their journey to work.  To avoid frustration and stress associated with not being able to find a parking space, we would like to encourage those permit holders who can, to not bring their cars onto site during the works. Alternative parking is available at Devonshire Walk (next to the Castle) which 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 parking@ncuh.nhs.uk.  We are hoping to get at least 100 staff to volunteer to park at Devonshire Walk – there may even be health benefits to those that do! The money saved on parking for the temporary period can also perhaps go towards your Christmas shopping. You will have your permit reinstated when the temporary car park reopens.

Further, more targeted, communications are planned to try to ensure there are sufficient willing volunteers to park at Devonshire Walk to make sure we avoid unnecessary disruption and preserve enough car parking on site during the works for those that cannot access alternatives.

Please note if staff pay and display within the patients and visitors car parks at CIC they cannot claim back costs for this as per our car parking policy as we must keep those allocated spaces free for our patients and visitors.

World Mental Health day - resources for you

October 10th was world mental health day as the Trust has released this press release which has a range of resources for you to share. The focus this year is on young people and there are links to videos, posters, GIFs, PDF advice sheet and more for you to share with friends family and patients. There are also details of how adults can access NHS services in the county and some top tips for how to look after your mental health. Please take the time today to read this and share the resources where you can. https://www.cumbriapartnership.nhs.uk/news/world-mental-health-day-2018

Building health partnerships in north Cumbria

The national Building Health Partnerships programme is working with the community to develop a programme of community-led approaches to prevent stroke and other cardiovascular disease.

The West Cumbrian Voices for Healthcare, the Third and Voluntary Sectors, Healthwatch Cumbria and the North Cumbria Health and Care System want to talk to local people in our towns and villages about how we can work better together to prevent and detect those who could face some serious health conditions.

The national Building Health Partnerships programme would like you to help shape the project so we can make a real difference.

The first FREE event is at The Falcon Club, Egremont on Wednesday 28th November from 11.00am - 3.00pm and includes lunch.         

To register your interest please follow the link below;

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-health-partnerships-in-north-cumbria-tickets-50776035489

Stoptober

If you’re taking part in Stoptober you’re now well into your second week of being smoke free. You’re a quarter of the way there and if you can finish the 28 days you are five times more likely to quit for good. It’s not too late to start if you haven’t already. If you’re wanting to quit, search 'Stoptober' online for a free Personal Quit Plan.

This week a new speaker and button system will be installed at the Cumberland Infirmary which will play a pre-recorded message to people asking them not to smoke on Trust premises. We’ll share full details in next week’s Partnership News once the system is fully up and running but please feel free to press the button and have a listen if you’re passing.

If you’re taking part in Stoptober please get in touch and we can celebrate your progress – communications@ncuh.nhs.uk

To find out more please visit - https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/quit-smoking/stoptober/

Useful updates 

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 this round 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. 

  • 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 communications.helpdesk@cumbria.nhs.uk. You can also pop in on the day if you haven’t booked so make a note of the dates in your diary.

CAMHS, learning disability & autism service transfer to mental health care group

The managerial reporting arrangements for the CAMHS, learning disability and autism services are transferring to the mental health care group on a shadow basis. This change in reporting has been made to ensure that the programme of work to address the future of those services is managed seamlessly within one care group.

The mental health care group triumvirate will carefully plan how services will move into the care group to ensure governance and will share details with staff as appropriate.

During this time all other staff will retain their current reporting arrangements.  We are not looking to change any service delivery model with this change and will be maintaining integrated working arrangements where they currently exist.

Staff in those services have been sent a letter from Gary O Hare, Executive Director for mental health and learning disabilities and will be briefed through their usual line management routes.

There is also an opportunity to raise any concerns at the Chief Executive summit for mental health, CAMHS and learning disability staff on 23rd October in Barrow, or in one of the Chief Executives ‘This is Us’ engagement sessions.

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.

Changes in the way pressure ulcers are defined and assessed

Following advice from NHS improvement there will be changes in the way we define, document and report pressure ulcers, deep tissue injuries, moisture associated skin damage and device related pressure ulcers.

  • the term category rather than grade or stage will be used
  • the terms avoidable and unavoidable will no longer be used
  • the 72 hour rule will be discontinued
  • pressure ulcers defined as present on admission should be those observed during the skin assessment undertaken during admission to the service
  • unstageable and deep tissue injury pressure ulcers should be reviewed weekly by a clinician with appropriate skills
  • only pressure ulcers that meet the criteria for a serious incident should be reported to the commissioners.

The tissue viability nurses will be providing educatin and support for staff, inlcuidng work place based training, changes to the Ulysses reporting system and changes to policies to support these changes.

if you have any questins please escalate through your line management.

The unsung heroes awards - nominations are open

The only National awards for Non-Medical NHS Staff and Volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty.

The aim of the awards is to shout loud and proud about the hard work Non-Medical NHS staff do on a daily basis– work that is often overlooked, despite non-medical employees making up nearly half of the workforce.

If you know of incredible people who have dedicated themselves tirelessly to patient care and deserve a nation-wide announcement of this commitment, you can do so by submitting nominations free of charge. From IT developers to HR staff, administrative assistants to speech therapists – all non-medical roles within the NHS and healthcare sector are represented by the Unsung Hero Awards. Nominations close on the 16th November 2018.For more information see their website

Traineeship scheme launched

Do you know a young person who needs a route into employment?

CPFT, NCUH & Cumbria County Council are currently recruiting young people aged 16-24 to join our traineeship scheme. To be eligible for the scheme young people must be NEET (not in education, employment or training). Traineeships provide young people with the skills to enter the workforce and can lead on to an apprenticeship or further education. 

There's traineeship opportunities in fields like social care, construction, customer services and business administration and portering. Find out more.

 

Counter Fraud

In 2016-17 losses to fraud in the NHS were estimated at £1.25 billion per annum - enough money to pay for over 40,000 staff nurses, or to purchase over 5,000 frontline ambulances. This is taxpayers' money that is taken away from patient care and falls into the hands of criminals. When we say 'fraud', we refer to a range of economic crimes, such as fraud, bribery and corruption or any other illegal acts committed by an individual or group of individuals to obtain a financial or professional gain.

Click here for the auditone’s Fraud Insight quarterly newsletter which aims to highlight current fraud risks and issues that the NHS faces but also identify fraud risks that may affect you in your life outside of work. A video looking at invoice fraud is on the staff counter fraud website

Cumbria County Council Adoption Campaign - You could be their someone

This October, Cumbria County Council is launching a new campaign to help find adoptive families for the 23 Children in Cumbria are awaiting a forever family and we’re seeking your support. Nationally the need for adoptive families is greater than ever and as more children come into the care system and wait for an adoptive family, the number of families coming forward to adopt is falling.

The team will be holding three events in October which offer people thinking about adopting an opportunity to find out more. Our events are informal and in a relaxed, no pressure environment. Find out more and book a place at www.cumbria.gov.uk/adoption  

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

Workforce Update

Click HERE to see our weekly updates page.

ESR Downtime

ESR Users are advised that the system will be withdrawn on a national level at 18:00 on Friday 12th 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. We would advise that you schedule any eLearning outside of this period.

Expenses Queries?

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

December Payday

December payday has been confirmed as Thursday 20th December 2018. Due to the payday being earlier, the payroll deadlines have been moved forward and are as follows:

  •          HR Forms – Friday 30th November 2018 for any change, starter and termination forms to be received for processing. We cannot guarantee that any forms received after this deadline will be processed due to payroll processing deadlines. If you could please ensure that all forms are submitted as soon as possible prior to the deadline.
  •          eExpenses and ePay – all electronic claims should be submitted and approved no later than 5th December. We would advise that employees submit their claims as soon as possible at the end of November to allow approvers enough time to query and approve claims as required.

Increment Queries

We have received and influx of queries relating to increments. We would advise that if you think that you have missed an increment, you should initially check the pay scale as some incremental points across the scale have the same salary value. Whilst you may have gone up a point, your salary value can remain the same. Please click here to view the NHS Employers website to access the pay scales and to view your pay journey throughout the pay deal.

Tax Relief
If you are a PAYE tax payer and spend your own money on various business expenses (such as replacing/repairing tools or washing branded uniform) you may be able to claim tax relief from HMRC. Please click here for further information.

Please visit the Workforce Weekly updates page for further information regarding the above as well as further updates!

JOIN Our Amazing People

Check out all the latest job vacancies the Trust has on offer.

Share this link with your family & friends on social media & spread the word.

Job of the week: Risk Systems Administrator

“Join a small, friendly, busy team; we would love to hear from you!”

An exciting opportunity in our Risk Management Team in Kendal #isthisyou The team supports management of risks and incidents to ensure safe, high quality care. The role involves basic administrative duties as well as communicating effectively with staff to review the quality of data and prepare data for reports. Customer service, problem solving, attention to detail and IT skills are all essential #WeAreTheNHS http://ow.ly/Qeo630m9EEW

LEAD Our Amazing People

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

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

GREAT Teams Great Care

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

Annual staff survey is launched - please complete yours

The annual NHS staff survey launched on 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

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

 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 Stephanie.Watson@cumbria.nhs.uk 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

Nursing associate apprenticeship – submit your interest by Monday!

There is an exciting opportunity for existing healthcare assistants to complete the two year nursing associate apprenticeship starting before the end of December 2018.

Suitable candidates must have Maths and English GCSE at Grade C (or equivalent) or above or Functional Skills level 2 at the time of application.

If you are interested, names of interested staff must be submitted to Jean.hill@ncuh.nhs.uk by Friday 12 October. If you would like any further information, please contact Gill Long, head of nursing for clinical education and practice development at gill.long@ncuh.nhs.uk

Events

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: training@cemind.org or to book a place go to www.eventbrite.com

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 Juliet.gray@cemind.org

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: juliet.gray@cemind.org

More information is available on the Intranet. 

For our staff from our staff 

 

Free blood pressure checks for staff

The cardiac rehabilitation team at West Cumberland Hospital are promoting good blood pressure management  as part of the British Heart Foundations ‘Wear it red’ day on Thursday 18th October.

New figures released by the BHF show that over 24% of the population has undiagnosed high blood pressure, and with high blood pressure being a major contributor to illness like heart attacks, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease, the financial burden on the NHS.

To help raise awareness  the team will be offering to check the blood pressure of staff and visitors at the main entrance of   at West Cumberland Hospital between 11.30 and 2pm.

They will explain what your reading means and give any relevant advice as well as answering and questions or concerns you have about blood pressure.

Zero pressure ulcers for Cockermouth!

Well done to the team at Cockermouth who recorded no pressure ulcers at all in the month of September. The ward manger said:

“You will note from the attached picture that there wasn’t a single new pressure ulcer at Cockermouth for the whole of September. I think this shows the good preventative care being provided by the team.”

Salli Pilcher, Associate director of nursing added: “This is a good news story around how all the pressure ulcer work is impacting on improving safe care in the community.”

Well done to all the teams who are working hard to reduce the prevealnce of pressure ulcers.

Macmillan coffee morning

Eden ICC raised £130 for Macmillan at their coffee morning on Friday 28th September.

Thank you very much to all who donated cakes and funds it was a great turn out and a well-deserved cause.

Farewell Mr T.

The Specialist Community Learning Disability Team in Lillyhall would like to wish Dave Temple a happy and well earned retirement.  Dave began his career 47 years ago and in this time he has had different roles including that of ward manager and most recently as Cognitive Behavioural Therapist within his role as Specialist Nurse. Dave is a Specialist Learning Disability Nurse working into the Mental Health and Challenging Behaviour Pathways. Dave has worked with clients and families in often difficult and stressful circumstances over the years and his calm reassuring approach has earned him tremendous respect. Dave’s wonderful and perfectly timed sense of humour has helped many deal with difficult circumstances. Dave has seen how services have developed over his long career for people with learning disabilities playing an active part in moving people on from long term institutional care and into the community. Dave has always advocated on behalf of the people he works with to ensure they receive the same service and have the same rights as people without a learning disability. Dave’s extensive knowledge has enriched the development of many professionals within the service and as such many are indebted to him, he will be greatly missed not only by the Lillyhall Team but the wider LD service, clients, families and carers.  Enjoy your retirement Mr T.

The 2018 CSAB staff survey is still 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

Free health and wellbeing support for all staff

Don’t forget you can also signpost colleagues to our EAP programme Validium using the details below. Validium is a support service offering both one to one and phone counselling for staff experiencing problems such as; emotional stress, bereavement, family problems, stress, anxiety or worry, drug and alcohol problems, relationship difficulties, depression or employment worries.

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

Protect yourself from energy price rises this year

NHS staff – the time to compare and switch your energy provider is now. We have negotiated a special deal with Energy Helpline just for you.

Why have we done this? We know that prices are about to rise in October for the second time this year across major suppliers. That means your next bill could see an increase.

In addition, the price cap is coming on standard tariffs. While this may seem like you’re getting a good deal, you may still be paying too much for your energy supplier.

We’d strongly recommend that you compare the better deals out there before the prices rise.

Switching is so easy. Get the full story at our blog post: Protect Yourself From the Energy Price Rise this October.

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

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
in an appropriate area.

You can contact us by:
Email: Communications.helpdesk@cumbria.nhs.uk
Phone: 01228 603890
Write to: Communications & Engagement Department,
Voreda, Portland Place, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7QQ