Partnership News 24th October 2018

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Wednesday 24th October 2018

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Top Stories

The NHS in Cumbria is 'Winter Ready'

Every year winter causes added pressure on our NHS services.   The colder weather can intensify some of the symptoms of longer term conditions such a as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and heart disease, dark nights and icy pavements make it harder to get out and increases the risk of falls, and increased levels of viruses such as influenza are circulating.

This year, with more NHS services in the community than ever before, the NHS in Cumbria has plans in place to help people stay healthy and independent in their homes. For those who need admitted to hospital, we want to ensure they are given the right treatment and services in a timely way.

The NHS has introduced a number of initiatives which ensure that people are either; supported to stay at home first, admitted into hospital appropriately and in a timely way or discharged in a timely way.

So what are we doing? Read all about it on our website.

Flu fighter:

NHS staff from across Cumbria are once again gearing up for this season’s flu jab as part of the fight against flu circulating in the community.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) are determined to beat last year’s record and make 2018/19 the year that they vaccinate more staff than ever.

Last year, the two trusts recorded their best ever vaccination rates with NCUH vaccinating 78.8% and CPFT vaccinating 73.5% of all front line staff against flu to protect themselves, their patients and their families. This was much higher than the national average of 68.7% (figures from Public Health England) and NCUH was one of only 27.5% of all trusts to achieve more than 75% of staff vaccinated. 

The vaccine is the most effective way to protect against flu and NHS staff can carry the flu virus with no symptoms so being vaccinated is vital in the fight to protect patients.

Have a look at upcoming flu clinics near you. If you would like to save time and fill in a consent form to bring with you please do! 

Many local GP practices have given there seasonal flu vaccination already, if you have already had your flu jab, please could you send an email saying ‘I’ve had mine’ to so that we can update our records. If you have a consent form please attach this to the email.

Last chance to book onto the staff engagement events

Our ‘This is us’ staff engagement sessions are almost complete. Over the last couple of weeks staff have attended events in Kendal, Penrith and Barrow.  The groups have been discussing the work that has taken place to develop a joint set of values across Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, and NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group. There is a debate over two of the values in particular – with alternative suggestions being favoured for collaboration and achievement, so if you haven’t seen them, please take a look and feedback your thoughts to the organisational development team.

The proposed values, and behaviours framework that sit behind it will be important in creating the right culture for staff as we continue to work more closely together.  For detailed information, please review this presentation either individually or in your teams and feedback your thoughts by the 15th November to

Staff from south Cumbria have been expressing their concerns about the work we are doing to address how mental health services will be delivered in the future.  There were also discussions around proposed merger, CQC and care groups. You can come along to the final event in Whitehaven next week to join in the debate.

The next session is  Wednesday 31st Oct | 3pm – 4.30pm| West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven. To book please email



Bishop of Carlisle visits Carleton Clinic

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome, visited the Trust recently to talk about the future of health services in Cumbria. As the lead Bishop, his role involves keeping health issues high on the Church of England’s agenda and linking with healthcare chaplains as well as raising the profile of health within Government. On his visit to Carelton Cinic he heard about the future of mental health services and integrated care as well as visiting wards on the site.

He was joined by Robin Talbot, Chair, Dr Andrew Brittlebank, Medical Director, and Ramona Duguid, Director of Integration.

Dr Brittlebank commented: “It was great to meet with the Bishop and share the key challenges affecting health care in Cumbria and our plans to address them. Tackling social isolation and how communities come together to support each other is something we are all passionate about and the Bishop is well placed to champion this both locally and nationally within his role.”

Stay Well This Winter

People in Cumbria who are the most vulnerable to flu are being urged to get their free flu vaccination, ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common and this year’s vaccination programme is now available across Cumbria to all eligible people.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign will help the most vulnerable people in the county prepare for winter and avoid having to visit hospital due to common winter illnesses. It will target:

  • all children aged two to nine (but not ten years or older) on 31 August 2018
  • those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • those aged 65 years and over
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers

Find out more.

No place like home

Evidence shows that people recover quicker at home, if they have the right support in place. Health and care services are all working closer together and providing more care in the community to help people avoid a hospital stay, because there really is no place like home.

The No Place Like Home Campaign has now been launched across North Cumbria to help people understand why health and care services are changing and the benefits of out of hospital care.

Look out for more on social media and help us share these resources. Read the full news story

Public invited to have thier say on the Alfred Barrow Centre

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

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

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

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

New support groups for Pancreatitis

The first Pancreatitis Support Group has been held at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Pancreatitis is a disease in which the pancreas becomes inflamed. Pancreatic damage happens when the digestive enzymes are activated before they are released into the small intestine and begin attacking the pancreas. More on the NCUH website.

Cumbria NHS following national trends cutting the sales of sugary drinks

The NHS Trusts in north Cumbria are now following in the footsteps of other NHS hospitals in England who are cutting the sales of sugary drinks across their hospitals to support reducing the growing levels of obesity. 

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are working towards no sales of sugary drinks in their cafes to support the health and wellbeing agenda for staff, patients and families. Click here for full story.

Cumbria Trading Standards and Cumbria Constabulary join forces for Operation Rogue Trader

Rogue traders and aggressive doorstep sellers have been targetted recently by Cumbria Trading Standards Service and doorstepCumbria Constabulary as part of Operation Rogue Trader.

Officers collaborated on a week of activity to stop rogue business practices and raise awareness of the dangers linked to hiring cold-callers. Operation Rogue Trader is a national multi-agency campaign coordinated by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute with Liberal, the Police National Intelligence Unit. Read more.

Council to launch consultation on proposed speed limit changes in Allerdale

Cumbria County Cspeed signouncil has launched a consultation this week to gather feedback and views on proposals to change a number of speed limits in Allerdale.

A number of speed limits in Allerdale have been assessed - as a result of local resident's concerns being reported to the Council and the Police, ongoing, new building developments and other changes in the use of the road informed by traffic data. Read more

Public invited to have their say on A595 Grizebeck improvement proposals

Local residents, businesses and users of the A595 are being asked to have their say on proposals to improve the A595 at Grizebeck.Grizebeck

Cumbria County Council today launched a consultation to seek people’s views on the two potential route options. A range of opportunities are being provided for people to find out more and share their views. Public consultation drop-in events will be held at Grizebeck Village Hall on: Wednesday 7 November, between 3pm and 7pm.

The consultation will close on Friday 16 November 2018. Read more

Emergecy Services Day in Kendal

Kendal Police, and partner response services are set to host a joint Emergency Services Day this Saturday (27th October).

The day, which will take place at Busher Walk, Kendal, will be an opportunity for Kendal Police, partner agencies to educate and engage with the public about the work they undertake every day in the community and will provide the public with an opportunity to meet their local policing team.

There will also be demonstrations of some of the operational capabilities of Cumbria Constabulary, Kendal Fire and Rescue, Kendal Mountain Rescue and North West Ambulance Services.

The event will take place between 12pm and 4pm and will include numerous displays for the public to watch.

In Cumbria 23 children are waiting for loving adopptive parents right now

Nationally the need for adoptive families is greater than ever but the number of available adopters is falling and Cumbria is no different. Change a child’s life and create your family by adopting. We'll be with you every step of the way.

The adoption application process currently takes around six months to complete in most cases. The County Council makes sure that you're fully prepared and supported and ready to meet the needs of different children.

Come to an information event:

Workington - Thursday 25 October - Washington Central Hotel, Washington Street, Workington, CA14 3AY - Please arrive from 6pm for a 6.15pm start

Carlisle - Wednesday 31 October - Crown and Mitre Hotel, 4 English Street, Carlisle, CA3 8HZ - Please arrive from 6pm for a 6.15pm start

Read real stories and blogs from people who've adopted:

parentsJoy and pride! “Hard to place”…“Older”…..“Complex needs”, are often the labels we saw when searching for our children. It could deter one from these groups of amazing children. We're glad it didn't for us.” Read more.

Life changing! “...our son is an inspiration in how he's handled such a life change. I know he will continue to inspire us.” Read more.

The single mum “I always knew I wanted children, but never found the right partner, but it's the best thing I've ever done. My advice would be to make it happen, regardless of your personal circumstances. If you really want to become a parent, adoption is definitely an option.” Read more.

If you can't make the events, please go to to find out more about the children waiting and the adoption process.

Candle Fire Safety Week – Snuff out the fire risk

candleAs part of the national Fire Safety Campaign, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are asking people to take care during this Candle Fire Safety Week and thereafter to snuff out the risk of fire in their homes. With candle fires resulting in over 300 casualties nationally each year, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service want people to take extra care with candles this winter - more than one in three of all reported accidental fires in the home started by candles result in a death or injury. Read more.

Useful updates 

Diagnosed Learning disabilities in children - reasonable adjustments 

Children and young people who are newly diagnosed with a learning disability and / or autism should now be immediately flagged with their GP and the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust.

The community paediatric team which leads on diagnosis will send a copy of the attached letter to the child’s GP, where the practices is being asked to put an alert flag on the system and confirm this has happened. At the same times a copy should be sent either electronically to  the acute hospitals learning disability email account:

or hard copies to be sent to:

Lorraine Tottman, Safeguarding Advisor and Learning Disability Lead, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, Cumberland Infirmary, Newtown Road, Carlisle, CA2 7HY

We have vacancies for Staff Governors in all localities in Cumbria

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

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

Honest About Money - travelling to meetings

Over the past few weeks the honest about money campaign has been providing some helpful tips to save staff travelling to and from meetings. These can be found on our intranet page here.

As part of this, we have been asking Trust staff about their top tips for reducing travel, here are ten of the best:

  1. Plan your journey as an individual and as a team.
  2. Use process mapping to plan out your teams approach to planning your daily, weekly, monthly, annual travel.
  3. Challenge the frequency of your travel.
  4. Do you need to travel at all?
    • Can video technology be used instead?
    • Can you dial instead?
    • Is your role required – if you haven’t taken on any actions over the last 3 months talk to your manager about if you need to be there?
  5. Consider Best Option for Travel – Should I use?

    • Pool Car
    • Public Transport
    • Hire Car
    • Own Car
  6. Where possible travel together.
  7. Plan training collectively.
  8. As a team collectively review mileage on a quarterly basis.

    • Email the request to the Honest about Money Inbox who can give you the data.
  9. Communication – have you notified your colleagues that the meeting has been moved or cancelled? 

And finally number 10… a new IT system will be deployed in the coming months which will provide instant messaging, voice, video calls, voice messaging and desktop sharing - all from Trust computers. There will also be the ability for staff to be able to dial into meetings (including VC) from their computers too. As you can see this has the potential to help us reduce travel even further. More information about this to come!

Workforce Update

Click HERE to see our weekly updates page.

NHS Payroll Services – Change in pay clerk telephone numbers

Our payroll provider has recently moved offices. Please find the new contact telephone numbers for the individual pay officers. The general payroll telephone number remains unchanged.

Feedback is welcomed from staff who have contacted our new payroll provider over the last month.  Please email

e-Expense Queries

We are still receiving queries for SEL expenses. From 1st September 2018 our payroll provider has been managing the queries and can be contacted via       

Expense/Timesheet Claims

There were a lot of claims the team had to withhold this month as they were submitted and authorised too early.  These claims must be submitted, authorised 1 month in arrears and not paid in the same month they were accrued.  Please can you refrain from submitting these claims 1 month too early and managers – please do not authorise them if they are to be paid the same month of accrual.

Late Claims

There has been an increase in the number of authorisations post deadline for expenses and ePay.  Managers, please can you inform staff in this situation that their claim will be paid in the next pay cycle.

AfC Business Mileage Claims

Where staff are travelling over 120 claimable miles in 1 day they must consider ordering a hire car.  If an employee’s own vehicle is used the claim MUST be paid at the lower rate of 20p.  Please do not claim or authorise 56p/mile for such a journey where the journey has been deliberately capped at the 120 mile threshold. 

This rule is in place to save the organisation money.  Managers, please can you ensure to challenge any such claims where claims for AfC business rate (56p/mile) exceeds 120 miles.

Supporting New Starters

Please can managers ensure staff know how to access ESR and timesheet and expense systems.  The team are receiving a lot of queries from staff who are struggling with these and do not know what to do or how to access these systems.  This should form part of local induction. 

Bank Staff

Bank staff benefit from a Trust email address to claim on the timesheet and expense systems.  We are finding that the managers are not setting these up for bank staff which means they cannot reset their accounts should they need to.

Emergency Contacts

Please can employees log in to employee self-service to review their emergency contact details and change them if the current contact is no longer appropriate.

You may be entitled to tax relief.

  • Do you wear a uniform for work? If it’s a branded t-shirt or a full uniform? 
  • Do you clean, replace or repair your uniform or tools?
  • Have you checked if you can claim tax relief on professional subscription or fees?

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.

Please check out this online tool at where you will receive the full tax relief you are entitled if your claim is approved.

Full press release can be found here:

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: MS Nurse

“Join a small, friendly team with a varied caseload & lots of development opportunities. The service provides specialist therapeutic & practical support to people with MS, their families or carers at the time they need it most.” Opportunity in south Cumbria for a Band 6 nurse with experience of working with long term conditions, rehabilitation or neurological field #isthisyou You'll receive on the job training from an experienced Specialist MS Nurse #WeAreTheNHS

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

Staff survey - have you completed yours?

All members of staff have been sent the staff survey , if you have not completed yours please do so today. It should only take about ten minutes.

Reminders are being sent out this week by Picker – this is NOT spam!

This is your chance to have a voice and feedback what it is like to work at the Trust and in your teams. It is anonymous and the results will be used to shape the trusts objectives and priorities next year.

So far only 17% of NCUHT staff have completed the survey but we really need at least 50% for meaningful results.

The closing date 30th November.  Email address to look out for is

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.

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.

Events and training

Training - Domestic Abuse Champions

Cumbria Domestic Abuse Champions’ Network is offering free 2-day training to those interested in becoming a Domestic Abuse Champion within their organisation or community.

  • Barrow 23 Nov / 14 Dec or 5 June / 6 June
  • Carlisle  - 18 Jan /15 Feb or 25 July / 26 July 2019
  • Whitehaven – 16 April / 3 May
  • Salterbeck – 7 Aug / 8 Aug

For more information or to book please contact

An Introduction to Autism workshop.

Course aims:
· To raise awareness and challenge the neuro-typical perception of autism
· To increase knowledge and confidence when supporting individuals on the autistic spectrum
· To consider robust autism specific strategies and approaches in support of the person with autism
· To encourage inclusion, understanding and acceptance of those on the autistic spectrum within the wider community

The course is provided by Autism Together which is a charity that provides services and support to people with autism and their families. You can find out more about them here:

Date: Tuesday 30th October 2018 : 9.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.30pm

At Whitehaven Rugby League Club, Coach Road, Whitehaven, CA28 9DD

More information and the booking form are avaiable on our staff website

Sheena Bleasdale, Sue Parry, Debra Seaton, Chris Relph, Sue Harper, Angela Pollard, Claire Blenkiron, Angela Wannop         

Free clinical skills training

The Integrated Clinical Skills team are a team of nurses, from a variety of clinical backgrounds, who deliver clinical skills training across North Cumbria University Hospital and Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust.

In the six months they have been in place they have trained more than 600 people in core clinical skills.

Sue Harper from the team said:

“It has been a busy but very successful six months; the team are very grateful to staff and managers across all organisations for supporting the programme, being engaged, enthusiastic learners, providing invaluable dialogue, commitment to the sessions and also providing the team with objective and complimentary feedback.”

The team are supported by Cumbria Learning & Improvement Collaborative (CLIC) and support staff to develop proficiencies within their clinical environment aligned to 6 core skills:

  • IV’s & Cannulation,
  • Catheterisation,
  • Venepuncture,
  • Physiological Observations,
  • Verification of Expected Death and
  • Nasal Gastric tube management. 

100% of all people who have attended course would recommend the course to others.

They will be delivering even more training in the future.

For further details and to book onto any of their training go to

For our staff from our staff


Maryport and Cockermouth ICC hub team building 

We thought you might like this picture.  This is the ICC admin hub for Maryport & Cockermouth who were newly formed in August this year, as a team building exercise we took on DR FRANKENSCRAFT'S MONSTER room at Lakes Escapes Ltd in Workington and successfully escaped with 3 mins 43 seconds to spare.  “MC Admin Team” are throwing down the gauntlet and challenging other teams to try and beat our time! We had a great time and got to know each other even better, we are even considering another escape room for our Christmas party.

NHS Discounts

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

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

Contact us

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

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

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

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