A step towards happier, healthier communities. Our plans to merge

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) have been working closer together for some time now. This has already helped provide more seamless patient care, especially between hospital and community services. The two trusts plan to formally join together and become one organisation in October 2019.

What services do the trusts deliver?

NCUH delivers health services from Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven. CPFT currently delivers community services in north Cumbria and children & families, specialist and mental health services across the county. There are plans to transfer mental health services to other providers in October 2019. 

Benefits of merging 

  • High quality, seamless patient care between different services
  • Ensuring health services in Cumbria are fit for the future
  • Helping to recruit more staff to the area
  • Saving money by joining up support services and reducing duplication

For more details on the plans and benefits, view the merger summary document

What will the new organisation be called?

We've developed a shortlist of names based on national NHS guidelines and selected by our governors. You can choose your favourite on the survey below. 

  • Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lake District NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Lake District NHS Foundation Trust

Have your say

We want to hear your thoughts to help shape the new organisation, including what to call it, and to ensure the merger goes smoothly. Please complete this short survey to tell us what you think:

Complete the survey

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We have developed an FAQ based on the feedback we have received so far. This will be updated regularly as more questions arise. View the latest merger FAQ.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or feedback please contact communications.helpdesk@cumbria.nhs.uk


NHS asks for feedback on new name options

NHS asks for feedback on new name options

Tell us your favourite name for the new trust

Views sought on plans to join NHS Trusts

Views sought on plans to join NHS Trusts

Have your say on the plans for NCUH and CPFT to merge later this year

NHS Trusts set to merge together to improve experience of patients and staff

NHS Trusts set to merge together to improve experience of patients and staff

The trusts are proposing to formally merge into a single organisation to fully join up how they work creating more benefits for patients