What kind of problems can First Step help with?

 

Sometimes people come to First Step after seeing a GP and have a clear idea of their problem (or diagnosis). Often though, people know they are experiencing problems (e.g. feeling low, having panic attacks) but are unsure of exactly what the problem might be. This is normal and during your appointments you and your practitioner can discuss this.

First Step can help with a whole variety of problems and if you already know what the problem is, these links provide guidance on some of the most common of these.


Headache Forum Upfront Gallery

Headache Forum Upfront Gallery

A packed audience at the third Headache Forum

The Communications team go barefoot as no socks rocks

The Communications team go barefoot as no socks rocks

The communications team from CPFT have gone barefoot to support 'No Socks Rocks'.

Cumbria’s dietetics department recognised as forward thinking at House of Lords

Cumbria’s dietetics department recognised as forward thinking at House of Lords

At a recent event in the House of Lords, the Dietetic department was recognised as forward thinking.

Psychiatry-Neuroscience team wins senior communications prize for hip-hop innovation project

Psychiatry-Neuroscience team wins senior communications prize for hip-hop innovation project

Duo have won an award for their innovative ways of using hip-hop music and culture to help tackle mental health issues.

Recent MembersNet meeting highlights the importance of a population health approach

Recent MembersNet meeting highlights the importance of a population health approach

Members of the Trust recently had the opportunity to ask the Trust Board how the future of healthcare

Sexual Health Services supporting Gay Pride event

Sexual Health Services supporting Gay Pride event

Staff from Sexual Health Teams celebrate Gay Pride event in Carlisle

Take care in the summer sun

Take care in the summer sun

Useful tips to help in warmer temperatures to prevent health problems

Friendly South Cumbria like “a dream” for Nischay

Friendly South Cumbria like “a dream” for Nischay

South Cumbria is a long way from South India, but since moving to the area Dr Nischay Umesh says he has found it a "home from home"

Therapy Team wins award for Innovations and Best Practice

Therapy Team wins award for Innovations and Best Practice

Maryport Therapy Team have won an Innovations and Best Practice award for the re-launch of the Maryport Rehabilitation Centre

Everything is on schedule for the new GP/ hospital car park in Millom

Everything is on schedule for the new GP/ hospital car park in Millom

Demolition of St Georges Hall is complete in a step towards the new hospital car park

Care Navigator introduced to Millom

Care Navigator introduced to Millom

Care Navigator introduced to reduce GP appointments and hospital admissions

CQC monitoring report about Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health Services

CQC monitoring report about Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health Services

This Thursday the 11th June, the Care Quality Commission published a routine report about Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust...

New drop in service to support dementia

New drop in service to support dementia

A new drop service is soon to be available for those affected by dementia

Supporting dementia sufferers through ‘Friends’

Supporting dementia sufferers through ‘Friends’

The Dementia Friends programme has been developed to change people’s perceptions of dementia

Dementia Awareness Week: My dementia story

Dementia Awareness Week: My dementia story

To raise awareness of dementia Mr Dawson from Eden talks about his wife's dementia journey.

Patient Safety Awards - #seethePERSON Cumbria has been shortlisted in the Changing Culture category

Patient Safety Awards - #seethePERSON Cumbria has been shortlisted in the Changing Culture category

#seethePERSON is a new way of working that was developed to provide better care to patients of memory and Later Life Mental Health Services

Mental Health Awareness Week: Helpful top tips

Mental Health Awareness Week: Helpful top tips

To round off mental health week we have developed these top tips from NHS Choices

OFSTED inspection of children’s services published

OFSTED inspection of children’s services published

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust responds to the report

Beggars theatre give ‘Sick’ performance to kids

Beggars theatre give ‘Sick’ performance to kids

The Beggars Theatre and the Millom Alliance put on a play to local school children called 'Sick'

Mental health awareness week: Suicide prevention

From Our Mental Health Team Mental health awareness week: Suicide prevention

To promote mental health awareness week the Trust has produced a number of articles raising awareness of different mental health issues

DESMOND Education

DESMOND Education

DESMOND - is the Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed.patients.

Hope for Headache sufferers in Cumbria

Hope for Headache sufferers in Cumbria

Botox and oxygen treatments are some of the innovative treatments that are being used in Cumbria to help those with headaches

Clean your hands!

Trust-wide News Clean your hands!

Clean hands have the potential to save 8 million lives every year

Running to raise awareness of MSA

From Our Specialist Services Team Running to raise awareness of MSA

Case manager Karen Roberts has been helping with the care of a patient who has Multiple System Atropy for over 2 years

Congratulations, Dr Vanderpol selected as a finalist in Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2015

From Our Specialist Services Team Congratulations, Dr Vanderpol selected as a finalist in Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2015

Intranasal evaporative cooling for the treatment of migraine, entry is successful in the Innovative Technology or Device Category

Focus on: Richard Pape Lead fire officer for the Trust

Trust-wide News Focus on: Richard Pape Lead fire officer for the Trust

Since joining the Trust Richard has made a real difference to staff's fire awareness

New Beginnings in Mental Health and Social Care

From Our Mental Health Team New Beginnings in Mental Health and Social Care

On Friday 27th March 2015 over 250 delegates from both Cumbria and further afield attended a major conference at Rheged in Penrith...

Cumbria leads the way in England with Pharmacist and GP joint working

Cumbria leads the way in England with Pharmacist and GP joint working

An innovative IT solution has been developed so pharmacists can legally access GP records to safely prescribe medicines for patients

Support for people with personality disorders in Cumbria is changing from April 2015

From Our Mental Health Team Support for people with personality disorders in Cumbria is changing from April 2015

The current provision of intensive support on offer in the Aspatria and Carlisle areas supports only a small minority of people in Cumbria.

Headache forum interview

From Our Specialist Services Team Headache forum interview

Listen to Dr Jitka Vanderpol talk about the forum on BBC Radio Cumbria

Rosie loves living with “beauty on the doorstep”

Rosie loves living with “beauty on the doorstep”

Rosie Wilkinson has been encouraged to develop her expertise while living and working with "beauty on the doorstep".

Visiting relatives in Penrith Hospital have place to relax

Visiting relatives in Penrith Hospital have place to relax

People visiting their relatives at Penrith and Eden Community Hospital now have a dedicated room in which to relax.

Lisa loves quality of life and community in South Cumbria

Lisa loves quality of life and community in South Cumbria

Being on Walney Island in South Cumbria is helping nurse Lisa Merritt lead a relaxed life with her young family.

Emily is proud of “happy and successful” career

Emily is proud of “happy and successful” career

The NHS in South Cumbria has supported Emily Griffiths through her "successful and happy" career.

CQC inspection for Furness CMHT team

From Our Mental Health Team CQC inspection for Furness CMHT team

CQC praise professionalism of Furness Community Mental Health Team...

Cumbria’s Headstart project

From Our Children & Families Team Cumbria’s Headstart project

A vision to ensure young people in Cumbria have access to all the support they need to promote their emotional wellbeing and mental health

Life in South Cumbria is beyond Tessa’s ‘wildest dreams’

Life in South Cumbria is beyond Tessa’s ‘wildest dreams’

Moving to South Cumbria has helped Tessa Pemberton progress her career and move somewhere she used to imagine living in her "wildest dreams"

Charalampos feels at home in South Cumbria after moving from native Greece

Charalampos feels at home in South Cumbria after moving from native Greece

South Cumbria may be miles from Charalampos Louloudis' home of Thessaloniki, in Greece, but that hasn't stopped him feeling at home

Helen loves the hearts of South Cumbria

Helen loves the hearts of South Cumbria

Helen Fawcett enjoys the daily satisfaction of helping people in South Cumbria live with serious heart conditions

Congratulations to dietetic assistant Susan Hurrell

Congratulations to dietetic assistant Susan Hurrell

Susan has completed a professional course in Dementia and proactively spread her knowledge to other teams.

Clare balances challenges of work with perfect ‘pottering’

Clare balances challenges of work with perfect ‘pottering’

Psychologist Dr Clare Jefferson says South Cumbria is the perfect environment to help her unwind after a day's work

Double Celebration as Millom Hospital marks its 40th birthday

From Our Community Health Team Double Celebration as Millom Hospital marks its 40th birthday

Community groups are coming together with healthcare organisations for a double celebration to mark the 40th birthday of Millom Hospital

Nurse Andrew loves bagging Wainwrights in his spare time

Nurse Andrew loves bagging Wainwrights in his spare time

A move to South Cumbria gave Andrew Pye the chance to explore different areas of medicine

Gift of treadmill and stairs to aid patient recovery

From Our Community Health Team Gift of treadmill and stairs to aid patient recovery

Physiotherapists at Workington Community Hospital have welcomed the gifts of new equipment from the League of Friends.

206 staff from Cumbria Partnership NHS show support for #Hellomynameis

206 staff from Cumbria Partnership NHS show support for #Hellomynameis

An incredible 206 members of staff from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have showed their support for the #Hellomynameis

Take part in Time to Talk Day at Work

From Our Mental Health Team Take part in Time to Talk Day at Work

Take 5 minutes on the 5th February to talk about mental health

Dr John Howarth guest blog for CLIC

Dr John Howarth guest blog for CLIC

By working together, we can tackle challenges in Cumbria

Non-Executive Director awarded honorary fellowships from the University of Cumbria

Non-Executive Director awarded honorary fellowships from the University of Cumbria

Heike Horsburgh MBE is recognised for her contribution to the County by University of Cumbria

Lead Governor Re-Elected

Lead Governor Re-Elected

Jane Smith has been re-elected as Lead Governor for the Trust

Karen is West Cumbria Community Hero’s Carer of the Year

From Our Community Health Team Karen is West Cumbria Community Hero’s Carer of the Year

Karen Murray, Discharge Liaison Nurse at the Copeland Unit is West Cumbria Community Hero Carer of the Year

National Stress Awareness day: case study

From Our Mental Health Team National Stress Awareness day: case study

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is supporting national stress awareness day 2014 which is held on the 5th November

Ways to Wellbeing Workshops

From Our Health Professionals Team Ways to Wellbeing Workshops

As an alternative to individual talking therapies we also have workshops which you might be offered at assessment from FirstStep

Fire Officer halves fires across inpatient units

Fire Officer halves fires across inpatient units

Richard has 32 years experience as a Fire Fighter, which has given him the passion and determination to help prevent fires.

Full Monty for Dova Unit

Full Monty for Dova Unit

Dova Unit is star ward for provision of therapeutic activities supporting recovery of service users

Karen leads the way in improving educational programme for respiratory patients

Karen leads the way in improving educational programme for respiratory patients

‘Our own staff have the answers to improve our service – change to services isn’t possible without their involvement in the process.’ “

Dr Sam Dearman writes national training text for Royal College of Psychiatry

Dr Sam Dearman writes national training text for Royal College of Psychiatry

Clinical Director of Medical Education wrote the book after finding a lack of guidance for trainees

Breast Cancer Survivor Joanne on cat walk stardom

Breast Cancer Survivor Joanne on cat walk stardom

'It was a great opportunity to show others that there is life after diagnosis and that you can still look amazing'

Sue’s kindness led to a life being saved

Sue’s kindness led to a life being saved

Sue's kindness led to a life being saved after she called on a patient to see how his wife was doing

Members inspired by Trust’s biggest ever Annual Members Meeting

Trust-wide News Members inspired by Trust’s biggest ever Annual Members Meeting

Over 300 members were entertained, informed and inspired at the 2014 Annual Members Meeting. Films available from the day.

World Suicide Prevention Day

From Our Mental Health Team World Suicide Prevention Day

Dr Dave Prosser explains how spotting the warning signs early is key to getting help to those who need it.

Partnership gets wheels turning for children

From Our Children & Families Team Partnership gets wheels turning for children

Children with additional physical needs given chance to ride bikes.

Event aims to inspire people to invest time in the health of their community

From Our Specialist Services Team Event aims to inspire people to invest time in the health of their community

Guest speakers hope to inspire members to make a difference at this year's Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust AGM.