Carlisle Community Mental Health Assessment and Recovery Team (CMHART) have welcomed staff from The Glenmore Trust, a charity which supports people with mental health problems and learning disabilities, to work alongside them providing enhanced support and care to patients.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, third sector organisations in Cumbria – including The Glenmore Trust – offered ‘mutual aid’ to health and care organisations which were facing staffing difficulties due to the pandemic.

As a result, several highly trained staff from The Glenmore Trust have been based alongside Carlisle CMHART, in their base in Portland Square, for the past few months.

Danny May, Clinical Lead for the Psychosis Team within Carlisle CMHART, said: “Having a third sector organisation working alongside an NHS service on a day-to-day basis like this, being in the same office and responding to challenging situations together, is quite innovative. It is early days, but we are all really encouraged by the positive impact this has already had for clinicians and patients.”

Read the full article on Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust's (CNTW) website here...

Health Education England have been working with colleagues at Healthy Teen Minds to develop and launch a suite of mental health crisis learning resources

These resources have been designed by young people, working with professionals too, allowing you to hear directly from them about what helps in a moment of crisis. The tools complement existing training and education. They aim to build an individual’s confidence to have effective conversations and provide personalised support to a young person in a mental crisis. 

The short Crisis Tools learning guides are:  

Please take a look at these resources, and share with your colleagues across our health and care system.

Also, as part of the build up to this year’s World Mental Health Day, on 7 October 2021 there will be a Healthy Teen Minds online Crisis Tools celebration event.  Find out more and book your place here...

Please see below for details of the latest personalised care information and opportunities:

NHS England and Improvement have shared their sixth edition of the Regional Personalised Care update - please see below for a copy. The update complements the national personalised care bulletin, which you can sign-up to here.

NHS England and Improvement have also shared a document on 'Carers, young carers and Universal Personalised Care' (see below). This is not an official guidance document, but simply provides ideas as to how personalised care can work for carers. The team are planning to hold a webinar in the autumn. The document is also available to download on the Future NHS carers workspace and personalised care collaborative here.

A great animation about The Wellbeing Service, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC) has been created:

You can also view an interactive wellbeing service update at: 

Motivational Interviewing e-learning: The British Medical Journal have a one hour online free to access course on Motivational Interviewing presented by the co-founder of MIT, Stephen Rollnick. You can sign up and access it here. As a taster of what it offers, take a look at the short video below: 

Another great Motivational Interviewing video is available below: 

And finally, please see below for the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) 'Better Care - Personalised Care' video: 

We have all seen recently in the media the impact of more extreme weather patterns on people, such as flooding in London and Germany and heatwaves leading to fires around the Mediterranean. A landmark report from the United Nations has confirmed that climate change is due to human activity – catastrophe can be avoided, but we must act quickly.

As a major employer and influencer, the NHS is leading the way, with a pledge in 2019 in the Long Term Plan to reduce the NHS carbon footprint. This was followed in 2020 by Delivering a Net Zero NHS, which pledges to reduce the carbon footprint of the NHS to Net Zero by 2040 and for our suppliers by 2045. This means that the resources we use that lead to emissions affecting the climate will need to be reduced as far as possible – with the remainder offset. Ultimately, we must consume less and ensure that what we do consume is as sustainable as possible.

There are many changes that we can make that will contribute towards this important goal. Here in North Cumbria, work is already underway including:

  • Changes to anaesthetic gasses and prescribing of inhalers
  • E-learning, toolkits and workshops planned for GP practices
  • Virtual consultations to reduce patient travel
  • Cumbria Action for Sustainability are setting up the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership to look at the wider public agenda

What can you do in your role to ensure services are delivered as sustainably as possible? Let us know about how your work is helping to reduce the NHS’s carbon footprint and helping us towards Net Zero.

If you want to read more, you can subscribe to the Greener NHS Bulletin here...


Article from NHS North Cumbria CCG

Fuse Research Programme Meeting 

Impact of social prescribing on health and wellbeing

Monday 11 October 2021, 12:30 to 15:15 (on the Zoom platform)

What can we learn about social prescribing from a large-scale multi-methods study?

This half-day event concludes our National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) evaluation of a social prescribing intervention for people with Type 2 Diabetes in North East England. England’s first multi-methods study evaluating the impact of a social prescribing intervention. 

A series of presentations will outline our findings relating to health outcomes, health-related quality of life, healthcare usage, assessment of cost effectiveness and the examination of the lived experiences of those delivering and engaging with the intervention. 

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in open discussion about the challenges and opportunities of social prescribing with an expert panel from academic, voluntary and community, practitioner and policy sectors.

Registration will open in early September and further details will appear here...

Fuse Quarterly Research Meeting

Supporting smokers to quit: driving future strategy by incorporating computer modelling and smokers’ participation

Thursday 14 October 2021, 10:30 to 12:00 (on the Zoom platform)

About this event

This event will showcase research findings from three studies on smoking cessation that present perspectives from service users and health care professionals on key drivers for supporting smokers to quit in North East England. It will bring together insights from peer support, lived experiences of heavy smokers in deprived areas, and implementing a ‘stop smoking service’ for hospital in-patients and after discharge. 

An innovative approach - computer modelling - will be presented to explore financial incentives to motivate pregnant women to quit. Attendees will be able to discuss solutions to barriers to smoking cessation, as highlighted in the studies, and share this learning to drive future strategy.  

Registration will open in early September and further details will appear here...