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North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

As an integrated care organisation, NCIC collaborates with partners and the broader community to integrate health and care for patients.  Prior to the formation of the Trust on October 1, 2019, the former Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust collaborated with partners in the larger North Cumbria Health and Care System to become one of the first 14 areas in the country to be confirmed as an Integrated Care System.

NCIC, which is now working as a single Trust, wishes to become more involved in the local community. Not just caring for people but improving their wellbeing too. A North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System was established in June 2019. This means that NCIC will be able to collaborate more easily across the region on common challenges such as service sustainability.

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KNOW THE LOCATION

Cumbria is a non-metropolitan ceremonial county in North West England. Following the passage of the Local Government Act 1972, the county and Cumbria County Council, its local government, were established in 1974. Carlisle, Cumbria's county town, is located in the county's northwestern corner. 

The North East and Cumbria are two of the most affordable regions in the United Kingdom. You'll be amazed at how much further your money goes when there are no compromises on the quality of property, culture, food, and entertainment available. The region provides excellent value, with housing costs that are lower than the national average.

Education

In the last year, the number of schools in the North West that provide a good or outstanding education has increased. In the previous year, the proportion of schools rated as good or outstanding increased by six percentage points to 80 percent. Of the 1,114 schools inspected in the North West in the last year, 37% had improved since their last inspection, 43% had remained the same, and only 17% had declined.

 

Primary schools outnumber good secondary schools by a wide margin. In Sefton, for example, 94 percent of students attend good or outstanding primary schools, while only 56 percent attend good or outstanding secondary schools. 

Nearby universities

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Transport 

It's never been easier to get around the North West. As you travel to any attraction, street, or major public transportation station, follow the step-by-step directions. View bus and train schedules, arrival times, service alerts, and detailed routes on a map to find out how to get to any location in Northwest. When travelling in Northwest, use Moovit's Live Directions with Get Off Notifications to know exactly where and how far to walk, how long to wait in line, and how many stops are left. Moovit will notify you when it's time to get off, so you won't have to keep checking to see if your stop is the next one.

 

Rail: The West Coast Main Line connects major cities like London (Euston), Birmingham, Manchester, and Glasgow/Edinburgh. Cumbria also has a number of other impressive lines: The Lakes Line, which connects Oxenholme Lake District to Windermere. The Furness Line, which runs from Barrow-in-Furness to Carnforth and then to Lancaster. The scenic Cumbrian Coast Line, which runs from Carlisle to Barrow-in-Furness, and the Tyne Valley Line, which runs from Carlisle to Newcastle and passes through Hadrian's Wall country.

Leisure

  • Carlisle – Historic capital of Cumbria and the only city within the county

  • Cockermouth – Attractive market town at the north west edge of the Lake District

  • King Arthur’s Round Table – Prehistoric henge just south of Penrith

  • Maryport – Historic industrial town and harbour on the west coast of Cumbria

  • Mayburgh Henge – Prehistoric henge just south of Penrith

  • Penrith – Market town and transport hub at the north east edge of the Lake District

  • Rheged – Large indoor visitor centre just outside Penrith

  • Whitehaven – Historic industrial town and harbour on the west coast of Cumbria

  • Workington – Historic industrial town and port on the west coast of Cumbria

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Lifestyle 

We guarantee you'll find something here for you if you're an explorer, a music lover, or a person with a strong sense of community. For people of all ages, there are numerous activities available. Whether you prefer outdoor hikes or extreme activities, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Lake District has something for everyone. If retail therapy is more your thing, we have a plethora of high street and independent stores to choose from. If you enjoy dining out, there are numerous cafés and restaurants to choose from. In addition, several country pubs in nearby towns serve homemade and locally sourced fare. 

Food, cinema, adventure, literature, and music events take place throughout the year, including the Keswick Mountain Festival, Words by the Water, Taste Cumbria, and Kendal Calling.

Cumbria also has a thriving arts and culture scene. The Theatre by the Lake, located in Keswick on the shores of Derwentwater, has been described by The Telegraph as "the most wonderfully positioned theatre in England." 

There are many arts and music venues throughout the county where you can see a variety of exhibitions and events. The Carlisle-based Sands Centre is an entertainment and sports venue that frequently hosts comedians, orchestras, pop singers, theatrical companies, and pantomimes.

Farmers markets and European markets are held on a regular basis, as are seasonal markets such as Christmas and Easter. Furthermore, the world's best outdoor playground is right outside your door for family activities, day trips, or camping vacations. 

Cumbria, with a population of 498,000 people, has plenty to see and do, as well as the chance to be a part of a friendly, close-knit community.

Why should you choose North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust?

 

Hours are flexible

NCIC understands the value of a healthy work-life balance. NCIC is happy to adjust your work schedule to accommodate the demands of your home life, to the extent that operational constraints permit. Their flexible employment options include the following: • part-time work

 

• job sharing

• term-time employment

• alterations to the start and end times

• longer workdays to shorten the workweek

• sporadic home-based work

• the option of acquiring additional annual leave

• arrangements for special leave for career breaks or sabbaticals

• retirement options that are adaptable

 

Holidays

If you work full time, you are entitled to 27 days of vacation plus bank holidays. After five years of service, your vacation entitlement increases to 29 days; after ten years of service, it increases to 33 days.

 

Pension

The National Health Service provides an excellent pension plan. When you begin employment with us, you automatically become a member and receive a comprehensive package of benefits. Further information is available on the NHS Pensions website.

Faith and spiritual care

Both of our acute hospitals have a chapel and a multifaith space available for quiet reflection, meditation, and prayer 24 hours a day. Additionally, our chaplains are available to provide spiritual support regardless of your faith or belief. You are not required to be religious or attend church in order to receive assistance from our chaplains or use the hospital chapels.

Car Lease scheme

NCIC offers a lease car programme to all permanent employees, regardless of whether their role requires the use of a vehicle for business purposes. Leases are available through our salary sacrifice programme, which can help you save money on taxes, National Insurance, and pension contributions.

Services relating to occupational health

Our occupational health team is available to assist you with your health and well-being at any time. They can assist in expediting your admission to physiotherapy, counselling, and certain consultant specialties.

Additionally, they may be able to arrange for health screenings, vaccinations, blood tests, and access to discounted complementary therapies.

Program of assistance to employees

Vivup is a non-profit organisation that provides confidential support and counselling. It is completely free and open 24 hours a day. They can offer guidance and assistance with family issues, financial concerns, bereavement, depression, stress, and anxiety.

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NCIC hosts monthly Schwartz Rounds for clinical and non-clinical staff at our acute hospitals to reflect on their experiences and discuss topics such as diversity, mental health, and the personal impact of working in healthcare.

Memberships in gymnasiums

NCIC partners with gyms throughout the county to provide our employees with significant discounts.

Yoga Lessons

Local teachers offer yoga classes on an as-needed basis at various locations.

If you're interested in taking a 30-minute walk or run during your lunch break, our acute hospitals have created a circuit called the Lunch Time Mile.

Sessions of occupational therapy

NCIC frequently invites local complementary therapists to our locations to provide discounted 30-minute treatments. Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Indian head massage, and Thai foot massage are all available.

Cafés, restaurants, and boutiques

On-site cafés, restaurants, and convenience stores are available at Trust Headquarters, our acute hospitals, and several of our community hospitals. Each of these establishments serves a variety of nutritious meals and offers vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free, halal, and kosher options. Staff members receive a 20% discount at West Cumberland Hospital's Restaurant and Café and a 15% discount at Cumberland Infirmary's Time Out Restaurant.

On-site fruit and vegetable production

Weekly, local fruit and vegetable vendors set up shop in our acute hospitals. Locally sourced produce is used whenever possible. We're about to conduct a trial of pop-up stalls at our community hospitals.

Libraries

Both of our acute hospitals have library facilities, and Trust Headquarters has a learning space. Both libraries have an extensive collection of books on health and wellness, as well as fiction and other subjects.

Book exchanges

NCIC hosts book swap events on a regular basis at our locations throughout the county. Additionally, Trust Headquarters has a permanent book swap station.

Personnel networks

NCIC has four distinct staff networks:

• Cultural Diversification

• LGBT

• Accessibility/Disability

• Armed Services

A Snippet of Brilliance

Each week, NCIC recognises staff members and teams for going the extra mile after being nominated by a member of the public or a colleague. Each Glimpse of Brilliance recipient receives a certificate and is recognised in our weekly email bulletin and on our social media channels.

Honor honorees

NCIC Celebrate awards are presented on an annual basis. They recognise individuals and teams whose efforts have had a demonstrable impact on patient care, colleague well-being, or the Trust as a whole.

NHS employee discounts

As an NHS employee, you'll be eligible for discounts and money-saving offers from a wide variety of national businesses, ranging from utilities to travel providers.

Additionally, you'll receive discounts at local businesses such as hair salons and theatres. Our staff website contains information about these discounts.

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