A warm and welcoming event to help new staff to the NHS and social care was held near Whitehaven at the weekend.
The Tea With The Team event was organised by a community co-production group and was held at the Rosehill Theatre on Sunday.
It brought together community groups, volunteers and the organisers of activities to consider how new recruits can best settle in Cumbria.
One of the organisers, Rachel Holliday, chairs the group. She said: “Our community spirit in West Cumbria is one of the best things about living and working here. Today is about welcoming our new NHS workers to our area.
“It is our very first event, and I want to thank all the fabulous stall holders and guests who attended. Our group wants to show the rest of Cumbria, and the world, how great it is to come and work at our hospital and be a part of our community.
“We would also like to thank the team at Rosehill Theatre near Whitehaven for helping to support the event, they did a great job and the venue and catering was brilliant.”
The idea came from members of the community who are leading the Recruitment and Retention Working Group which is supporting work to secure consultant-led maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.
The group are keen to support people who choose to move to the area to be able to settle quickly and encourage others to make the move to Cumbria too.
By offering a social activity where other people will be in the same boat we hope our new staff can start to build links with our community, and we want to help by giving them the chance to meet organisations offering activities and networks.
Julie Clayton from NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It’s the first time we have tried anything like this and it’s certainly something we’ll be doing again. It was great to see the buzz in the room around supporting our NHS but also seeing different organisations making links and connections too.”
Both the MPs for West Cumbria attended the afternoon tea at the Rosehill Theatre near Whitehaven. Sue Hayman, MP for Workington and Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland praised the way the community and the NHS are working together on new ideas.
A short video of the event has been produced and can be seen online at the following address: https://youtu.be/OHy0fOFcxsw
This has also been released on our social media channels for people to share across their networks (twitter.com/NHSCumbriaCCG and www.facebook.com/nhscumbriaccg)