Trudy joins new hospital recruits for ‘Tea with the Team’

Trudy Harrison has joined West Cumberland Hospital Staff at Rosehill Theatre for a special event welcoming aboard new recruits.

The Tea With The Team event, held on Sunday at the Rosehill Theatre saw current staff and members of the Recruitment and Retention Working Group getting to know new NHS staff members over a cup-of-tea and cake.

The networking event offered a social activity helping new health professionals new to the area to start to initiate links with the local community

The group’s hope is for families and individuals, who choose to move to the area to be able to settle quickly and in addition, encourage others to also make the move to Cumbria.

Mrs Harrison, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved on a super Sunday afternoon event to welcome our new health and social care recruits to West Cumbria, held at the beautiful Rosehill Theatre - it was a pleasure to meet so many positive people, speaking about our brilliant hospitals and health and social care career opportunities.”

The Co-production working group is made up of members of the local community who are working together to help secure consultant-led maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital.

Rachel Holliday who chairs the groups said: “We are working together to find new ways to welcome NHS workers, who are desperately needed to keep our hospitals and services going. We also want everyone to know how much we already admire our long standing NHS staff and their commitment.

“Our group is made up of people from the community who want to see our NHS thrive. Tea with the Team is about welcoming new staff to our NHS and celebrating what we already have here in West Cumbria.

“We want to make sure new recruits have everything they possibly need to settle in and stay not just for the short term, but for the future. We want every one of them to become a valued member of this fantastic community which I am so proud to be a part of.”

Any community-based organisations that can offer social activities with the opportunity to build links and friendships and would like to be involved should contact NHS North Cumbria CCG by emailing

Julie Clayton from NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group said: “This seems like such a simple idea but can really make a difference. It offers a personal touch and that is one of things that makes Cumbria so special. We’d urge anyone new to the area and new to NHS, social care or the third sector to come along.

“We hope that this will help people settle and encourage others to think about moving here and start to improve our recruitment and retention challenges.”