We are pleased to share with you a copy of Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative's Six Month Report (April - September 2020).

"It was an unusual start to the financial year with the first wave of a new pandemic impacting on all aspects of our service and our lives.

Staff across health and care stepped-up and responded amazingly during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving great outcomes at a fast pace. Our challenge now is to adapt to a new world, and to continue to support our people to be the best they can be in transforming health and care services..."

Download the full report below to read on:

We appreciate that due to the Covid-19 pandemic that this is an extremely busy time for Practice Managers and therefore we will adopt a phased approach to the introduction of the programme, with the aim of having the full programme in place in April 2021. 

To support career progression, the North Cumbria Practice Manager Development Programme offers a comprehensive series of learning and development opportunities. It is open to all experienced and aspiring practice managers in within the area. 

The programme aims to offer infrastructure to build capability along the career pathway from entry into the Practice Manager role to moving beyond the role. The programme is delivered in partnership with North Cumbria Primary Care Training Hub, Primary Care Team, CLIC, North East and Yorkshire Leadership Programme, and the LMC Horizon programme that has run successfully within Lancashire and South Cumbria. 

We would like to highlight an Aspiring Practice Managers programme, delivered by Horizon/LMC and available now. To express an interest in participating in the Aspiring Practice Manager programme please contact Toni.Phillips@nwlmcs.org 


All components of the Practice Manager Development Programme are fully funded and therefore free to Practice Managers to access. 

Accessing the programme

To express interest in participating in the CLIC or NEYLA elements of the Practice Manager Development Programme, please contact us at info@theclic.org.uk  


Registration is now open for the Northern Cancer Alliance Virtual Bite Size Learning week.

The learning week consists of 9 virtual sessions which are offered on a stand-alone basis and delegates are asked to register for each one they wish to attend. Registration links for each session are highlighted below:

  • Cancer Doesn’t Stop for COVID | 10:00 – 11:30 | Tuesday 8 December 2020 | REGISTRATION LINK
  • Palliative & End of Life Care | 14:00 – 16:00 | Tuesday 8 December 2020 | REGISTRATION LINK
  • Health Inequalities & Smoking | 09:00 – 11:00 | Wednesday 9 December 2020 | REGISTRATION LINK
  • Tele-dermatology | 13:00 – 14:00 | Wednesday 9 December 2020 | REGISTRATION LINK
  • Primary Care Networks | 14:00 – 16:00 | Wednesday 9 December 2020 | REGISTRATION LINK
  • Innovation – The Art of the Impossible | 10:00 – 12:00 | Thursday 10 December 2020 | REGISTRATION LINK
  • The Domino Effect of Personalised Care | 14:00 – 16:00 | Thursday 10 December 2020 | REGISTRATION LINK
  • MDT Decision Making | 10:00 – 11:00 | Friday 11 December 2020 | REGISTRATION LINK
  • National Presentations with Q&A | 13:00 – 15:00 | Friday 11 December 2020 | REGISTRATION LINK

 Should you have any difficulty registering for a session please contact the Alliance team england.nca@nhs.net 


Places available now!

Nasogastric Tubes training is a 2 hour session on insertion and management. Learning outcomes include:

  • Have an awareness of NPSA alerts and guidelines and serious incidents
  • Understand professional accountability and responsibility when caring for a patient with a nasogastric tube, before and after insertion
  • Have a full understanding of the ongoing checks required to confirm day to day nasogastric tube placement
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of procedures if gastric aspirate not obtained
  • State professional duties and responsibilities for full and complete documentation
  • Know when to STOP THE LINE if documentation incomplete and patient safety compromised
  • Know how to achieve and maintain competence through continued training and completion of the competency framework

To book you place, please visit our training and events page.

NHS England and NHS Improvement recognise that staff in primary care roles are currently facing many challenges, which is why they’re supporting the frontline workforce with an individual coaching offer called #LookingAfterYouToo. 

Available 7 days a week, 7:15am – 10:00pm, staff can book a slot with experienced coaches at a date and time that suits them. 

One GP who benefitted hugely from the coaching said: “This session made a huge difference to me and I am very grateful… I was thinking of quitting after the pandemic. This session was a huge relief and felt like magic. It helped change my perspective. It felt like a weight was lifted.”

The offer provides staff in clinical and non-clinical roles across primary care the opportunity to process their experiences, develop coping skills, deal with difficult conversations and develop strategies for self-management in challenging circumstances. 

By developing the skills and knowledge to look after themselves and stay well, they can go on to deliver high quality care and support in their communities.   

Find out more at www.people.nhs.uk/lookingafteryoutoo