NHS England and Improvement have created two flexible working guides, in collaboration with Timewise and NHS Staff Council. One for individuals and one for line managers.

The guide for individuals will help prepare staff for positive conversations to make requests about flexible working and provide staff with the best chance of agreeing a solution that works for them, their teams and their organisations.

The line manager guide offers support in how to lead a flexible team, helping managers to put structures and processes in place to support and encourage flexible workplace for all.

You might also be interested in the recording of our Lunch & Learn from October 2021, 'Supporting leaders to navigate new ways of working':

Come and find out about a NEW range of FREE training on offer to third sector organisations in North Cumbria.

Built around the personalised care agenda and increasing development of social prescribing as a health & care delivery model the training offers a programme which is FREE, predominantly online but with some in person sessions. The programme aims to provide the basis of a set of core competencies for a range of health and care staff roles including sessions on:

  • Personalised Care – including Bringing Personalised Care to life an in person session with staff from all health & care sectors
  • Social Prescribing
  • Support planning
  • Shared decision making 

This session has been especially designed for Managers/Line Managers of third sector staff teams who deliver health and social care services in North Cumbria. It will give you an opportunity to learn more about the sessions available and how to access them.

The session will be run by Laura Heaton - Personalised Care Project Lead at CLIC. Dominic Gordon Cumbria CVS’s Senior Third Sector Referral Coordinator will also illustrate how he is using the programme to provide a training framework for the Third Sector Referral Coordinator Team.

Find out more & book...

A collection of new sessions on stopping over-medication of people with a learning disability and autistic people (STOMP) has been added to the MindEd mental health elearning programme.

Developed by Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) in collaboration and partnership with NHS England’s STOMP team it features 5 knowledge-based elearning sessions and 1 skills building case study which cover the following topics:

  • Inappropriate Prescribing (for a universal audience)
  • Psychotropic Medication 1 (for a universal and non-specialist professional audience)
  • Psychotropic Medication 2 (this session is specifically aimed at a specialist audience, primarily psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, pharmacists and mental health and learning disability nurses)
  • Psychotropic Medication 3 (for a universal audience)
  • How to Challenge Inappropriate Medication 1 (for a universal audience)
  • How to Challenge Inappropriate Medication 2 (case study) (for a universal audience)

The sessions explain the meaning of STOMP and discuss opportunities for learners to speak up if they feel someone in their care is receiving inappropriate medication. 

On completion of the sessions, which each take approximately 30 minutes to complete, learners will understand how to access reliable information about medicines. 

For more information and to access the sessions, please visit the MindEd programme page...


National Co-Production Week is back for a seventh year, and is taking place 4th – 9th July 2022. 

The theme for this year is the impact of co-production, which we know can be huge. By involving patients/service users, carers, and communities in service design and development, we can really learn from lived experience, begin to think differently, and challenge current ways of working. This helps us to maintain a truly person-centred perspective, transforming services to be more responsive, relevant, and useful to those who access them.

We are encouraging colleagues across health and care to get involved, and think about how you might take more action to engage with the people who use our services. 

Throughout the week there will be opportunities for learning through virtual training sessions, tools, resources, and inspiring stories. Please see below for some opportunities which are already available:

Tools for Co-Production: Bitesize & Drop-in

5 July 2022 │ 11:00am – 12:30pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams

A short, virtual workshop to get to know the key tools needed to start to build effective relationships with partners and service users for better patient outcomes. The hour-long session will be followed by a 30 minute drop-in, allowing time for a co-production Q&A with our knowledgeable facilitator.

Find out more & book...

Co-Production Drop-in Session

5 July 2022 │ 12:00pm – 12:30pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams

Join this short, virtual drop-in session, where you will have the opportunity to ask our knowledgeable facilitator about any co-production questions you have.

No need to book! Get the link to join here...

Leadership for Co-Production

8 September 2022 │ 2:00pm – 3:00pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams

A short, virtual workshop to inspire managers to build their confidence and capability around driving patient-led service improvements.

Find out more & book...

Tools for Co-Production: Bitesize

14 September 2022 │ 2:00pm – 3:00pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams

A short, virtual workshop to get to know the key tools needed to start to build effective relationships with partners and service users for better patient outcomes.

Find out more & book...


Stay tuned for more! Be sure to keep an eye on our website, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for all the latest info.

Did you know that there are a total of 12 NIHR-funded centres, collaborations and networks in the North East and North Cumbria, including the Applied Research Collaboration?

They work closely alongside each other, and often together, to enable research in our region and beyond.

As a regional group, the NIHR ARC NENC has produced a simple guide which summarises the areas that they are each responsible for, as well as illustrating how they work together.

Download the guide to find out more, including how to get in touch...