The Health Foundation has launched an exciting new £2.1m programme for partnerships developing collaborative communities where people, families, health care professionals and researchers work together to improve health care.

The Common Ambition programme will support up to five ambitious teams across the UK to work towards a shared aim: to build sustainable change across health care through collaboration between those who use services and those who deliver them.

We are inviting partnerships between the voluntary and community sector and the NHS to apply for our programme and are offering funding of £300,000 to £500,000 for two to three years.

The programme is now open for expressions of interest and will close at 13:00 on 20 March 2020.

Find out more and apply

Learning Organisation Collaborative (LOC) Fifth International Festival #LOCintheLakes

Date: Tuesday 3rd March 2019

Timings: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: Rheged, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0DQ

It's just over two weeks until LOC in the Lakes 2020, and this year is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before! Here's a glimpse at what our exciting programme has to offer:

We have keynote speeches from...

  • Alan Martyn – NHS England and NHS Improvement – With a background in the military, Alan is a Lean transformation expert
  • Stewart Gee – Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust – An innovator with a wealth of improvement experience 

With additional speakers...

  • Professor Stephen Singleton – Director of our Learning and Improvement Collaborative – Our very own productivity guru
  • Helen Bevan (via video) – NHS England and NHS Improvement – A world-renowned healthcare social media influencer, and a highly acclaimed leader of change

And workshops from...

  • Dean Oliver – Regional Productivity Lead, NHS England and NHS Improvement: Improving Productivity in the NHS
  • Dr Sarah Fryer – Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust: Using time pressure management to lighten your load
  • Peter Skelhorn & Karen Gooding – IM&T Training Team, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust: A fresh outlook on Outlook
  • Dr Andrea Baqai – Local GP by background: A more manageable day with Mindfulness
  • Jennifer James & Nicola Martin – Lead Occupational Therapists, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust: The Occupational Therapy Team Strikes Back on Orthopaedics!! Our journey of transforming an unmanageable day
  • Plus many, many more...

This is one not to be missed! Book your place before 25th February at: 

We are looking for new schemes that enable staff to take forward improvements within their service aligned to the system and Care Group objectives, priorities and organisational values.  

Engaging for Improvement puts the patient at the heart of everything we do; by identifying an idea for improvement then gathering information to understand and measure the current state. The success of any improvement lies in engagement and involvement of the right people from the start, E4I focusses on engaging with the team and wider stakeholders to gather their views and ideas.   

It is a six step approach designed to be worked through over a period of 20 weeks. Wave 13 will take place between April and September 2020, during this time the CLIC Team will actively support you to lead your improvement.

If you think Engaging for Improvement is something you are interested in follow THIS LINK to access an Expression of Interest Form complete and return this to the CLIC Team at by the 16th March 2020.


By Kate Rogers, Organisational Development Facilitator with CLIC

Often, our success is influenced by our own mind; our thoughts, opinions and memories of past experiences. This has often been explored, for example, through the Inner Game theory by Tim Gallwey. Mindfulness is an increasingly popular practice that is a helpful and effective way to create the space to see how our thought processes impact our behaviours and our potential. We can also use various tools, such as the ‘Force field Analysis’ by Kurt Lewin to help us to identify how our internal world can impact our outer world, and hinder or help our outcomes.

Carol Dweck argues that our success can also be influenced by our mindset, and how whether we have a ‘growth’ mindset, or a ‘fixed’ mindset can impact on our achievements, and how we feel about our failures. Here in this insightful video, Carol talks more about the differences between growth and fixed mindsets, the impact this can have on how you approach a challenge, and what you can do to develop your own growth mindset.

You can find out further information on growth mind-sets in Carol Dweck’s book ‘Mindset – Changing the way you think to fulfil your potential’.

Following another successful CLIC-facilitated GP Update course on 1st February, held in the Education Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary, we have a handful of GP Update Handbooks (with GPCPD access) available to purchase:

  • Price: £70 per Handbook (RRP £150)

This Autumn 2019 / Winter 2020 edition contains 100s of the most relevant updates for primary care. Red Whale could not fit it all into one handbook, so included is 12 months online access to with over 500 articles and a lot more.

Between the Handbook and the inclusive online access, you’ll get just about everything you need for self-study, patient consultation or to earn your CPD credits. Red Whale cover 97% of the RCGP determined curriculum for Primary Care. 

Look inside the GP Update Handbook.

To enquire about purchasing a Handbook, please contact Amy Aitken at: