by Nick Jackson, Continuous Service Improvement Facilitator with CLIC

After a successful Engaging for Improvement project led by Anne-Marie Weller, which introduced Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP) to Maple Orthopaedic wards at the Cumberland Infirmary, Helen McGahon (Associate Director of Allied Health Professionals) was so impressed she asked CLIC to help introduce the concept to Allied Healthcare Professionals in North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC). CLiP is a coaching-based method of training which enables all staff on the ward to act as coaches for students; this means we are moving from the traditional one-to-one student mentor relationship to increase capacity for placements.


Working with our partners from the University of Cumbria, the Physiotherapy team are trialling the CLiP approach on the Elm pavilion and so far the feedback is very positive. The students are enjoying the independence they are being afforded, as well as the support they are getting from both their tutors at the university and the staff on the ward.


NCIC's Practice Education Facilitators and Allied Health Professional teams plan to roll the CLiP method out to other wards in the new year, and hope to have the same success as has been experienced in other trusts who use CLiP, seeing benefits in recruitment and retention as well as an improvement in patient experience.


E4I Wave 9 Completion Workshop

To find out more about Engaging for Improvement, please go to: www.theclic.org.uk/what-we-do/engaging-for-improvement