Below is a glimpse of what learning and development opportunities are coming up over the next couple of months...

The School for Change Agents - sign up now!

Would you like to develop the skills to make a difference and create change in health and care? Sign up to The School for Change Agents!

The School is aimed at anyone who works in health and care, at whatever level and whether they are in a clinical or non-clinical role – although it is open to everyone and all are welcome. The School offers the opportunity to take their desire to see change happen and make it a reality.

The next run of School will take place on: 7th November 2022

Register to take part in School...


NHS People Equalities Lunch and Learn Empower Hour Series

Some of the most experienced inclusion and social justice practitioners in the NHS have curated a series of six empowering hours of content. Covering a range of topics, each session will focus on leading out loud with compassion and kindness, healthy debate, and developing the behaviours and values that create meaningful change for patients and colleagues.

The target audience for this work spans the NHS workforce, though in design, the content has borne in mind those people working at bands 6 – 8a, or their clinical equivalent as a key area of focus. The purpose of the Empower Hour series is to drive culture change through conversations with subject matter experts and senior leaders, exploring tools to support the development of equality, diversity and inclusion in settings across the NHS.

Sign up for the session on Practising inclusive leadership: insights and evidence from the Messenger Review (10 August 2022, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Location TBC).

To sign up for the wider series, please join the national NHS People Equality, Inclusion and Diversity team on Future NHS.


Discover NHS Leadership Academy Programmes

We know that high quality leadership is closely linked to staff retention and the delivery of the best care for patients and service users.

Are you keen to further your own leadership development and gain a leadership award? Or do you lead a team and want to recommend leadership learning for them? If so, find out about the range of NHS Leadership Academy programmes that are available for both clinical and non-clinical staff working in health and care...

Programmes currently open include:

  • Mary Seacole: Popular 6-month programme that has been designed by global experts. It’s for first time leaders in healthcare. It’s for you if you are in a ‘formal’ position of leadership with responsibilities for people and services, and able to relate what you learn to your workplace
  • Rosalind Franklin:  Designed to support participants to become outstanding innovators and leaders. This programme is suitable for mid-level leaders aspiring to lead large and complex programmes, departments, services, or systems
  • Edward Jenner: For new and aspiring leaders. The Edward Jenner programme will build your foundation-level leadership skills. The programme is delivered online and can be completed at your own pace through a self-guided study of short courses with interactive online discussions

Access the NHS Leadership Academy website here...


Let's Talk Bereavement

Available dates are as follows:

This core skills training will help delegates develop an understanding of grief, and gain some skills and tools to enable people to better support the bereaved and for them to be able to more effectively signpost additional sources of support. 


Personalised Care - Start the Conversation

Available dates are as follows:

The course will cover an introduction to what Personalised Care is and the skills needed to begin embedding Personalised Care conversations and Shared Decision Making in Health and Care. It will challenge practice with the aim to changing mind-set of workers and volunteers so that personalised care becomes part of everyday practice. This will hopefully enable staff to also share best practice and will therefore impact positively on service user and patient outcomes. 


Mindfulness Based Living Course Intro and Programme

10 August 2022 │ 9:30am - 10:30am │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams     OR     23 August 2022 │ 12:30pm - 1:30pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams

Mindfulness promotes a way of being that helps us to take better care of ourselves and lead healthier lives. It also enables us to access inner resources for coping effectively with stress, difficulty and illness.

The Mindfulness Based Living Course is an eight week course consisting of eight classes, which are typically two hours long, preceded by an introductory class before the eight week course begins. A day of mindfulness practice is also typically included and will be used as a follow-up one month after the 8 week course ends.

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LUNCH & LEARN - Effective partnership working – learning from the Well@Home project

17 August 2022 │ 12:30pm - 1:00pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams

This session will describe the fantastic partnership working which has taken place to establish the Well@Home service in north Cumbria.

From initial contact to having an up-and-running service, it took just six weeks of planning and organisation – a huge achievement for all who have been involved.

Well@Home is a real lifeline for individuals who are discharged from hospital without the help of family or friends, providing four weeks of support to enable them to regain and maintain their independence at home and in the community.

No need to book! Find out more & get the joining link...


Organisation Development (OD) Network: September 2022

7 September 2022 │ 9:30am - 11:00am │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams

This session we will be led by Fiona Chatten, Primary Care Development Lead, who will be discussing Professional Identity.

The OD network will focus on building OD knowledge and capability in the North and West Cumbria health and care system. It has been set up to support leaders and staff to come together to learn, share experiences and gain support and coaching expertise.

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An Introduction to Managing Projects

7 September 2022 │ 2:00pm - 3:30pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams

Project management is an essential skill-set for many roles. This virtual workshop is ideal If you need to manage projects at work, while not necessarily being a formally trained project manager. It is also suitable if you are considering undertaking a project in the near future and are seeking to learn and apply essential project management knowledge and skills.

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Leadership for Co-Production: Bitesize

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/service user-led service improvements.

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Manager as Coach: Everyday Coaching Conversations

9 September 2022 │ 9:00am - 11:00am │ Virtual: Zoom     &     Repeated Date: 14 November 2022

Brought to you by NEYLA, this interactive workshop is aimed at managers at all levels and roles, and those aspiring to their first management role. Join to gain insight and skills in the key leadership skill of how to start, hold and complete a transformational conversation.

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Collaboration for Improvement: September 2022

12 September 2022 │ 2:00pm - 3:30pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams

Following the success of this topic at our July Improvement Network, this Collaboration for Improvement session will inspire improvement practitioners and managers to build their confidence and capability around driving patient/service user-led service improvements. Aims and outcomes:

  • Understand the behaviours required for creating a collaborative approach to service improvement
  • Learn how to inspire staff and service users to get involved with co-production
  • Why co-production produces better service improvements
  • Learn and share experiences of co-production and collaborative working

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Cumbria Improvement System Toolkit

14 September 2022 │ 9:30am - 12:00pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams

This workshop will help you to understand some basic service improvement tools and methods that will help you to make successful improvements in your practice for the benefit of patients and service users.

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Health Inequalities Summit – Primary Care

14 September 2022 │ 12:00pm - 2:30pm │ Virtual

Hosted by the North East and North Cumbria Deep End Network, supported by the ARC NENC and Integrated Care System (ICS) NENC

The event will focus on how to increase access to healthcare, improve experience and health outcomes within primary care, particularly in practices that are in the most deprived areas across our Integrated Care System (ICS).

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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.

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Person-Centred Career Conversations – for team leaders

15 September 2022 │ 9:00am - 10:30am │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams

Are you a leader or line manager working in health and care in Cumbria? Do you have staff with underutilised skills and experience, who would benefit from being re-energised in their own development? Perhaps they’ve reached the mid-point in their career, and aren’t sure what’s next? 

A career conversation is not a performance review or appraisal – it’s an honest, open discussion between employee and manager which supports the employee in developing their goals and plans.

In having career conversations with staff, leaders and line managers can begin to understand the work and life challenges individuals face, support their overall wellbeing, and can help to give individuals new purpose and feel a stronger sense of belonging. Staff can feel re-energised and re-engaged, ultimately improving patient/service user care.

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Workplace Wellbeing – Thrive not survive

15 September 2022 │ 2:30pm - 4:30pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams

The session aims to be a practical and thought provoking look at what resilience and wellbeing are, and a look at ways to focus on them and ultimately plan to get more of what you want in the workplace. It also provides a safe, confidential space to share your personal experiences if you wish to.

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Leading for Informal Leaders 

19 September 2022 │ 1:00pm - 3:00pm │ Virtual: Zoom

An informal leader can be described as someone worth listening to because of their lived experience and reputation among peers. Being aware of your own informal leadership can help you to communicate your thoughts and ideas more effectively, and influence decisions with integrity.

Brought to you by NEYLA, this session is particularly targeted at those who do not see themselves as holding a formal position of authority, or those seeking to step into a more formal leadership role.

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Manager as Coach: Teams and Teaming in Turbulent Times 

30 September 2022 │ 9:30am - 11:30am │ Virtual: Zoom

This interactive workshop is aimed at managers at all levels and roles, and those aspiring to their first management role. Join to gain insight and skills in understanding and responding to shifting team dynamics.

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Psychological Safety

18 October 2022 │ 9:00am - 12:00pm │ Virtual     OR     28 November 2022 │ 1:00pm - 4:00pm │ Virtual

Workplace psychological harm carries a high risk to individuals, for example depression, anxiety, irritability, poor cardiovascular and gastric health, and traumatic stress. Organisations also suffer in terms of sickness absence, compensation, reduced morale, motivation, and production. This type of harm has shown to be associated with higher turnover and intent to leave the organisation, higher absenteeism, and decreased commitment. Left unchecked such behaviours can effectively become a culture that is harmful, unequal, and toxic.

Embedding psychological safety will evidently reduce inequality, turnover, and sickness rates, improve health and well-being, and increase productivity.

These virtual masterclasses are powerful, thought provoking and available to all health and social care providers.

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SAVE THE DATE: National ARC Symposium for Inequalities and Prevention

16 November (afternoon) and 17 November (morning) 2022 │ York

The ARC North East and North Cumbria will be leading a National Inequalities and Prevention Symposium later this year, in York. The event is linked to the national priority programmes of work which ARC NENC lead in these two areas, as well as national leadership in these research themes.

The event will be free, but places will be limited. If you think you would be interested in attending, please email arcnenc@cntw.nhs.uk by the end of Friday 15 July. You will then receive an email when registration opens.

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Inclusion Awareness Training

21 November 2022 │ 10:00am - 1:00pm │ Virtual: Zoom

Brought to you by NEYLA, the training session will cover how to recognise conditions such as Dyslexia, DCD/Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Conditions at work.

By the end of the course participants should gain a thorough overview of the neurodiverse profile and the implications of this for workplace performance.

You’ll also gain some practical ideas for making sure the work environment suits a diverse range of employees, and how to organise tasks so that people can work at their best.

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