We are delighted to announce THREE new Cohorts of the highly popular Mindfulness Based Living Course starting in the coming weeks.


Cohort 27AB - Workington Community Hospital

Introductory sessions: 10am - 11.30am, Tuesday 6th April 2021 or Tuesday 13th April 2021 (two date options - delegates only need to attend one)

8 week course dates: Tuesday 10am – 12pm, beginning April 20th then 27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th, and June 8th and Wednesday 16th 2 - 4pm 2021

Day of mindfulness: TBC


Cohort 28AB - Education Centre, West Cumberland Hospital

Introductory sessions: 10am - 11.30am, Wednesday 7th April 2021 or Wednesday 14th April 2021 (two date options - delegates only need to attend one)

8 week course dates: Wednesday 10am – 12pm, beginning April 21st then 28th, May 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, and June 9th and 16th 2021

Day of mindfulness: TBC


Cohort 29AB - Harraby Community Centre, Carlisle

Introductory sessions: 10am - 11.30am, Thursday 8th April 2021 or Thursday 15th April 2021 (two date options - delegates only need to attend one)

8 week course dates: Thursday 10am – 12pm, beginning April 22nd then 29th, May 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, and June 10th and 17th 2021

Day of mindfulness: TBC

Please see below for details on how to book...

What is mindfulness and why practice it?:

The Mindfulness Association describe mindfulness as a skill we can develop over time, which can deepen our sense of wellbeing and fulfilment. “It involves paying attention to what is occurring in our present moment experience, with an attitude of openness and non-judgemental acceptance. It is about coming back to our senses, being in touch with ourselves, with others and our surroundings.”

It 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.

Possible benefits may be as follows:

Reduced tension, anxiety, stress, reactivity, improve communication, decision making, increase the ability to manage conflict, enhance clarity and creative thinking, achieve balance and develop resilience at home and at work, increase concentration, improve energy levels, promote physical and mental wellbeing.

The Mindfulness Based Living Course:

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.


“I think this course has been the most significant course I have ever undertaken. Its effects have been felt in all aspects of my life. Brilliant!”

“I feel I am more in tune with my emotions and less reactive, which has led to what I feel are better relationships and improved communication. I tend to carry less worry around with me at work and feel happier.”

“The MBLC is the most innovative thing CPFT has ever done. Something that is current and can benefit all band 3’s – 9’s.”


To secure your place on one of these courses, please register to attend one of the available Introductory Sessions by clicking the links below. Note that you only need to attend one of the two Introductory Sessions at your chosen venue, and your booking automatically secures your place on the entire 8 week course.

Cohort 27AB - Workington Community Hospital: 
10am - 11.30am, Tuesday 6th April 2021 or Tuesday 13th April 2021

Cohort 28AB - Education Centre, West Cumberland Hospital: 10am - 11.30am, Wednesday 7th April 2021 or Wednesday 14th April 2021

Cohort 29AB - Harraby Community Centre, Carlisle: 10am - 11.30am, Thursday 8th April 2021 or Thursday 15th April 2021

Do you use your ClinicalKey to unlock evidence?

If not, why not?

  • Available as an App to download to your phone or tablet
  • Access is easy, via the quick link in your internet favourites with your NHS Open Athens account*
  • Gives you free access to 100’s of electronic journals and downloadable clinical textbooks
  • You can use any image copyright free in your teaching or presentations
  • You can track your CME/CPD activity 

Find out how easy it is to activate your account here or watch the short introductory video to find out more.

*If you don’t have an Athens account you can register here or you can contact Library staff if you require further information or assistance 


To support leaders to meet the specific challenges of leading transformation in 2021, the North East and Yorkshire Leadership Academy (NEYLA) are providing an online programme of solution focussed bite sized learning sessions throughout April and May:

*Whilst all of the above dates are currently fully booked, you are able to sign-up to the waiting list and will be contacted if a slot becomes available. 


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