By Sheila Marsh, Head of Library & Knowledge Services in North Cumbria NHS

Make-over of the Library facilities at West Cumberland Hospital

The Library has upgraded its facilities with funding from HEE to create a more welcoming, comfortable and COVID safe environment for staff and students to study and relax away from their normal work area.  There are 8 computers with Internet and small breakout areas for discussion/ quiet study and laptop work areas. Out of hours access is available on request.

The Library & Knowledge Services also has a brand new staff website. It is now easier than ever before to access our clinical evidence resources using our new ‘google’ style Library-ONE search. For more information please visit:    

In December we launched a new Library resource of the month feature. This month it is the Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical and Cancer Nursing Procedures 

New ---- Access was recently extended to include all primary care staff in North Cumbria along with those working for North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS FT.

  • You can access from home, go to and log in with your OpenAthens account*
  • A new video guide shows you how to navigate the manual and quickly find the information you need watch it here
  • Using the manual can also help you with reflective practice as part of your nursing revalidation/CPD and daily practice

*If you don’t have an Athens account you can register here or you email us at if you require further information or assistance.

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Show Racism the RED card are delivering a 2 day ambassador programme for North Cumbria.

The areas of the programme will include:

  • Barriers to Prejudice, and the Role of Unconscious Bias
  • Recognising and Responding to Prejudicial Incidents
  • Recognising and Responding to Hate Crime
  • Effective Challenge and the Language of Equality
  • Allyship

The main aims of the programme are:

  • Staff that are trained to recognised behaviours that are not acceptable
  • Promote inclusion, good values and behaviours and showcase this to others
  • Be a point of contact in the workplace for staff to reach our who need support

This 2 day programme will be virtual sessions delivered via Zoom on the below dates:

  • Day 1: Tuesday 19th January, 10am – 12.30pm
  • Day 2: Tuesday 26th January, 10am – 12.30pm

When the session is finished there will be time for questions and talks with the trainers.

Click here to book your place.

If you require any further details please contact 

Date: 15 January 2021

Time: 08:00 AM to 09:30 AM

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

The North East and Yorkshire Leadership Academy (NEYLA) would like to invite you to attend their virtual Breakfast Bites for Primary Care. Following on from our successful face-to-face Breakfast events pre-pandemic, they aim to utilise the same short and accessible format with the added benefit of you now being able to access the events virtually from a venue of your choosing.

As before, the format will combine a short topical input with space for discussion and networking. You are welcome to bring your own breakfast and beverage, PJ bottoms optional!

Click here to find out more and book your place.

BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision-making support tool providing the latest evidence-based information to use at the point of care. Funded by Health Education England (HEE), it is free to all NHS healthcare professionals and learners in England.

Rated as one of the best support tools worldwide, BMJ Best Practice includes step by step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention as well as medical calculators, how-to videos and patient information leaflets. Content includes clinical expertise from over 1,600 international authors and 2,500 peer reviewers which means users have up to date references available at their fingertips, anywhere, any time of day or night.

As well as essential COVID-19 resources to support healthcare professionals with diagnosis and management of COVID-19, staff will have access to the latest evidence on thousands of clinical topics, medical calculators, videos on common procedures and nearly 500 patient information leaflets.

All NHS staff in England can access BMJ Best Practice by going to where they can register using their NHS OpenAthens username and password (instructions here). Once registered they can also download and use it via an app on a mobile device.