North Cumbria continues to help lead the way in COVID-19 studies with NCIC being confirmed as one of the top recruiters in a study to track the infection in NHS staff. 

Currently, around 1.2 per cent of all SIREN participants have been recruited from NCIC and they’re among the leading recruiters for non-clinical support roles, who make up 5% of participants. Alongside this, 11% of participants identify as male and 3%  indicate they are from an ethnic minority background. The SIREN (Sarscov2 Immunity & REinfection EvaluatioN) study’s overall aim is to determine if prior infection of COVID-19 can provide future immunity to re-infection. 

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We are pleased to advise that we have released dates for Clinical Skills Training in the Carlisle area up until the end of July 2021 - dates in West Cumbria coming soon!

Sessions available include:

  • Venepuncture
  • Peripheral IV Cannulation
  • Venepuncture and Cannulation
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring and Delegated Administration of Insulin
  • Management of Central Venous Access Devices
  • Physiological Observations and NEWS2
  • Nasogastric Tubes
  • Verification of Expected Death
  • Male/Female & Supra Pubic Catheterisation

Capacities continue to be limited for social distancing purposes, so we would recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

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Date: Friday 19th March 2021

Time: 13:30 – 15:30

Online Event

The North East and Yorkshire Leadership Academy would like to invite all NHS staff to attend health and wellbeing sessions to support with the challenges of work pressures and home commitments

The workshops will help you to shine a light onto experiences that you may be finding challenging and help you to find solutions that suit you. They have been developed using simple to follow Positive Psychology tools and techniques and will focus on the challenges you are facing today. 

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Are you interested in Quality Improvement?

Why not sign up and talk to others who are too?

Evidence 4 Quality Improvement (E4QI) Q Exchange project has been working to connect improvers with the evidence needed to make decisions and bring about change. A key part of this is to connect those working, or interested in quality improvement. To enable these connections and facilitate share learning we run Randomised Coffee Trials, also known as RCTs.

The objective of our RCTs is to create a community of people interested in sharing knowledge, best practice and learning for quality improvement. It is a great opportunity to break down silos, encourage people to connect and learn from each other and spark new connections and ideas.

The next Randomised Coffee Trial (RCT) will take place in April, and we would love you to take part by simply completing the sign-up form here by 15th March 2021:   

If you sign up, you’ll be matched randomly with someone who has an interest in sharing QI knowledge for a (virtual) coffee and a chat. You and your randomly matched coffee companion will receive an email later that week and then it’s over to you to arrange a suitable time for a chat sometime before Friday 30 April.

If you want to know more about RCT’s and the themes from feedback about previous RCT’s, do check out: 


Join Action for Happiness for a special event with entrepreneur, author and wellbeing expert Arianna Huffington to discover the ingredients we need to thrive...

Date: Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Time: 19:00 – 20:00

Online Event via Zoom

We charge our phones as soon as the battery is low, so why don't we do the same for ourselves and each other?

Arianna Huffington is perfectly placed to discuss the importance of self care, having worked herself to the point of exhaustive collapse. This collapse sparked an epiphany and Arianna realised that the business world and its culture of sleep deprivation is a recipe for poor health and unhappiness, not optimal performance. In response, she founded Thrive Global, a ground-breaking platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live.

At this special event, Arianna will share her latest practical ideas for how you can support your wellbeing. And she'll also reflect on the changes we need in our communities and organisations to create a society where everyone can thrive.

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