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

Bowman Lounge, Harraby Community Centre, Edgehill Road, Harraby, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 3SN

Introductory sessions: 10am - 11.30am, Wednesday 9th December 2020 or Wednesday 13th January 2021 (two date options - delegates only need to attend one)

8 week course dates: Wednesday 9.30am – 11.30am, beginning January 20th then 27th, February 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, and March 3rd and 10th 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 the course, please register to attend one of the available Introductory Sessions on either 9th December 2020 or 13th January 2021. Note that you only need to attend one of these two Introductory Sessions, and your booking automatically secures your place on the entire 8 week course.

We are pleased to share with you a copy of Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative's Six Month Report (April - September 2020).

"It was an unusual start to the financial year with the first wave of a new pandemic impacting on all aspects of our service and our lives.

Staff across health and care stepped-up and responded amazingly during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving great outcomes at a fast pace. Our challenge now is to adapt to a new world, and to continue to support our people to be the best they can be in transforming health and care services..."

Download the full report below to read on:


Finding the darker nights & lockdown a tough combination?Free support is available on the Togetherall website.

The site is dedicated to starting conversations and creating a safe place to share. It can be used if you live in Cumbria and aged 16 or over. To access just enter your postcode at: https://togetherall.com  

We appreciate that due to the Covid-19 pandemic that this is an extremely busy time for Practice Managers and therefore we will adopt a phased approach to the introduction of the programme, with the aim of having the full programme in place in April 2021. 

To support career progression, the North Cumbria Practice Manager Development Programme offers a comprehensive series of learning and development opportunities. It is open to all experienced and aspiring practice managers in within the area. 

The programme aims to offer infrastructure to build capability along the career pathway from entry into the Practice Manager role to moving beyond the role. The programme is delivered in partnership with North Cumbria Primary Care Training Hub, Primary Care Team, CLIC, North East and Yorkshire Leadership Programme, and the LMC Horizon programme that has run successfully within Lancashire and South Cumbria. 

We would like to highlight an Aspiring Practice Managers programme, delivered by Horizon/LMC and available now. To express an interest in participating in the Aspiring Practice Manager programme please contact Toni.Phillips@nwlmcs.org 


All components of the Practice Manager Development Programme are fully funded and therefore free to Practice Managers to access. 

Accessing the programme

To express interest in participating in the CLIC or NEYLA elements of the Practice Manager Development Programme, please contact us at info@theclic.org.uk