The Movement for Improvement was created to develop, promote and grow a network to support and encourage people to create a culture for Continuous Improvement across Health and Social Care in Cumbria, and the Morecambe Bay area.

The network is designed to encourage engagement with, and sharing of, improvement approaches, knowledge and learning, and applying this in practice.
Sharing learning is one of the key purposes of the network, through linking colleagues and information resources outside the team's immediate context , developing a culture of involvement, engagement, partnership and learning we hope to grow the use of quality improvement capability within and across Health and Care Organisations.

Our shared purpose......

  • Shared learning
  • To support others in their improvement work
  • To support, help and encourage each other in our improvement work
  • To ensure we receive the support, encouragement and development we need as improvement practitioners

To join the conversation and help us create a Movement for Improvement, register at:  


This one day practical course, delivered by Bob Laventure, is designed for anyone working with older adults to increase physical activity levels, strength, balance and co-ordination. This includes physical activity practitioners, active ageing development officers, sports development professionals, occupational therapists, therapy assistants, older people health care services, exercise instructors and physiotherapists

This innovative and person centred assessment activity was designed at Glasgow Caledonian University to highlight the different components of fitness (as recognised in the 2011 UK CMO Guidelines for Older Adults) necessary for older people to maintain independent living, physical and mental health. The Functional Fitness MOT (FF MOT) results can be used with an older person to highlight their individual strengths and weaknesses and the next steps required to initiate physical activity participation. This is followed by discussion around the person’s needs, preferences and motivation to take advantage of local opportunities and activities designed to promote active ageing. 

The FFMOT has been used as the underpinning intervention in recent Cumbria Health and Wellbeing MOT days in Copeland, and this will also be discussed on the course.

More details of the Functional Fitness MOT can be found at: 

Hosted by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and CLIC 

For details of how to book a place or to submit an application (attached below) please email Vicky Johnston at: 


The new National Leadership Framework ‘Developing People- Improving Care’ (2016) calls for leaders who are skilled in systems leadership, have and can apply improvement know how and can demonstrate compassionate care.

This ‘Aspiring Talent’ pilot has demonstrated that it is possible to develop a talent management process linked to the Developing People framework.

The process, which supports our commitment within West North and East (WNE) Cumbria to attract, grow and develop our people, has evaluated well with both participants and OD practitioners.

We know that we have fantastic people working in health and care across Cumbria and now we have a process that can prove it!

In November last year the North West Leadership Academy granted CLIC some funding to trial a talent management process that would support leaders that are aspiring to work across the West North and East Cumbria health and care system, to understand their strengths and areas for development.

The seven leaders, all from Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust and Cumbria Partnership Trust were assessed on their systems leadership skills, their improvement know how and their leadership behaviours through a rigorous process that included 360 appraisal, an assessment and development day and a written assessment. 

It is fair to say that the process was ‘challenging’ and whilst all our leaders did very well it did stretch them out of their comfort zone.  However, all of those who took part in the evaluation said they felt a real personal benefit and would recommend it to a colleague. One person felt that it “ should be undertaken by all senior managers across the health economy”.

Individuals were able to create a personal development plan that would support their development as a potential leader across the system in the future.

The pilot was designed to support the delivery of the national leadership framework ‘Developing People- Improving Care’ (2016) which guides organisations and systems on people development to support a culture where ‘people at every level take pride and joy in their work, and where together they have the capability and capacity to deliver continuous improvement in care for individuals, population health and value for money’.

There was a lot of learning from the pilot which highlighted some gaps in leadership skills, particularly in understanding and applying service improvement know how. The pilot confirmed that the process used could potentially be used to contribute to local and regional talent pools in the future and the learning will shape the leadership development offered through CLIC in the future.

We know that strong leadership at all levels is needed if we are to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities in Cumbria and deliver the scale of transformation and outcomes we need within the West North and East (WNE) Cumbria.

We need to support leaders to develop to be the best they can be, encouraging them to progress in their careers and make the most of opportunities that are available to them.

The process is currently being reviewed to be able to offer it again in the future and also adapted so that it can be extended to colleagues in County Council.

If you would like to know more about the ‘Developing People- Improving Care’ framework please follow this link: 

or visit the CLIC web site for more information on leadership development opportunities

Please see below for downloadable version of the full report:




In light of the publication of Learning from Deaths, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) received a request from the contract commissioners (HQIP) to deliver training for Structured Judgement Review (SJR) more quickly.

To support this, the National Mortality Case Record Review (NMCRR) programme team will deliver 15 training sessions during August 2017 – January 2018 throughout England.

The next training session to be held in Cumbria will be on the 7th December 2017.

Attendees will be trained on:

  • how to conduct mortality reviews using our Structured Judgement Review methodology and tool
  • be informed of the background of the programme, how to make explicit judgments
  • given case studies to test skills and
  • the chance to ask any questions about the programme.

The sessions will also train attendees to become Tier One Trainers with the ability to cascade training to colleagues wanting to become reviewers. 

Two colleagues from each Trust are welcome to attend the NMCRR training. 

If you are interested in attending, please email or  

We look forward to seeing you at the training sessions.