BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision-making resource providing the latest evidence-based information to use at the point of care. Funded by Health Education England, it is free to NHS professionals and students in England.

Rated as one of the best support tools worldwide, it includes guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention, ‘how to’ videos, patient information and more. Updated daily it provides information, anywhere, any time of day or night on or off-line.  

Go to and register via NHS OpenAthens (instructions here). Once registered you can download the app.


The North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network, in collaboration with suicide prevention charity Every Life Matters Cumbria, have launched three new short animations as part of its “look after yourself, look out for others, and get help early” awareness campaign. The aim is to use the animations to reach as many people as possible, especially people who may be struggling to cope and to help prevent anyone feeling they need to struggle alone.

The films are available for sharing now from their website and YouTube channel. There is a full length version and three shorter videos focusing on each key message:

Full version

Look after yourself

Look out for others

Get help early

Download a toolkit online here... 


We are pleased to confirm that from 15th February 2021, all of our programmes can once again go ahead as planned.

Please note that we may still need to make changes to some of our sessions and venues due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and the current lockdown. We will be directly in touch with any affected delegates should such situations arise.

Many thanks again for your continued understanding and patience during this time.


Places still available on upcoming programmes...

Coaching Skills Workshop
 │ 2nd March 2021 │ 9.30am - 4.30pm │ Click here to find out more and to book

Introduction to Human Factors in Healthcare │ 18th March 2021 │ 9.30am - 4.30pm │ Click here to find out more and to book

NEW Measurement for Improvement │ 20th April 2021 │ 10am - 12pm │ Click here to find out more and book

NEW Reducing Waste │ 27th April 2021 │ 10am - 12pm │ Click here to find out more and book

Clinical Skills Training - NEW DATES RELEASED:

  • 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; and
  • Male/Female & Supra Pubic Catheterisation
  • ... click here to see our full list of training and to book your place

More dates for 2021/22 coming soon!

Accessible, high-quality information on COVID-19 is available in one place to make it easy for staff and carers across all health and care settings to find trusted information they can use with patients, families, carers and service users, quickly and easily.

Selected by HEE’s national NHS Knowledge and Library Services team, provides a gateway to the best available resources, gathered from a range of relevant health and third sector providers.

Updated regularly, the tailored content includes materials aimed at specific groups such as children and young people, older people and carers and for people with cancer or long-term conditions as well as providing resources in different accessible formats.  Most recently sections have been added on long-COVID and vaccination.


On 26th January 2021, more than 20 colleagues from across health and care in North Cumbria completed their Ambassador training.

The two-day programme was coordinated by Jennifer McCall (Specialist Advisor for Inclusion, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust) in partnership with CLIC, and delivered by Show Racism the Red Card. It offered a comprehensive look at the issues surrounding race and equality, current legislation, and hate crime, and aimed to really challenge mind-sets, ultimately giving delegates the tools to recognise unacceptable behaviours and promote inclusion.

One of the attendees said:

“I have attended many courses on Diversity and Equality over the years and hands down this was the best. Justine and Jake were excellent trainers who were highly knowledgeable and very relatable… It will help me develop my knowledge base as well as inform the work I am doing… Cannot recommend this course highly enough”

A key component of the programme was the concept of allyship. As described by Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) in the video below, allyship is about listening to the communities you want to support and actively taking action in doing so – ‘ally’ is a verb, a doing word:

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the programme, and hope the learning from it will be used to make a positive difference in our local health and care system.

It is planned that this programme will run again in the future, so if you would like to express your interest and be notified of dates when they are available, please get in touch with us: 


You might also be interested in…

The North East Leadership Academy’s Inclusion Conference: Allyship

Date: 10th March 2021

Time: 09:00AM to 01:00PM

Venue: Online via Zoom

The Inclusion Carousel is an opportunity to connect with colleagues, and gain insight into current initiatives nationally and locally. The agenda will include a mix of speakers and workshops, with an opportunity to select from a menu of available options. 

To find out more and to book your place, please visit: