25th November @ 8:00am – 26th February @ 5:00pm

Leadership Support Circles are part of the NHS Leadership Academy's National Health and Wellbeing response to Covid19 to support the wellbeing of #OurNHSPeople. They provide evidence-based guidance and tools in a series of short, themed and interactive online sessions based on 10 principles for leading compassionately. Leadership Support Circles are a reflective space for managers at all levels to come together in a multi-disciplinary setting to share their experiences and be heard.

Leadership support circles offer time and reflective safe space for those with responsibility for managing others through:

  • Short, themed and interactive online sessions based on 10 evidence-based principles for Leading Compassionately During Covid19
  • A multi-disciplinary, interactive space for people managers at all levels to come together, share their experiences and be heard
  • Drawing on practices including Schwartz Rounds and Care Circles often used by clinicians
  • Signposting access to evidence-based guidance, tools and coaching and mentoring support to line managers and leaders

These sessions focus on introducing you to leadership support circles and on 10 evidence-based principles for Leading Compassionately During Covid19.

To find out more and to make a booking, please visit the NHS Leadership Academy's website.

Fuse COVID-19 Seminar – led by the Healthy Ageing Research Programme

Media Representations of Older People During COVID-19

Wednesday 9 December, 13:00 - 14:00 

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Prof Tom Scharf, Professor of Social Gerontology, Newcastle University

The unfolding COVID-19 crisis has had a disproportionate impact on older people, not least in terms of a heightened risk of mortality. The pandemic has also been accompanied by a renewed focus on the ways in which older people have been represented in digital and print media. This Fuse online seminar considers media representations of ageing in 2020 and discusses the ways in which the use of stock images reinforces ageism and negative stereotypes of ageing and later life.

This online event will take place on the Zoom platform with video or dial in options. Joining details will be provided nearer the time.


About Professor Scharf

As Professor of Social Gerontology in the Population Health Sciences Institute, Prof Scharf is currently co-lead of a new research centre at Newcastle University that focuses on inequalities in later life. He joined Newcastle in 2016, having previously been Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway (2010-15). He completed undergraduate studies in Combined Honours (German and Politics) at Newcastle University in 1985, before moving on to Aston University where he was awarded a PhD in Political Science in 1990. Professor Scharf has since held teaching and research posts at Bangor University, Keele University and the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, Germany. 

From 2019 to 2022, he has been President of the British Society of Gerontology, a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and held visiting professorships at NUI Galway, the University of Manchester, Keele University and the University of Vienna. He is on the Advisory Board of the German Ageing Survey (DEAS) and has held a similar position on The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA).

With the new national restrictions introduced on 5th November, we know that many of you have questions regarding whether our programmes will continue to go ahead over the next month whilst these measures are in place.

We are pleased to advise that we are able to continue with many of our activities, although where possible, we will be moving events to take place on a virtual platform. Where this is not possible, we will run face-to-face sessions following enhanced risk assessments to ensure the safety of you, our delegates, as well as our trainers. Please be assured that we continue to follow government guidance on social distancing and other preventative measures – for example, bookings on all of our face-to-face sessions have been limited to ensure social distancing can be observed at all times. 

Unfortunately on occasion, due to venue closures we may need to postpone some of our events. We will be in touch with all of our delegates who are due to be attending events during this period in order to confirm the details of their session with them.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at: info@theclic.org.uk 


How health partnerships can respond effectively to Covid-19

A new report by Institute of Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) shares eight factors that have enabled health partnerships to respond effectively to Covid-19. Previous barriers to the NHS, councils and the voluntary sector working together – such as information governance, organisational boundaries or agendas, and lack of trust – were removed, or set aside, in order to respond swiftly to a ‘tsunami of need’. This is based on learning from 11 partnerships in different areas of England. 

You can hear directly from some of these areas and other speakers on cross-sector partnership working at a virtual conference on 17 and 18 November.