By Nick Jackson, Improvement and Development Practitioner at NCIC and CLIC Associate

It’s been an interesting month for us CLIC Associates, with another lockdown upon us we have used the skills and principles that we help others learn in order to adapt to new situations ourselves. Once again we have had the privilege of recruiting volunteers to help with the North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust’s COVID-19 efforts, and once again the spirit and generosity displayed by people from all walks of life, who just want to help, has been humbling. People have given up their time to attend training on basic patient care in readiness to support our staff in any way they can.

From assisting at the West Cumberland Hospital vaccination hub, where volunteers have helped in the efforts to vaccinate not only staff but also the most vulnerable and elderly, to answering the call of the Medical Records department at Kingmoor Park; our volunteers have once again shown how the NCIC values of Kindness, Respect, Ambition, and Collaboration are displayed by the community we serve as well as our staff.

A big thank you from the CLIC family to all those who have come forward, and we look forward, with you, to a bit of normality in the not so distant future. 

This week marks the start of LGBT+ History Month 2021

LGBT+ History Month is celebrated every February to increase the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community, their history, lives and experiences. This year’s theme is body, mind and spirit and the North East and Yorkshire Leadership Academy (NEYLA) have highlighted that a range of events are taking place across the NHS.

We are the NHS: People Plan for 2020/2021 – action for us all calls for leaders to create a kind, compassionate and inclusive culture, and through understanding the lived experience of those that are different we can work to create a sense of belonging for all of our NHS people.

To learn more about LGBT+ history, and for tips on being a better ally to LGBT colleagues visit 


Upcoming sessions available through CLIC...

LGBT+ Training

Date: 1st March 2021

Time: 09:00AM to 01:30PM

Venue: Online via MS Teams

Find out more and book your place via our training and events page.

Transgender Awareness Training: Working Supportively with Gender Diversity

Date: 31st March 2021

Time: 09:00AM to 01:30PM

Venue: Online via MS Teams

Find out more and book your place via our training and events page.


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academy has today launched a pilot pre-doctoral fellowship scheme for those working in local authorities and local authority supporting services.

Designed to support the development of credible ‘practitioner academic’ career pathways within local authority settings, these fellowships will allow awardees to retain their existing employment contracts and salaries, whilst protecting their time to prepare an application for a PhD fellowship and undertake a fully funded programme of relevant Masters level training.

This will increase the capacity of local authorities and local authority supporting services to generate and support research that will help tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future. 

These awards are available to individuals of any profession or background, except doctors and dentists, who can already access equivalent dedicated funding opportunities. Applicants must be employed by a local authority, a provider of local authority commissioned services or a non-profit organisation (such as a charity). The non-profit organisation should provide services on behalf of a local authority, or support a local authority in meeting its objectives.

Pete Thompson, Director of Programmes and Impact at NIHR Academy said, ‘We are delighted to be able to offer these new fellowships and hope to see individuals take advantage of them to build careers that combine professional practice in local authority settings with research and research leadership.’

This pilot scheme is being run alongside a companion doctoral fellowship scheme that will open in April 2021. For eligibility requirements and how to apply, see the NIHR Pre-doctoral Local Authority Fellowship Scheme funding opportunity.

There will be 30 projects funded through the most recent round of Q Exchange, Q’s grant funding programme. This year focused on embedding positive changes emerging through new collaborations or partnerships during COVID-19.

Over the next few weeks they will be creating opportunities for the community to learn more about the 30 projects that have been awarded this year, and how Q members can get involved with them.

Explore the projects and find out more here.

Life expectancy is a key indicator of our health and wellbeing. Across most OECD countries in the last 10 years, life expectancy has been stalling – and stalling most in the US and the UK.

In the latest episode of the Health Foundation podcast series, Jennifer Dixon (Chief Executive) is joined by two expert guests to discuss this trend: 

  • Professor Sir Angus Deaton, Co-author of Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, and Emeritus Professor of Economics at Princeton University – awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2015
  • Sarah O’Connor, Employment Columnist for the Financial Times, who regularly highlights the conditions of low-paid workers in the UK.

Click here to listen to the podcast...