Do you work in Cockermouth and Maryport ICC team?

Would you benefit from learning more about what it is like to live with Dementia and turn that understanding into action?

Cumbria County Council have Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions being delivered on the following dates, and would like to invite anybody from Cockermouth and Maryport ICC team to join them.

Sessions last approximately 45 mins – 1 hour, and will be held in West Cumbria House, Jubilee Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 4HB on these dates and times:

  • 8th Jan - 10am, 11.30am & 1.30pm (Room 102 in West Cumbria House)
  • 17th Jan - 10am, 11.30am & 2pm (Room 101 in West Cumbria House)
  • 6th  Feb - 10am, 11.30am & 1.30pm (Room 102 in West Cumbria House)
  • 22nd Feb - 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm (Room 102 in West Cumbria House) 

Please contact Jack Wilson ( to book onto one of the sessions. 


12-13 June 2019

North Lakes Hotel and Spa, Penrith

Do you have the skills needed to provide effective care in remote or rural settings?

Remote healthcare is increasingly an issue across the UK and the rest of the world; large populations are being significantly disadvantaged by geographical location. The National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine (NCRRM) inaugural conference aims to pull from global and regional experience and education, to better understand demand and how as providers we can address these needs with education, training and innovation in health technology.

Why attend?

Hear from some of the most inspirational practitioners in the field of remote and rural medicine, some of whom have experience of practising in extreme circumstances. Learn new skills on our conference workshops and find out about the latest courses on offer. Share knowledge, experience and best practice with other workers in remote and rural medicine Be inspired to work in a rural setting – find out more from those who do!

Who should attend?

Doctors and healthcare workers in rural settings and in urban settings where delayed access to secondary care means urgent medicine skills are required. First responders and members of the rural community providing urgent care. Those working in remote and rural healthcare settings currently or who hope to in the future. Digital health practitioners looking for new innovations and test-bed resources


Professor Sir Bruce Keogh

Immediate Former National Medical Director of the NHS Chair of Birmingham Children’s and Women’s Hospital 

Dr Stuart Maitland-Knibb MBChB MRCGP FIMC RCS (Ed) DUMC RCS (Ed)

New educational programmes for remote healthcare

Director, National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine. Stuart is an ex-military medical officer with extensive experience in primary care and emergency medicine both in hospital and pre-hospital. Specialising in urgent unplanned care, he has worked in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and pre-hospital settings for many years and continues to fly a day a week.


Delivering medicine in earthquake zones for  U.K. International  Search and  Rescue

Actively practicing pre-hospital immediate care for over 20 years, Dr Malcolm Russell has served most of his career as a doctor in the British Army including some of the UK’s most elite military units in extreme environments.


First on scene in a major incident

Dr James Hickman is a Somerset GP with a special interest in pre-hospital medicine. He is Medical Chairman of SAVES (the Somerset BASICS scheme) and responds regularly for South Western Ambulance Service.

Professor Richard Lyon MBE MBChB (Hons) MD MRCP FRCEM FCPara DipIMC (RCS Ed)

Changing outcomes  in pre-hospital cardiac arrest in rural and  remote  locations

Professor Lyon is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, HEMS Consultant and Director of Research for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. Prof. Lyon has an established research portfolio in pre-hospital resuscitation, trauma care and emergency medicine with an extensive publication record. He was a lead doctor for the London 2012 Olympic Stadium and takes leading role in Event Medicine.

Dr Chris Press MBChB DipIMC

Delivering healthcare when help is not coming in the near to medium time frame

Alongside his hospital work, Dr Chris Press has been active in UK Mountain Rescue since 2001 as well as acting as an Expedition Medic. He is a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Physician with the Air Ambulance Service. He is also an accomplished cave diver with a number of exploratory projects ongoing throughout Europe.  Other speakers will be asking how we can do things differently in remote settings to deliver the best in care and outcome.


Register your attendance now at 

By Ian Rigg, Mindfulness Facilitator / Teacher / Trainer with CLIC

A common trend is beginning to emerge! We appear to be frantically moving from one place to the next, disconnected from ourselves, others and our surroundings. Our minds are in some ways addicted to distraction (next time you’re in the airport watch what people are doing) and our bodies aren’t moving as much as they did in previous generations. 

Part of our mindfulness training is about coming back to our senses and waking up to this one precious life we have. 

This month I thought I would share the cornerstones of my own health and well-being programme.


Listen to a piece of music that makes you feel, reflect and slow down:


How much time during the day do you sit in the same position (at work, driving, on the couch). The body is designed to move and express itself:


Pause, slow down and allow your mind to rest. Free mindfulness courses are offered throughout the year, across the County for our staff to attend and develop their own mindfulness practice:  


What do you do when you get to the top of a mountain on a clear day and how does it make you feel? Spend more time in nature, surrounded by space. Go for a walk a week in the mountains, since you just happen to live a beautiful part of the country. 

Eat Well

When was the last time you paid attention to the food you fuel your body and mind with? When you eat, refrain from doing anything else but tasting and sensing the food and then notice how the food interacts with your body and makes you feel. Become a conscious consumer and reflect for a moment on what this statement may mean to you and how you can have more of a positive impact on yourself and the planet along the way. 

Go on Adventures 

My friends and I take turns planning an adventure each year and then we go and do it. Watch the film the Bucket List and be inspired live an awesome life full of adventures!

A radical new programme of online courses for those involved in health and social care

Are you:

  • Working in, or with, health or social care?
  • Enthusiastic about make things work better in your local service?
  • Keen to put your improvement ideas into practice, but not sure how?
  • Eager to hear from colleagues across the country with the same concerns?
  • Looking for free, bite-sized Quality Improvement training that you can access at your desk or on the go?

If so, the Improvement Fundamentals learning programme could be for you.

Improvement Fundamentals is a programme of online, self-directed mini-courses in quality improvement (QI) for those involved in heath or social care services.

  • Short: This brand new programme of short, bite-sized mini-courses, takes you through the preparation and delivery of an improvement within your workplace step-by-step.
  • Practical: It is focussed on equipping you with practical knowledge, skills and support, helping you undertakes your own improvement project as you progress through the mini-courses.
  • Collaborative: The course is designed to provide ample opportunity for discussion and collaboration with peers and facilitators to provide learners with a network of support.

The courses are free to take part in, and are delivered entirely online in the form of videos, articles, discussion and practical exercises that contribute to your own improvement project.

The programme is organised into four essential learning areas or suites.

  1. Quality improvement theory
  2. Quality improvement tools
  3. Measuring for quality improvement
  4. Spreading quality improvement


About the courses

Each course will be facilitated for a week, during which time participants will have access to SI’s topic experts for guidance and advice. Following this, participants will have time to work on their own local project.

Learners are able to complete the courses in their own time, with each taking around 2.5 hours in total. This can be done all together or in half hour chunks throughout the week.

Throughout the programme, participants will be guided to put their theory into practice and can submit a piece of work at the end showing how they have done this.

After successfully completing each mini-course, you will receive a certificate of completion for your CPD records.


Improvement Fundamentals 401 starts 21 January 2019

The fourth mini-course, An Introduction to Spreading Improvement Gains, starts on 21 January 2019.

You can also join the discussion on Twitter using #qihikers.

We are pleased to share with you a copy of Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative's Six Month Report (April - September 2018).

A deliberate focus for 2018-19 has been two-fold: the development and establishment of ICCs and improving flow into, within and out of the hospital setting.

The first six months of the year have seen the next waves of ‘Engagement for Improvement’ commence, further RPIWs carried out or planned, and many more training courses and team development sessions.

Progress with our objectives is on track.