Health Education England’s national NHS Knowledge and Library Services team is funding online access to over 130 titles published by Oxford University Press (OUP). The e-books are particularly useful for GPs, practice nurses and students on placement.

The agreement covers all titles in the Oxford Medical Handbooks series as well as Oxford Handbooks in Nursing and the ‘Emergencies In…’ series.  It also includes several key textbooks including the Oxford Textbook of Medicine.

The handbooks can now be accessed 24/7 by NHS healthcare staff via the HEE/OUP site using their NHS OpenAthens account. 

Contact the team at: 


The NHS People Plan 2020/2021 outlines that from September 2020, every member of the NHS should have a health and wellbeing conversation and develop a personalised plan. 

This year our Virtually LOC in the Lakes Conference, 'PAUSE. REFRESH. MOVE FORWARD.', is focused on the health and wellbeing of individuals and teams. As part of this, we will be holding two online workshops on 'How to have an effective wellbeing conversation', which will explore how to do this in a way that is truly meaningful and doesn’t feel like just a tick box exercise:

  • Thursday 17th June, 12:00pm – 1:30pm │ Online with MS Teams; or
  • Friday 18th June, 9:30am – 11:00am │ Online with MS Teams

To find out more, please click here and visit our Virtually LOC in the Lakes 2021: PAUSE. REFRESH. MOVE FORWARD. page.

NHS Employers have also worked in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop the following resources to support employers in having wellbeing conversations:

  • a PowerPoint about implementing wellbeing conversations 
  • an animation to support and guide line managers through wellbeing conversations:


  • a three minute staff experience video on how wellbeing conversations helped them personally and why they are important:


  • a two minute staff experience video on how wellbeing conversations helped them personally and why they are important:


Find out more here...

Staff from across North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC) delivering the Long Covid Service to patients across the county have been sharing learning and experiences nationally.

Lorna Gamberini, Voice Specialist with the Adult Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Team has taken part in a national podcast with other speech and language therapists to discuss the necessity of SLTs being involved in patients’ longer term recovery.

She said:

"Across the country SLTs have been involved in patients’ COVID recovery following hospital admission, including intensive care. However, there are often long term voice, throat and swallowing side effects not just for hospitalised patients, but also for people who were initially less severely ill. The Long Covid Service model we have at NCIC, with close multidisciplinary working to allow a joint approach to patient care and timely access to the appropriate health professionals, was much admired by the other participants in the podcast.”

Read more here...

We are delighted to share that we have two exciting job opportunities available within the CLIC Team:

  • Network Lead (Band 6): │ You will focus on: leading the CLIC strategic approach to connect, develop and sustain communities of practice (COP) in leadership and continuous improvement across health and social care; using specialist knowledge to help design and deliver training and development programmes that enhance leadership, team working and continuous improvement; coaching and supporting individuals and teams in their improvement journey; and leading a range of cross sector initiatives that enable North Cumbria to be a great place to work and develop.
  • Administrator (Band 3): │ We need someone who is passionate about an improvement culture, keen to work flexibly within a small team, and able to manage a varied and responsive workload. The role will involve supporting event management, general office duties and managing day-to-day contact with the CLIC office from all health and social care organisations across Cumbria.

Applications for both positions close on 11th May 2021.

A new campaign called Our Frontline has been launched by Samaritans for all health and frontline workers. 

The service is there to provide 24/7 emotional support, by call or text, with trained volunteers or online resources. It’s for all the workers who have been on the frontline throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can find more information here: 

For free, confidential, emotional support:

  • Call 0300 303 4434 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, for trauma and bereavement support from Just B
  • Text FRONTLINE to 85258
  • Or call 0800 069 6222 from 7am to 11pm if you’re in England, or 116 123 any time or if you’re elsewhere in the UK, to talk to Samaritans

All in confidence with trained volunteers.

Discover resources recommended for health care workers below, or click here to see a longer list of resources.

Information about other sources of support for staff can also be accessed here: