By Jayne Edwards, Multi Professional Learning and Development Manager at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC)

The NHS People Plan calls on organisations to boost the number of apprenticeships they offer to local people to help deliver the health service’s long term plan to improve patient care.

Within North Cumbria system, we have developed a track record of offering a range of clinical apprenticeships to our existing workforce – this includes Assistant Practitioners, Nurse Associates, Registered Nurses, Operating Department Practitioners and Advanced Clinical Practitioners. NCIC currently have 261 apprentices on programme with increasing use of levy transfer to support apprenticeships within other sectors such as primary care – levy transfer arrangements are being utilised to support GP practices to train their own Advanced Clinical Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Nurse Associates and Assistant Practitioners. Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for organisations to  invest in home grown talent and offer flexible, alternative routes into careers allowing people to earn as they learn.  

Apprenticeships are also an important element of our leadership development – with 30 health care leaders currently on the Senior Leaders Masters apprenticeship with the University of Lancaster, we are looking to run a fourth system-wide offer which will commence in December 2020. CLIC supports this programme with opportunities for shared learning, networking and a focus on learning opportunities and projects which meet system priorities.

Anyone who would like to find out more about apprenticeships can contact Jean Hill, Workforce Development Lead: 

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with the Money Advice Service, an organisation who work to improve people’s financial wellbeing across the UK, to provide all our NHS employees with free and independent financial support. We have a variety of offers that you are able to engage with personally or signpost colleagues to who may need this support:

  1. Support Line: Free and impartial money advice 
  2. Online Support: Hub of Resources
  3. Virtual Interactive Events: Managing Your Money

Please see the below flyer for web event dates and how to join, as well as details on how to contact The Money Advice Service should you or someone you know need support.


Are you in a leadership role? Leading teams or leading and influencing across teams?

Leading Sustainable Change is your 5 day programme developed and delivered by the CLIC team.

Our organisational development, improvement and leadership development teams have come together, pooling our collective resource and expertise, to build on past leadership programmes and create this fantastic leadership offer for you. 

In return for your commitment to this 5 day programme (delivered over a 4 month period) you will get the latest thinking, expertly facilitated, to help you thrive as leaders in our complex and health and care system in North Cumbria. The programme will equip you with practical tools and techniques to help you to lead change in your service and across the system, as well as the opportunity to develop personal insight and behaviours to enable such change. For more information on the content of each of the 5 days, please refer to the Programme Overview (available to download below).

This Cohort is taking place in West Cumbria, and the course dates are as follows:

  • Day 1 - Wednesday 18th November 2020, 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Day 2 - Tuesday 24th November 2020, 9.30am - 4:30pm
  • Day 3 - Thursday 17th December 2020, 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Day 4 - Tuesday 19th January 2021, 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Day 5 - Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 9.30am - 4:30pm

To find out more and apply, please visit this course on our training and events page.