Applications are open for the North East and Yorkshire Leadership Academy's (NEYLA) Patient and Citizen Leadership Programme (Virtual). 

The purpose of the programme is to provide a development opportunity for patient and citizen leaders who are working with people and services in the NHS. This could be in hospital trusts, general practice, mental health services, community services, research settings or elsewhere.

The programme is for people and patients who have stepped forwards to gift their time, insights and experience to work alongside clinicians and managers to achieve better outcomes for people receiving services. It is for people who would like to build their confidence and skills and to work as partners alongside people working in NHS services, strengthening relationships and building understanding. Participants will be invited to form a new patient/citizen leader peer network. 

To apply for a place on the programme simply complete the form via this link: 


The Skills for Health 'Health Heroes Awards' are back! And this year hundreds of nominations are expected, both from staff and the public, as they recognise the herculean efforts of our NHS and social care people in 2020, with nine special award categories.

First launched in 2016, the national healthcare awards dedicated to shining a light on support workers. 

You can find out more and nominate a person here.


Are you an executive leader working across health and care in the North Cumbria System?

The Executive Suite is a place where executive leaders, across England, can access offers on a pick and mix basis, designed to inspire and connect them, feed new thinking with access, support and resources at times that suit them and their busy lives.

It has a wide range of offers available to support you throughout your executive journey, with offers ranging from 1:1 psychological support to racial justice focused action learning sets.

The Executive Suite: Supporting senior leaders in health and care has been developed nationally and delivered through a newly created digital space, enabling access to new offers existing executive leadership material and bite-sized learning from across the Leadership and Lifelong Learning programmes.

The entire offer is completely free and can be accessed remotely through the Executive Suite pages on the People website.

The offer was launched on the 9th September 2020. For any further information please contact the North East and Yorkshire Leadership Academy (NEYLA) team at: 

Health Education England has produced two animated films, the first designed to raise awareness among staff of the support they can access from their workplace should they be living with mental ill health. The second film is aimed at supervisors, helping them to be aware of the support they can offer their staff.

It’s important that those experiencing mental ill health know they can talk about it and receive help if they need it. Those in a position of authority should also know what is required of them and how they can help if they are approached by someone who is experiencing mental ill health. 

The two new films can be viewed here.

The strategy and the films, while devised before COVID-19, will be critical to ensuring the sustained health and capacity of the NHS workforce as they respond to the pandemic and beyond. It may take some time for learners and staff to realise the impact of the crisis on their mental wellbeing.


In North Cumbria we want to create happier, healthier communities. We are doing this by:

  • Improving the health and care outcomes of our local communities and supporting people of all ages to be in control of their own health;
  • Building health and care services around our local communities;
  • Building safe and sustainable high quality services;
  • Living within our means and use resources wisely;
  • Integrating how health and care and other organisations work together;
  • Delivering digitally enabled care; and
  • Being a great place to work and develop.

People working in our health and care system have a valuable role in helping achieve these aims, and we want to support you to develop the skills and capabilities to do your role whilst you personally learn and grow!

We support learning together through development programmes and communities of interest, both in the classroom and your workplace. The programmes have been developed to support North Cumbria Health and Care’s system priorities, as well as supporting the development needs of countywide services. This year, COVID-19 has led us to review our programmes in light of social distancing, this means that more training will be available online, and some of the sessions that require face to face learning have had their attendee numbers restricted.  

We are pleased to share our revised Offer for 2020-21 with you (available to download below). 
To book a place on one of our programmes, please visit our Training and Events page.