Open to practitioners and researchers from the North East and North Cumbria, at all career stages.

Social care is becoming an increasing priority for research councils who fund research activity, including the NIHR.

As a result, there are a growing number of opportunities for research relevant to those who come into contact with social care. 

However, up until now, social care research has not benefitted from established research capacity, opportunities, or supportive structures.

To address this, the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) and the Clinical Research Network (CRN) in our region are working to build capacity and support capability in social care research.

As part of this work, they would like to convene a Social Care Research Special Interest Group.

The group will bring together practitioners and researchers at various stages of their career, and with varying levels of research experience, who are interested in social care research.

If this is relevant to your area of work or interest, please join.

Find out more and register to join the first event on Tuesday 28 June...

As part of LOC in the Lakes 2022, we shared a number of case studies/stories on the fantastic work health and care colleagues have been doing to improve wellbeing and reduce inequalities in their area.

Seagull Café is a singing for health community group for the over 60s. Based in Morecambe, the project has improved the health of its members in a number of ways. Below is a short video from the project's pilot year (2019): 

In this video, we hear from Anna Daly (Music for Health Project Manager, More Music), Anji Stokes (Head of Development Bay ICC, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT) and Erik Worsley (Social Prescribing Link Worker, Bay Medical Group) on how the project is progressing three years on:

If you would like to find out more about Seagull Cafe, please contact Anna Daly: 

Teach it forward! If you would like to share your improvement story, please get in touch with us at 

LOC in the Lakes returned last month with another successful conference.

More than 215 colleagues from health and care across north and west Cumbria (and beyond!) attended the Launch event at Carlisle Racecourse and the virtual workshops during the week of 16th May.

It is the seventh time we and the Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria (ASHN NENC) have organised the conference, which this year focused on ‘Working differently for population health – inspiring change to reduce inequalities'. It really was great to be back seeing people face-to-face again, and was truly a fantastic week.

If you joined one of the sessions, we really hope you enjoyed it and found it valuable to you in your role. Feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive, with the thought-provoking events inspiring and motivating delegates to consider how they can work differently and begin to bring about real change in order to achieve better health for everyone

Attendees shared some of their thoughts on social media:

“Had a fantastic day at #LOCinthelakes thank you to all the speakers, facilitators and support staff. A brilliant collaboration and thoroughly insightful day. Great networking opportunities too and so good to see many colleagues in person for the first time in ages. Thank you”

“Fantastic day - meeting with people ‘for real’ instead of email and screen - so many ideas and so great to connect! Back to the NHS Wellbeing Service - North Cumbria tomorrow full of inspiration about how we further our work to connect with community. Thank you”

You can access the highlights, keynotes and workshop presentations here...

Keep it going!
 Many of you shared your 'pledges', describing the actions you were going to take to address health inequalities in our area. We would love to hear about any improvements you have already made - please keep sending any updates to us at our email address below.

We will keep you all posted about our conference in 2023. In the meantime, as always we would really value your feedback or suggestions to help us make our future events even better! Please send us any comments you have to: 

Thank you again to everyone who played a part in LOC in the Lakes 7!

All staff across the region are welcome to join this event in celebration of the Green Plan achievements of trusts and Integrated Care Systems in the North East and Yorkshire, the support for NHS-wide ambition to become the world’s first healthcare system to reach net zero carbon emissions, and a look ahead to a greener and healthier region. 

  • 6th July 2022
  • 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Virtual

You’ll hear about the fantastic work being done across our region to improve patient care and community wellbeing whilst tackling climate change and sustainability issues. Get to meet and talk with people from across the region. Share and learn from case studies and innovations covering a wide range of greener NHS areas for you to take forward in your own professions and organisations.

Find out more & book...


Part of Health Education England North East & North Cumbria, HEENENC - Delivered by North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS FT (NCIC)

We are pleased to announce that North Cumbria School of Generalism, delivered by NCIC, is recruiting to a second cohort. This will again be an innovative programme, giving the opportunity for a cohort of 24 multi-professional, multi-disciplinary, clinical and administrative/management staff drawn from across north and west Cumbria health and care providers to learn alongside each other gaining a common language and shared skills and competencies to enable them to better understand, navigate and deliver the increasingly complex and comprehensive services required to provide life-time health care to the local population.

North Cumbria School of Generalism is one of Health Education England’s Enhance Generalism trailblazer programmes, commissioned by HEENENC as one of 2 place based schools. The first cohort have completed half the part-time programme, requiring a commitment of 2-4 hours a week mixed between self-directed and face to face learning as a whole cohort, and feed-back has been excellent.

Dr Ruth O’Dowd, HEENENC Head of School for North Cumbria School of Generalism

“There is considerable national interest in the unique approach taken in North East and Yorkshire with 2 place based Schools designed to deliver a coherent programme to a deliberately very mixed cohort of healthcare professionals from different organisations within North Cumbria and promote greater understanding of roles and skills with the aim of achieving a more holistic approach to patient care in all our contacts.”

Phil Johnson-Blackwell, Generalist Fellow – CNTW

“Generalist school has enabled me to create links with the wider NHS, to develop a better understanding of common issues and barriers to projects coming to full completion. The topics are varied for each module and this offer a wide learning opportunity. We are engaged in action learning sets affording the time to process issues and gain supportive feedback on potential solutions.

As for now the ‘how this fits into the wider NHS’ is still unknown with us being the first ‘fellows’ however having the time to reflect and learn new theories is a good thing and enables a broader understanding of the wider issues.”

Lorna Watson, Generalist Fellow – NCIC

“Being part of the North Cumbria Generalist School has given me a unique opportunity to connect with representatives from across the wider health-care system in North Cumbria, outside of my typical professional network. Much of the learning and reflection from the syllabus structure has translated into my day to day practise. This has included using a common language to aid supportive conversations, healthy challenge and championing and prioritising person-centred care when developing our service offer further. I have felt supported and respected by everyone involved in the school, and this has allowed me to look past my own clinical work, and refocus on the bigger, collaborative approach across North Cumbria to strive for good health outcomes for the population we serve.”

Jayne Edwards, Generalist Supervisor – NCIC

“It is great to see that north Cumbria is leading the way with this new initiative in supporting staff across the NHS to broaden understanding and enable more effective multi professional working. Being involved as a Generalist Supervisor and supporting a fellow through the programme has not been an onerous task and it has been great to hear feedback about their learning and raised awareness and also to think about what this means from them and their service.”

How to apply...

More information on the year long, part time fellowship programme can be found in the Syllabus below: 

Applications will be open between Monday 6th June 2022 and Friday 1st July 2022, this fellowship is aimed at multi-professional colleagues from across north and west Cumbria who are in the performance development phase of their career.

Please complete the application form below, and ensure you have reviewed and confirmed your availability for all fixed learning dates across the year. It is required that your line manager provides a statement of support in your application.

Please return completed applications to 

Informal conversations and queries are welcome.