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.



By Suzanne Hamilton, Head of Improvement and Development with CLIC

‘We are the NHS: The People Plan 2020/21’ which was launched in July 2020, has been led by NHS England and NHS Improvement and Health Education England with contributions from people working across the NHS and the wider health and social care sectors. Copies are available to download on the NHS England website:  

It follows on from the Interim People Plan (June 2019) and sets out a number of actions to support workforce transformation across the whole NHS, establishing what our people can expect from their leaders and each other in 2020-21 and beyond. 

The People Promise has been developed by people who work in the NHS to guide how we work together to improve the experience of working in the NHS for everyone.

The plan aims to build on the energy, creativity and drive that people demonstrated during Covid and maintain the focus we placed on caring for the wellbeing and safety of our staff to create a culture of inclusion and belonging so that over time the NHS will see more people, working differently, in a compassionate and inclusive culture. 

So what does this mean for leading in the NHS?

Whilst the evidence base for collective leadership has been built over a long period of time (Kings Fund 2014) during Covid we have experienced a rapid change towards much more distributed leadership, where individuals have been respected for their expertise, enabled to take action and clinical voice has been heard more loudly. We need to support and enable all those clinicians and managers who stepped up to meet the extraordinary demands during Covid to be great leaders who can create strong teams and the environment where the people promise can become a reality.

Prerana Issar, the Chief People Officer has spoken about the importance of leadership in our current time and during national emergency and she shares her experience of working with the United Nations: 

In implementing the People Plan there is a commitment to more national support for developing clinical leadership, a focus on talent management and access to more digital leadership training and development. Over the next year we will see the launch of a new leadership compact together with national competencies for leaders.

In North Cumbria representatives from across our integrated partnership will be meeting this month to discuss how we can support and develop our local leaders across health and social care and refresh the CLIC training offer.

We are please to announce that we have a number of new dates available for both the combined and individual Venepuncture and Cannulation training sessions. To browse dates and to book your place, please visit our training and events page.

We also still have places available on our upcoming 5-day Leading Sustainable Change course (based in Workington) - a programme which 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. To find out more and download an application form, please visit: 

By Suzanne Hamilton, Head of Improvement and Development with CLIC

Healthy systems evolve and adapt as their context changes. 

The impact of the Covid pandemic on health and care has been enormous, and will be felt for some time to come. It has not only highlighted the inequalities in the communities we serve and the inter-dependence of health and social care, but it has shone a light on the dedication, value-base and flexibility of our staff in the public sector, and on the willingness of our communities to be involved and support each other. We have demonstrated our capacity to adapt incredibly quickly under less than ideal circumstances - enhancing our use of technology, reorganising services to add more value and strengthening our relationships across the health and care system. 

However, we know that our focus on Covid has built up pressure on all our systems, both clinical and social and our citizens have unmet needs. We can expect a flood of demand just at a time when we know that we will be hit by traditional winter pressures. There is a danger... trying to meet this demand in traditional ways will fail. We need to harness our learning and enable those clinicians and managers who stepped up to meet extraordinary demands during Covid to lead our response and redesign of the system. 

Our integrated care communities are ideally placed to build on our learning and create new partnerships with our communities and third sector and co-design the improvements they wish to make. In Maryport and Cockermouth Community, representatives and service leaders are coming together to learn from their Covid experience and address some of the health and care issues facing the community ahead of winter. The project, which has been funded by NHS England as part of a regional leadership development offer, brings together a number of stakeholders to work with Martin Fischer as part of a partnership programme running between September and November this year. Martin, who has worked previously with the Kings Fund and led the design and delivery of national leadership programmes, now works independently to support system development and share his expertise in change and leadership based on complex adaptive social systems.

Evaluation of the programme will be completed by January 2021.

Nominations have been flooding in over the past two weeks with so many great examples of how the values have been demonstrated, throughout the pandemic and beyond.

The nominations have been reviewed against the criteria to get to this point and now it's down to you, the judges, to pick the winners.

You can vote once for each of the categories and the winners will be announced on Wednesday 30th September. 

Voting is open now and will close on Tuesday 22nd September.

Click here to cast your vote...