Monday 19 April 2021, 2pm – 3pm

Exploring and discussing the relationships between inequality, child poverty and children’s health outcomes.

Hosted by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC), in partnership with ARC Greater Manchester, ARC Yorkshire and Humber, ARC North West Coast and ARC North Thames.

The session includes contributions from:

  • Professor Claire Cameron, University College, London (UCL) – on the ActEarly Healthy livelihoods theme, specifically discussing work in the borough of Tower Hamlets in London
  • Professor David Taylor-Robinson, University of Liverpool – on child poverty, adversity and health across the life course. David is also the co-lead of the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) children, young people and families research programme.

Chaired by Professor Kate Pickett, University of York.

Followed by a panel Q&A session with the speakers, alongside Dr Luke Munford, ARC Greater Manchester, and Dr Sophie Whickham, ARC North West Coast.

This is the third event in a series of nationally-focussed webinars delivered by ARC NENC and supported by Equal England, the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) and Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.

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Do you want to find an easier way of keeping up to date with the areas that interest you?

North Cumbria Library and Knowledge Service have a range of information alert services you can sign up to:

  • Horizon Scanning Bulletins - collections of articles, reports, guidance and web resources - subjects include Leadership, Education, Governance and Making People Count - to sign up contact the library
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  • Journal Table of Content Alerts - the content pages of any journal of your choice sent directly to your inbox

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Together We Community Interest Company (CIC) has been awarded a £49,000 grant by The SHINE Fund, the official charity of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW), to set up a new ‘Recovery College’ to support people’s mental health and wellbeing in North Cumbria.

The Recovery College will provide a programme of free courses and workshops aimed at helping people to improve their wellbeing and recover from mental health issues. These will be developed and delivered by peers who have lived experience of mental illness themselves.

Together We CIC aims to begin delivering courses online by May this year, with in-person courses starting across the north of the county from July as COVID-19 restrictions lift.

Janine Ward, Managing Director of Together We CIC said: 

“We wanted to provide a unique and responsive service to those with mental health problems, helping people to live worthwhile and meaningful lives."

“Since 2017 we have grown considerably, empowering people to take control over their mental and physical health and wellbeing by offering tailored care plans to each person which incorporate a wide range of mental health support and fitness sessions. We put the individual at the centre of their recovery journey and support them to make a difference in their lives.”

"This Recovery College will offer everyone the opportunity to learn from each other and to develop skills to help them on their journey to recovery, whatever that means to each individual. It will also enable people to form the connections and friendships which are vital to helping us all to stay well."

Together We CIC encourages anyone who would like to be involved in the Recovery College to email: 

Click here to view the full press release...

Last week, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC) marked International Transgender Day of Visibility by sharing the story of staff nurse Rachael Ridley.

The day, which took place on Wednesday 31st March, is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society.

Rachael represents the Trust at national events and champions diversity. She transitioned and underwent surgery in 2007.

She recently told her story to the Nursing Standard when they published an article about what it’s like to be a transgender nurse in the NHS and how workplaces can support gender diversity.

Rachael, who works in trauma and orthopaedics at The Cumberland Infirmary, is also a learning representative for the Royal College of Nursing. She said: “I’ve had articles published before but this one was a different stance on it.”

Since Rachael’s transition, Trust policies have moved on. "We now have a Gender Diversity and Inclusion policy and LGBT+ staff network and LGBT+ and Gender Diversity Awareness training available to staff.  When I was coming out I had to use the visitors’ toilets. It didn’t bother me at the time, but nowadays we’re more enlightened.”

Rachael can only recall a couple of instances of discrimination while at work. She said: “Wearing a face mask and shield because of COVID-19 means I often have to talk loudly. I only had one patient who was nasty to me – to be fair he was nasty to my other colleagues too – but he said I was a man which I found quite hurtful. My managers simply explain that I am a “professional qualified nurse like any other”,” she says.

Rachael adds that the key to supporting trans staff – and all other employees – is to see them as individuals with individual needs. “It is not just about me being a trans nurse, but about me being me,” she says.

This week she took part in an Royal College of Nursing Library Zoom call in which she was asked to talk about her experiences. She said: “We read a chapter from a book about the experience of a transgender female who came out in the 1970s and I told my own story. They said I didn’t blow my own trumpet enough!”

In the future Rachael says she would like to be more involved with training and raising awareness within the Trust.

She is currently working as a mentor/supervisor for an Open University student and would like to do more of this in the future.

Your opinion matters....

COVID-19 has had significant impacts on all of us, right across the whole world and the wider impacts from COVID will continue to be experienced for many months and years to come.

As such it is important that we think about our recovery and what that means for you and for the residents, businesses, tourists and communities in Cumbria.

Planning for the future is essential to successful recovery, and to ensure we have a robust recovery framework, Cumbria’s Strategic Recovery Coordination Group has developed a draft recovery strategy that they now want your views on. 

It is essential that they gather as many views as possible to ensure that this strategy reflects what is needed and that a wide range of feedback is heard and considered. Please respond as an individual, but equally use every opportunity to feed in through your own team discussions, engagement in partnerships and any other forums. Feel free to share this across all of your networks.

The closing date for feedback is 25th April 2021. 
To have your say complete the survey online here: 

This strategy has been developed by an extensive range of partners across our county and the details of who has been involved can be found at: 

The draft strategy describes what good recovery could look like, the priorities for recovery and also begins to identify some high-level measures of progress.

The recovery strategy can be viewed here: