By Amy Aitken, Senior Administrator | MBTI & Insights Practitioner | Coach with CLIC

Knowing where to start with your goals can be a real challenge – you have identified what you ultimately want to achieve, and you might have some ideas about action to take, but do you truly know and understand all the forces that are at play in your current situation? It’s only by recognising the things that keep a situation as it is, that maintain the ‘status quo’, we can begin to take the relevant, necessary action to change our behaviour.

I wanted to share a tool with you which I have found particularly useful in this area, both for myself personally, and when working with coaching clients… 

Developed by American-German psychologist Kurt Lewin, Force Field Analysis is a technique which enables you to consider all of the factors that may help you in achieving your goal, as well as the factors that might hinder you. It’s a straightforward process that’s easy enough to do on your own – the real trick is being completely honest with yourself! By doing this, you can begin to identify strengths, blindspots, advantages, fresh perspectives, and establish feasibility and overall commitment to your goal.


The technique:

  • First, draw a line down the middle of the page to represent your goal. In the below example, this is ‘By the end of 2019, I will be practicing yoga at least 3 hours per week, every week’ (notice how the goal is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Bound – SMART)
  • Next, write ‘Hindering Forces’ above the left-hand column, and ‘Helping Forces’ above the right-hand column
  • Under each column, begin to list the factors that either help or hinder achievement of your goal. Think about things within your control (e.g. yourself), outside of you control (e.g. other people), and your wider environment (e.g. your organisation)
  • When you think you’ve finished listing, ask yourself again: ‘Have I captured everything?’
  • Assign arrows to each of the forces listed, making their size relative to the power they have


In the above, you can see that the hindering forces are greater than the helping forces, so some real commitment and effort will be needed in order to achieve the goal.


  • Now take some time to reflect on what you’ve written. Think about which of the forces can be increased, decreased, or perhaps even completely removed – challenge yourself! In relation to the example, a family planner was introduced to diminish the impact of a busy schedule, the fact that yoga classes don’t run every week, and to encourage motivation


Whilst a personal example has been used here, this tool can be applied to many, many different situations. Happy Force Field Analysing everyone!

We have a number of places available on upcoming SAGE & THYME Communication Skills Training:

Tuesday 10th September 2019

9.30am - 12.30pm

Classroom 3, Post Graduate Education Centre, West Cumberland Hospital, Homewood Road, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 8JG

SAGE & THYME Communication Skills Training is a Level 1, half day training course relevant for all staff engaged in face-to-face communication.

This 3 hour workshop is run by 3 facilitators and uses a mix of small group work, lectures and rehearsals. The knowledge and skills learned in this course are fundamental to most roles in the NHS and other care organisations.

The SAGE & THYME model is suitable for talking to anyone: the transferable skills gained by attending this workshop can be applied to any situation where individuals may be emotional, distressed or concerned. The workshop teaches clinical and non-clinical staff at all levels, evidence-based communication skills to provide person-centred support to someone with emotional concerns whilst providing basic psychological support.  


Delegate Quotes:

“Excellent, great pace and content, useful and practical. Looking forward to putting into practice.” 

“Thought provoking and empowering.”

“I have the confidence to get into and out of difficult, emotional discussions.”

96% of delegates said it would influence their practice

98% of delegates would recommend the training


Book your place at: 

We have a number of places available on an upcoming Pathway Visualisation course:

Thursday 26th September 2019

9.30am - 4.30pm

CLIC Training Room, NHS Offices Rosehill, 4 Wavell Drive, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2SE

This one day workshop will help you to visualise your pathway or process using a number of different mapping approaches:

  • Process mapping
  • Patient journey mapping
  • Information flow mapping
  • Value stream mapping

As our local health system undergoes a time of change it is more important than ever to 'know your current state'. This engaging workshop will help you to plan for the future and integrate services as we move forward towards greater system working.

The workshop will enable you to use mapping to understand and improve the patient journey, identify opportunities for improvement, improve flow, recognise value and reduce waste.

Get your place before they go at: 

Looking for a fantastic free leadership development programme you can study in your own time and at your own pace? Take a look at the NHS Leadership Academy's Edward Jenner programme.

The programme can be used as evidence of hours of participatory learning as it encourages nurses to put their learning into practice, reflect and discuss this online. In addition to this, after completing the Edward Jenner programme nurses and midwives will receive an Academy-recognised qualification and certificate. 



By Amit Paik, GPST3 – North Cumbria / Leadership & Management ITP – CLIC 

As a GP trainee, I’ve had the pleasure of working in a variety of different practices across our region, in both a urban and rural setting. Challenges were had in the number of new and existing medical conditions patients presented with.

One of the many difficulties that face any health professional is a need to keep up to date on changes to clinical practice, including refreshing their own background knowledge. Some of this comes from one’s own clinical reading after coming across a difficult case. “Continuous Professional Development” (CPD) is therefore key to maintaining the high standards of patient care we demand from ourselves.

CLIC has played a central role in providing clinical and non-clinical educational events, working alongside our education partners to develop a varied CPD offering to our colleagues. This partnership has evolved further, through the development of our CLIC Academy – part of our wider “Blencathra Project”.

Collaboratively, we’ve developed a brand new, bespoke platform to hold ALL educational event and courses held within North Cumbria in a single location – both directly from our website, but now also via a brand new mobile application. This will allow colleagues the opportunity to search and book CPD events direct from their mobile for the first time. Available for FREE on both Android and Apple Stores, just search “The CLIC”. 

It allows users the functionality of our website including the search and booking of a various educational events on our constantly updated database, but via a few taps on their smartphone. 

We’re really excited about this latest development, particularly since it allows our team to use technology to support colleagues who are under increasing amounts of pressure within their working lives. Please do take time to review our offering and, as always, do feedback to us where we can improve our systems.