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Communication skills training is the first of a series of core clinical skills to be delivered across Cumbria as part of the CLIC Clinical Skills Programme

Communication skills are the foundation of everything we do in health and social care.  Sage & Thyme is a Level 1 half day training course designed to give you the tools to effectively communicate with patients, relatives and carers.  It is relevant to all staff engaged in face to face communication and the transferable skills gained by attending this workshop can be applied to any situation where an individual may be emotional, distressed or concerned.  The knowledge and skills learned in this course are fundamental to most roles in the NHS and other care organisations.

Click on the link below for more information and to view course dates.  To book a place, please contact learning.network@cumbria.nhs.uk.

Are you ready for your next career step?


Available… exciting opportunity for a 1 yr secondment to a learning programme that will pave the way for the way we work in the future.


Project Coordinator - Clinical Skills Programme


Needed… Project Coordinator for a new Clinical Skills Programme across the county hosted by Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC). The programme is a new innovative scheme to provide skills development for nursing staff across health and care sectors which has attracted national funding.

You will be providing administrative and project support to the Programme Lead and Clinical Skills Delivery Team. You need to be an enthusiastic, proactive, responsive and friendly character who is capable of being organised and efficient with their work load whilst forging new positive working relationships quickly.

Being able to demonstrate your transferable skills is more important that having formally worked on a project before!


In return… in the spirit of CLIC, you will be supported with your development. If appropriate you will also be offered coaching from an experienced project manager or change lead to support your further skills development in line with future ways of working for Cumbria's health and social care economy.

The role will be based in either Carlisle or Kendal, with flexible working available.


Secondments from all health organisations, including GP practices, Cumbria County Council and University of Cumbria are welcomed. Please ensure you have discussed this opportunity with your manager before applying (this post is also available as a 1 year fixed term contract).


Please apply via NHS Jobs


Interested? If you have any queries or would like to discuss if your previous experience might be appropriate please contact Vicki Cawley who is currently providing project management support to the programme and will be able to give you an idea of the role before application.

Vicki can be contacted on 07775 705 481 or vicki.cawley@cumbria.nhs.uk 

The CLIC Clinical Skills Programme (Forerunner Fund Project) is the result of a successful bid for funding from Health Education North West to deliver an exciting new, collaborative approach to education and learning across Cumbria.  It represents a different approach to education and training by working collaboratively and co-operatively with partners across health and social care in Cumbria and the University of Cumbria to build trust and communication across nursing teams, improve networks and opportunities for learning, develop common core nursing skills and improve the quality of patient care.

This Clinical Skills Programme is aimed at qualified nurses in acute and community hospitals, GP practices, care homes and community nursing, and will provide a high quality training programme in six core clinical skills areas across Cumbria.  The skills programme will be delivered close to clinicians' places of work and be supported by Clinical Skills Educators (newly appointed and who will become Associates of the University of Cumbria) to embed core skills into practice with clinicians across organisation boundaries providing a common approach to delivering clinical skills training.

The CLIC website will provide the platform for educators and clinicians to access resources, develop communication across organisations and provide learning and development opportunities.