PGCert/ PGDip/ MSc in Rural Medicine

PGCert/PGDip/MSc in Urgent Care

Whether you practice medicine in a rural setting or have remote access to additional or secondary medical services in an urban setting, this programme will give intercalating medical students, recent medical graduates and other healthcare professionals the confidence and skills to deal with urgent and pre-hospital care which are paramount. People who train with UCLan need to be able to deal with whatever they encounter. From the better-known primary care conditions, through to life-saving interventions in hostile environments, every step should enhance the care and the outcome. Most importantly they need to understand that we need to enhance care in the remote setting not delay it. It is all very good being able to diagnose sepsis in the community but unless you can treat it, all you’ve done is delay the care and increase the mortality. These programmes offer you the chance to explore advances in the use of technology and digital health which may allow access to the skills of another provider in a different location when required.

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MSc Physician Associate Practice

Train to be a Physician Associate – an innovative, professional healthcare role, that is growing within the NHS, with a generous starting salary. A Physician Associate is a medical professional providing patient care under the supervision of a Consultant or General Practitioner. Their main focus is diagnosis and management. Consequently, their daily activities include interviewing and examining patients, ordering tests and making decisions about patient management. Approx. 50% of the programme is spent on clinical placement across a full spectrum of opportunities: urban, rural, specialised hospital and general practice. In the university setting UCLan teach in small groups offering unrivalled student support and direct contact hours with staff. You will be timetabled to have over 25 hours per week of direct, interactive teaching by faculty highly experienced in the clinical sector.

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MSc Hospitalist Medicine 

This course is the first of its kind and recognises the growing need for additional clinical experts in providing ward-based patient care. It provides career and professional development and thus the increasing confidence and better patient care which additional knowledge and training provides.

It is delivered in the real world setting of the modern NHS in West Cumbria, so students are able to fully understand their future role.

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MSc Medical Education

Available via Blended Learning

The course delivers skills to apply the theory, practice and associated research of teaching and assessment within medical education.

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MSc Clinical Practice, Management and Education

Pathways through this modular course in leadership, communication, public health, mental health, planning, response, practice issues, professional issues and of particular interest to GPs, modules on consultation skills, coaching, teaching and assessment


MSc Sports Medicine

Training leaders in sports medicine to deliver safe and effective care


MSc Musculoskeletal Management

Skills to assess, triage and care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions


MSc Physician Associate Practice

Professional training at postgraduate level for this new healthcare role


Master’s Research in Medical Sciences (MRes)

Training in research methods, use of extensive research facilities and supervision to undertake medical research in a project of your choice


Doctorate of Professional Clinical Studies (DProf)

Training in research methods and supervision of a research project applied to professional clinical practice



The National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine will be offering the following postgraduate programmes in 2020:

  • MSc Digital Health*
  • MSc Surgery*
  • MSc Medical Leadership*

* Subject to validation

These postgraduate programmes allow doctors and other health professionals to identify their own areas of need and have their learning needs fulfilled by a wide range of optional modules. Many of the modules are built around CPD; this means that the programme can be tailored to individual need and credits can be accumulated flexibly to accommodate the student’s work-life balance.

We are delighted to share with you a copy of Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative's Fifth Annual Report.

Highlights of the Fourth LOC in the Lakes Festival, which was titled 'We're All Human: Skills for Safety'

This is year five. We have had a very busy year and this report (available to download below) will help you to glimpse into the very diverse world of the work we do to support our system priorities. The further development and establishment of key components of the North Cumbria Health and Care System remain at the heart of our support. This includes the establishment of new ways of working in the Integrated Care Communities (ICCs) against a backdrop of helping staff in all sectors to manage their intense workload – whilst staying focused on making sure the patients and service users get the care and support they need.

Three strategic choices helped us in this endeavour. Firstly we have re-structured the collaborative twice! At the beginning of the year this was a formal evolution to include the key staff in NHS Continuous Service Improvement and Organisational Development (who were part of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT)), merging them with CLIC NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS North Cumbria CCG) staff to create a single system-facing team. As the year ends, further design work on the emerging ‘integrated care partnership’, of which a new combined NHS Trust will become a central part during 2019, has led to further personnel changes to prepare CLIC as a major component of the new ‘system engine’.

Secondly we have re-vamped and further developed our website (see the January section) and thirdly, as you will see across this report, we have shifted the emphasis of how we use our time and effort to support specific requests from the service and reducing the scale of our pre-planned programmes.

So the big questions arise: Is it working? What is the return on investment? Is there anything else we should be doing? Download the report below and read on...

By Karen Morrell, CLIC Programme Manager

As the name suggests the A3 is linked to its size – an ideal size to visually capture information about your improvement initiative. The A3 is a thinking and planning tool, helping you to focus and visualise your ideas for improvement. 

The A3 has recently been refreshed to include the 4Ss (Staff, System working, Service quality and Sustainable finance), which link to the joint business objectives/priorities for the system. By using the 4S approach, Process Owners / Sponsors for improvement can consider what are they hoping to achieve by delivering this improvement, and how is it going to benefit our staff and patients. Here are some examples of how the 4S approach has been used:

  • Staff – Standardised processes and clearly defined roles and responsibilities
  • System Working – Improve flow and working with our partners across health and social care e.g. ICC colleagues
  • Service Quality – Reduce waiting times, reduction in length of stay, improved key performance indicators for example 4 hour A&E target
  • Sustainable Finance – Reduction in agency use, reduction in travel expenses

The A3 is a ‘living’ document and should be updated for the life of the improvement initiative, revisiting the 4S’s on a regular basis to review whether any further benefits have been achieved / or will be achieved through implementation of the improvement.

For more information on A3s and to download a template, please visit the Cumbria Production System Toolkit.


Now in it’s fourth consecutive year, the Our Health Heroes awards celebrates the thousands of people who work in healthcare, and are the backbone of the sector.

This year, going bigger and better, recognising the hard work of even more of our nation’s Healthcare Heroes; whether they are support workers, apprentices, integrated teams or workforce planner staff, Skills for Health and Health Education England don’t want their work to go unnoticed. New for 2019, also being introduced is the Outstanding Contribution award and the Learning and Development Project of the Year Award. Click on a category below to find out more about who could be nominated as an Our Health Hero.

The 2019 award categories are:

  • Operational Services Support Worker Award
  • Clinical Support Worker Award
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution Award
  • Learning and Development Project
  • Workforce Planning Team of the Year
  • Integrated Team of the Year
  • Staff Wellbeing Employer of the Year

Click on here to go to the Skills for Health website and find out more about who could be nominated as an Our Health Hero.

The deadline for nominations is 29th June.