By Jayne Edwards, Multi Professional Learning and Development Manager at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC)

The NHS People Plan calls on organisations to boost the number of apprenticeships they offer to local people to help deliver the health service’s long term plan to improve patient care.

Within North Cumbria system, we have developed a track record of offering a range of clinical apprenticeships to our existing workforce – this includes Assistant Practitioners, Nurse Associates, Registered Nurses, Operating Department Practitioners and Advanced Clinical Practitioners. NCIC currently have 261 apprentices on programme with increasing use of levy transfer to support apprenticeships within other sectors such as primary care – levy transfer arrangements are being utilised to support GP practices to train their own Advanced Clinical Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Nurse Associates and Assistant Practitioners. Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for organisations to  invest in home grown talent and offer flexible, alternative routes into careers allowing people to earn as they learn.  

Apprenticeships are also an important element of our leadership development – with 30 health care leaders currently on the Senior Leaders Masters apprenticeship with the University of Lancaster, we are looking to run a fourth system-wide offer which will commence in December 2020. CLIC supports this programme with opportunities for shared learning, networking and a focus on learning opportunities and projects which meet system priorities.

Anyone who would like to find out more about apprenticeships can contact Jean Hill, Workforce Development Lead: 

Are you in a leadership role? Leading teams or leading and influencing across teams?

Leading Sustainable Change is your 5 day programme developed and delivered by the CLIC team.

Our organisational development, improvement and leadership development teams have come together, pooling our collective resource and expertise, to build on past leadership programmes and create this fantastic leadership offer for you. 

In return for your commitment to this 5 day programme (delivered over a 4 month period) you will get the latest thinking, expertly facilitated, to help you thrive as leaders in our complex and health and care system in North Cumbria. The programme 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. For more information on the content of each of the 5 days, please refer to the Programme Overview (available to download below).

This Cohort is taking place in West Cumbria, and the course dates are as follows:

  • Day 1 - Wednesday 18th November 2020, 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Day 2 - Tuesday 24th November 2020, 9.30am - 4:30pm
  • Day 3 - Thursday 17th December 2020, 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Day 4 - Tuesday 19th January 2021, 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Day 5 - Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 9.30am - 4:30pm

To find out more and apply, please visit this course on our training and events page.


The Skills for Health 'Health Heroes Awards' are back! And this year hundreds of nominations are expected, both from staff and the public, as they recognise the herculean efforts of our NHS and social care people in 2020, with nine special award categories.

First launched in 2016, the national healthcare awards dedicated to shining a light on support workers. 

You can find out more and nominate a person here.


Applications are open for the North East and Yorkshire Leadership Academy's (NEYLA) Patient and Citizen Leadership Programme (Virtual). 

The purpose of the programme is to provide a development opportunity for patient and citizen leaders who are working with people and services in the NHS. This could be in hospital trusts, general practice, mental health services, community services, research settings or elsewhere.

The programme is for people and patients who have stepped forwards to gift their time, insights and experience to work alongside clinicians and managers to achieve better outcomes for people receiving services. It is for people who would like to build their confidence and skills and to work as partners alongside people working in NHS services, strengthening relationships and building understanding. Participants will be invited to form a new patient/citizen leader peer network. 

To apply for a place on the programme simply complete the form via this link: 


Health Education England has produced two animated films, the first designed to raise awareness among staff of the support they can access from their workplace should they be living with mental ill health. The second film is aimed at supervisors, helping them to be aware of the support they can offer their staff.

It’s important that those experiencing mental ill health know they can talk about it and receive help if they need it. Those in a position of authority should also know what is required of them and how they can help if they are approached by someone who is experiencing mental ill health. 

The two new films can be viewed here.

The strategy and the films, while devised before COVID-19, will be critical to ensuring the sustained health and capacity of the NHS workforce as they respond to the pandemic and beyond. It may take some time for learners and staff to realise the impact of the crisis on their mental wellbeing.