In these challenging times we find ourselves in, the CLIC Team thought it would be helpful to share some tools, resources, articles (and anything in between!) that may prove useful to all of you working in health and care across North Cumbria.

These are things that the CLIC Team are using themselves, enabling us to be a little more resilient and well in current circumstances.

We will be adding to this page over the coming weeks, and we will be including it within each of our eBulletins as a reminder that it's here and available to access anytime.


So, here are some things we're finding useful...

  • Dr Rick Hanson: The Neuroscience of Lasting Happiness - Practical self-help resources to overcome the brain's negativity bias and find more happiness, self-worth, love, and peace in your life... Rachael Davies from the team said: "I find these resources useful in gaining insight in to the brains bias to focus on negative experiences, it has helped me to develop tactics for appreciating the good and grounding me in the present moment, as opposed to mulling over the past and worrying about the future"
  • Harvard Business Review: That Discomfort You're Feeling Is Grief - "If we name it, perhaps we can manage it" - An article describing how David Kessler's ideas on grief relate to the coronavirus pandemic, and how we might manage what we're feeling... 
  • Outlook Time Saving Hints and Tips - At LOC in the Lakes 2020, Peter Skelhorn and Karen Gooding (IM&T Training, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust) shared some great time-saving tips for Outlook...  Amy Aitken from the team said: "With more people working from home, many of us are finding ourselves relying on emails now more than ever. This is a really useful guide on how you can manage your emails better, and ultimately save yourself some time"
  • Psychology Tools: Unhelpful Thinking Styles - An information handout describing common cognitive biases, and providing a simple reminder about being kind to ourselves... Amy Aitken from the team said: "Time and time again in conversations with colleagues across the system I hear them adopting 'unhelpful thinking styles', and I recommend this as a visual prompt to remind people to be objective, and kinder to themselves - it certainly works for me!"
  • The BMJ Visual Summary - Covid-19: Remote Consultations, A quick guide to assessing patients by video or voice call - This graphic, intended for use in a primary care setting, is based on data available in March 2020, much of which is from hospital settings in China. It will be revised as more relevant data emerges... Stephen Singleton from the team said: “GPs will clearly find this useful (we all want to be on the same hymn sheet!) but it helped me to visualise what GPs were doing and I thought the graphic on the right about symptom prevalence (clinical characteristic) was very informative”