Learning Organisation Collaborative (LOC) Seventh International Festival

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change


Wayne Dyer


Waiting list only on 17 May at Carlisle Racecourse (please continue signing-up!) │ Virtual sessions 18 & 19 May available to book now │ See below for details...

Health inequalities are impacting on people in our society like never before. Our colleagues, our friends, our neighbours, our families, ourselves – too many are experiencing poorer health and wellbeing simply due to the circumstances into which they are born, and how they go about their daily lives.


Over the years improvements in health inequalities have stalled, and the more recent covid-19 pandemic has widened the gap between the most and least deprived areas. It is now more important than ever to challenge mind-sets, and begin to bring about real change in order to achieve better health for everyone.


That’s why LOC in the Lakes 2022 will be focusing on health inequalities, considering how we can think and work differently to improve health and wellbeing for the people of north and west Cumbria. We’ll be looking at how we can take more action now to enable individuals to start well, live well, age well and die well.


The national figures are startling...



And locally...


  • Life expectancy in Cumbria is 9.5 years lower for men and 7.9 years lower for women in the most deprived areas when compared with the least deprived areas
  • Suicide rates in North Cumbria are among the highest in the UK, with an average of 1 person a week taking their own life
  • Overweight/Obesity in North Cumbria – 26% of children are overweight or obese (compared to 22% nationally), and 65% of adults are overweight or obese (compared to 62% nationally)
  • Older population – 24% of people in North Cumbria are over the age of 65 (compared to 18% nationally), which is expected to increase to 32% by the year 2039
  • Poverty – 17% of North Cumbria is rated as being amongst the most deprived in England, and 13% of children are living in poverty



Listening to feedback from our previous LOCs, we know that our attendees enjoyed the accessibility of 2021’s virtual sessions, but missed the experiences gained at our earlier face-to-face events. That’s why this year we are bringing you a mix of face-to-face and virtual learning, ensuring you have the opportunity to get involved and get the most out of what’s on offer.


The Launch – WAITING LIST ONLY (please continue to sign-up as we may have some cancellations)


Tuesday 17 May 2022 │ 9:00am – 4:30pm │ Carlisle Racecourse, Durdar Road, Carlisle, CA2 4TS


Keynote speakers:


  • Professor Sir Michael Marmot - Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity, and Past President of the World Medical Association
  • Sam Allen - Chief Executive (Designate), North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board ICB)
  • Dr Rachel Turnbull - Programme Lead for Healthy Happy Places, AHSN NENC
  • Timothy David Crawshaw - MA MRTPI FRSA, Planning Lead for Healthy Happy Places / Urban Planning and Development Consultant (Crawshaw Urban Design) / President of Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) / Chair Tees Valley Nature Partnership
  • Jake Mills - An award-winning stand-up comedian, mental health campaigner and CEO. He founded and runs the multi-award winning national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, which he established following his own battle with depression and suicide attempt in 2013


Workshops: You’ll be able to choose 3 options from a range of workshops available, which are themed around enabling individuals to start well, live well, age well and die well. On offer we’ll have some practical learning, innovative and inspiring stories, and the latest thinking around tackling health inequalities. Topics include: children and young people; whole systems healthy weight; personalised care; coaching; learning disabilities; bereavement; health literacy; co-production; and lots more!


Book your place here…


Virtual sessions taking place 18-20 May 2022 - NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATIONS!


We are also offering some fantastic virtual sessions throughout the rest of the week:




Introduction to Let’s Talk Bereavement Project


Wednesday 18 May 2022 │ 9:30am - 10:30am │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams


This workshop will include a brief overview of the Let’s Talk Bereavement Project and the inequalities it hopes to address and why. It will also provide some guidance to what to consider when talking to those who have been bereaved.


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Suicide Prevention Overview Tutorial 


Wednesday 18 May 2022 │  2:00pm - 3:30pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams


Understand the prevalence and impact of suicide with relation to inequalities, recognise the ‘signs’ that may indicate someone is having thoughts of suicide, and consider how we can all contribute to a suicide safer community.


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Supporting Patients into Volunteering


Thursday 19 May 2022 │ 10:00am - 11:00am │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams


The session identifies ways in which health and care sector staff can support patients and service users into becoming volunteers. This includes those with increased support needs who may normally struggle to find work or develop their skills, therefore aids in removing the barriers of inequality.


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CANCELLED: Collaborative approaches to addressing health inequalities through the arts


Thursday 19 May 2022 │ 10:00am - 11:15am │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams


The South Tees Arts Project is innovative cross-sector, locality-based dance and health project in South Tees (Tees Valley). STAR involves an active research strand that aims to understand better the physical and mental wellbeing benefits of taking part in dance and wider arts activities and how these support participants through creative and engaging ways to express themselves and develop self-awareness, identity, social and emotional learning skills. The workshop will share the journey from conception of the project through to delivery of activity and cover a range of areas.


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LUNCH & LEARN - Health Literacy for Health Equity: You Can Make a Difference


Thursday 19 May 2022 │ 12:30pm - 1:00pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams


Did you know that 43% of adults struggle to read and understand word-based health information? Find out about health literacy and how you can make a difference to population health. Take away some tips, techniques and tools to share.


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Personalised Care - Start the Conversation


Thursday 19 May 2022 │ 1:00pm - 4:30pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams


The course will cover an introduction to what personalised care is and the skills needed to begin embedding personalised care conversations and shared decision making in health and care. It will challenge practice with the aim to changing mind-set of workers and volunteers so that personalised care becomes part of everyday practice.


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LOC in The Lakes 2022 is jointly sponsored by the Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) and the Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC).




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