If we really want to make a difference to the wellbeing and happiness of people in north and west Cumbria, we need to think about the needs of individuals and the impact of our service on everyone.
How can we be sure that we are reaching and meeting the needs of everyone who would benefit from our care? How can we be sure that the positive changes we think we are making are not actually disadvantaging some groups within our communities?
Over the last few weeks, we have been focusing on inclusion and encouraging you to see through other’s eyes.
We have shared opportunities for you to learn more about how to create a more inclusive workplace, and personalise the care that we give through online training and lunch and learn sessions. We have also spotlighted stories of the work we are doing in north and west Cumbria (and beyond!) to reduce inequalities and develop services that meet the needs of all in our communities.
Whilst our focus on inclusivity is drawing to a close, the opportunities don't end here - there are still lots of great learning and development events happening, and there are other inspirational stories to share. We will be working to bring you more of these as we move forward.
It's never too late to get involved! We would still love to hear from you if you have an inclusivity story to celebrate and share, or if you would like to tell us about your experiences and contribute to making changes. Please get in touch with us at email@example.com
Book your place on training & events
We have pulled together the latest #inclusivity learning and development opportunities that are available to health and care staff/volunteers in north and west Cumbria.
From career conversations, gender identity, deaf and neurodiversity awareness, and allyship, there's something to on offer to provide you with new insights and deepen your understanding.
Access learning opportunities from the NHS Leadership Academy
The NHS Leadership Academy learning hub provides easy access to learning materials for health and care staff.
Their bitesized learning, along with their inspiration library enables individuals to develop new skills, increase awareness and understanding, and ultimately thrive in the workplace.
***Returning summer 2022! The Stepping Up Programme - Stepping Up is a 5-month leadership development programme for minority ethnic colleagues who work within healthcare (the NHS or an organisation providing NHS care)***
You can also watch back the NHS North West Leadership Academy's Inclusive Leadership Masterclass 'How to develop a culture that promotes intentional inclusion'.
Learning from lived experience
Learning from lived experience is a fantastic way for us to gain insight into the experiences of and challenges faced by others. There are unique stories and perspectives everywhere we look, and it is the responsibility of all of us to listen to others with compassion, taking action to create more welcoming and inclusive environments for both our colleagues and for patients/service users.
During our focus on inclusivity, we'll be sharing some powerful stories from colleagues working for North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS FT (NCIC):
- Johnny Nyaaba, Moving to Cumbria from Ghana
- Rachael Ridley, Transitioning in Cumbria
- Zoe Fullagar, Supporting your LGBT+ Child
North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS FT's (NCIC) staff networks meet on a monthly basis via Microsoft Teams, and provide support and engagement opportunities for those employed by the Trust (as well as those who work for NHS North Cumbria CCG):
- LGBT+ Staff Network
- Accessibility / Disability Staff Network
- Cultural Diversity Staff Network
- Armed Forces Staff Network
Inclusivity case studies
There is lots of fantastic work happening in our local health and care system (and beyond!) to achieve better inclusivity for the people who use our services - take a look at some examples below:
- A co-production success story: The LINK service for children and young people
- Improving accessibility and inclusivity using the Friends and Family Test
- Reaching out to all of our community during the covid and flu vaccine rollout
- Tackling health inequalities for ethnic minority communities and colleagues
- Maternity services in north Cumbria - Addressing health inequalities with a particular focus on ethnic minority communities
- Annual Health Checks / Health Action Plans for people with learning disabilities
- Co-Producing the LeDeR annual report
- Caring for people with dementia - The Butterfly Household Model of Care & implementing John’s Campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic
- CNTW receives award for commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion
Personalised Care is Everyone's Business - recording of LUNCH & LEARN on 16th March
Brought to you by CLIC in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Services, this Lunch & Learn session on 16 March 2022 saw Laura Heaton-Sutton (Personalised Care Project Lead at NHS North Cumbria CCG) deliver a presentation on 'Personalised Care is Everyone's Business'.
Inclusivity video resources - LGBT+ and anti-racism
There are lots of great video resources out there that can help deepen our understanding of the inequality and injustices that people in our society face.
Here are just a few of our favourites:
- Real things straight people say
- Using pronouns
- 5 tips for being an ally
- Are you racist? 'No' isn't a good enough answer
- Everyday racism: what should we do?
You might also be interested in our article, 'There's power in a pronoun'...