By Kate Rogers, Organisational Development Facilitator with CLIC

Often, our success is influenced by our own mind; our thoughts, opinions and memories of past experiences. This has often been explored, for example, through the Inner Game theory by Tim Gallwey. Mindfulness is an increasingly popular practice that is a helpful and effective way to create the space to see how our thought processes impact our behaviours and our potential. We can also use various tools, such as the ‘Force field Analysis’ by Kurt Lewin to help us to identify how our internal world can impact our outer world, and hinder or help our outcomes.

Carol Dweck argues that our success can also be influenced by our mindset, and how whether we have a ‘growth’ mindset, or a ‘fixed’ mindset can impact on our achievements, and how we feel about our failures. Here in this insightful video, Carol talks more about the differences between growth and fixed mindsets, the impact this can have on how you approach a challenge, and what you can do to develop your own growth mindset.

You can find out further information on growth mind-sets in Carol Dweck’s book ‘Mindset – Changing the way you think to fulfil your potential’.

We are looking for new schemes that enable staff to take forward improvements within their service aligned to the system and Care Group objectives, priorities and organisational values.  

Engaging for Improvement puts the patient at the heart of everything we do; by identifying an idea for improvement then gathering information to understand and measure the current state. The success of any improvement lies in engagement and involvement of the right people from the start, E4I focusses on engaging with the team and wider stakeholders to gather their views and ideas.   

It is a six step approach designed to be worked through over a period of 20 weeks. Wave 13 will take place between April and September 2020, during this time the CLIC Team will actively support you to lead your improvement.

If you think Engaging for Improvement is something you are interested in follow THIS LINK to access an Expression of Interest Form complete and return this to the CLIC Team at by the 30th March 2020.


To achieve our vision of ‘Better, fairer health and care at all ages and in all places’, the NIHR ARC NENC is pleased to invite original and high quality research proposals focussed upon regional health and care priorities. These should aim to improve health and social care outcomes in those communities and sectors facing the greatest challenges and generate original research outputs.

We welcome applications from a wide range of collaborations which include individuals working in universities, NHS and social care providers, local authorities, charities, voluntary sector organisations and businesses. All proposals must include university representative from a relevant ARC theme and a representative from another organisation category, but any partner can lead the application.

A maximum of £100,000 over 2 years will be available for exceptional projects, but it is expected that costs for most proposals will be lower and all will be scrutinised for value. Matched funding is encouraged. Proposals must be formally costed and agreed by a responsible finance officer in the host organisation.

Proposals must be linked to an ARC NENC theme and include evidence of support from the relevant theme lead or deputy lead (if they are not already involved). The themes are listed below:

  • Multi-morbidity, Ageing and Frailty
  • Supporting Children and Families
  • Prevention, Early Intervention and Behaviour Change
  • Integrating Physical, Mental health and Social care
  • Inequalities and Marginalised Communities
  • Assistive Technologies and Data Linkage
  • Evaluating Change with Pace and Scale
  • Knowledge Mobilisation and Implementation Science

To register interest and receive the application documents, the lead applicant should submit their details using the link below, including a potential title, collaborating organisations and a theme affiliation: 

The lead applicant must be connected to a relevant theme before the registering interest. If not, then please use this link to complete a simple membership form: 

If needed, the NIHR Research Design Service NENC will advise applicants who intend to use the output from an award to support an application to one of the main NIHR funding streams: 

The closing date for registrations is: 12pm on 13th March 2020

The closing data for submission of a proposal is: 12pm on 8th April 2020

Proposals which are submitted without prior registration will not be processed.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome in late July / early August 2020.

Projects must aim to start between 1st October 2020 and 31st December 2020.

All projects will be expected to provide updates and a publicly available final report.

Following another successful CLIC-facilitated GP Update course on 1st February, held in the Education Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary, we have a handful of GP Update Handbooks (with GPCPD access) available to purchase:

  • Price: £70 per Handbook (RRP £150)

This Autumn 2019 / Winter 2020 edition contains 100s of the most relevant updates for primary care. Red Whale could not fit it all into one handbook, so included is 12 months online access to with over 500 articles and a lot more.

Between the Handbook and the inclusive online access, you’ll get just about everything you need for self-study, patient consultation or to earn your CPD credits. Red Whale cover 97% of the RCGP determined curriculum for Primary Care. 

Look inside the GP Update Handbook.

To enquire about purchasing a Handbook, please contact Amy Aitken at: 

Learning Organisation Collaborative (LOC) Fifth International Festival #LOCintheLakes

Date: Tuesday 3rd March 2019

Timings: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: Rheged, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0DQ

In a place far, far away, a long time ago, everyone had time to do their work and manage their relationships. Time to care and time to be themselves.

Lack of time is now one of our most pressing issues!

Yet the workload increases. Our population is ageing; the things we can do to help people are ever more complex and hard to manage. We need to be able to do more, do it better and take less time doing it!

LOC 2020 will help us with this challenge. A range of workshops and learning events to help us manage time better, save time, reduce waste and create better systems.

Do our work differently; be happier at work; get better outcomes and a better experience for our patients – the Force will be with us!

Save the day and book your place now on our dedicated LOC in the Lakes 2020: Time Wars event page!