Providing our health and care workforce with rewarding careers and the opportunity to develop their skills can help people find joy in their work and encourage them to stay working with us in Cumbria for longer. 

We know that many things throughout the stages of our lives can affect how we feel about our work and our desire to progress.

Career conversations are a personalised approach to supporting employees whose priorities may be changing. 

Managers who understand the needs of their staff and are equipped to support them at all stages of their career are more likely to enhance the working lives of individuals and develop more engaged and productive teams.

Career conversations can take place at any time or be part of a formal process such as appraisal or supervision.

We have created some person-centred career resources to support managers to have positive conversations with their teams regarding the development and support they need to thrive in their role and develop their career should they choose to do so.

Access the toolkit here...

Person-centred career conversation training is available for managers who benefit from group learning or applying skills practically through conversation. Please see below for dates which are now available to book:

As part of our focus on inclusivity in March 2022, we caught up with Leanne Story (Elm C Ward Sister at the Cumberland Infirmary, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS FT).

Leanne shared with us the positive work that she and her colleagues on the Elm C Ward have been doing to better include people who are living with dementia:

Teach it forward! If you would like to share your improvement story, please get in touch with us at 

To access the Alzheimer's Society 'This is me' tool, please visit: 

Co-production is a way of working that involves people who use health and care services, carers and communities in equal partnership.

It engages groups of people at the earliest stages of service design, development and evaluation. Co-production helps to ground discussions in reality, and to maintain a person-centred perspective.

Over the last few years, a range of organisations, groups and individuals in west Cumbria have been coming together to help reduce the number of people who end up in hospital after a stroke. The Copeland Community Stroke Prevention Project is a fantastic example of a co-production success story - something that we can all learn from.

In this video we hear from Julie Clayton (Head of Communications & Engagement, NHS North Cumbria CCG), Charlotte Pace (Facilitator, IVAR), Kevin Walsh and Elly Day (Community Volunteers, Rotary Club). Together they describe the work that they have been involved in as part of this project, as well as their experiences of co-producing:

If you would like to know more about the Copeland Community Stroke Prevention Project, please visit

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Get started on your co-production journey today - access the north Cumbria co-production toolkit here...