Brought to you by CLIC in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Services, this Lunch & Learn session on 24 February 2022 saw Dr Brenda Connolly (Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Lead for Staff Wellbeing at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC)) deliver a presentation on 'Compassionate Mind Training for Staff Wellbeing'. 

The aim of the session was to provide an overview of compassionate mind training, a new offer from NCIC's staff wellbeing service. Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) is an evidence-based psychological intervention which aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by encouraging people to be compassionate toward themselves and other people. Compassionate Mind Training is the psychoeducation and skills building part of CFT, but can also be used as a stand-alone therapeutic intervention. It helps us to understand, and work with, our tricky brains. It builds our abilities to use our bodies to support our minds, and develop the courage and wisdom to address our life difficulties and flourish.

Upcoming LUNCH & LEARN...

Personalised Care is Everyone's Business│ 16 March 2022, 12:00 - 12:30pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams

Join us for this Lunch and Learn to hear from Laura Heaton-Sutton (Personalised Care Project Lead at NHS North Cumbria CCG), on 'Personalised Care is Everyone's Business'.

This session will provide a snapshot of what personalised care is, the model of personalised care, why it is needed, who is involved, the barriers faced and the difference a conversation can make. It will also look at simple changes everyone can make in everyday practice to make their approach more personalised. The session will involve discussions around health inequalities and how a personalised care approach can make all the difference.

No need to book! Find out more & get the MS Teams link here...

If you would like to present and share your innovations/improvements across a wider platform, please get in touch with us at: / 01768 245480

Tracey Garbarino has been appointed as a Knowledge Specialist in the Primary Care Training Hub for the North East and North Cumbria.

Tracey’s role is funded by Health Education England (HEE) and she is doing it as a job share alongside Julie Weeks from Northumbria. 

The Knowledge Specialist role includes: 

  • Literature searching: taking the heavy lifting out of evidence searches, saving you time
  • Horizon scanning bulletins: collections of articles, guidance, reports and web resources
  • Supporting people to make the most of HEE tools before, during and after an event
  • Workforce tools: Knowledge retention and transfer toolkit
  • Knowledge Mobilisation self-assessment tool: A tool to help health organisations make better use of external evidence and organisational knowledge

You can find out more information here: 

The NHS Leadership Academy learning hub provides easy access to learning materials for health and care staff.

Their bitesized learning enables individuals to develop new skills, and discover new ways to improve your experience of work with short guides developed by experts. Some of these focus specifically on inclusivity, increasing awareness and understanding in order to promote difference and foster equality:

#ProjectM provides a place and space for team leaders and managers to connect, share and learn together. The NHS Leadership Academy has produced an inspiration library, with the aim of helping team leaders thrive through winter and beyond.

Recently Rasheed Ogunlaru, a coach, speaker and author, recently recorded a series of 10 videos covering all kinds of leadership topics, including: influencing others; mindfulness; compassion; and much more. In the final part of the series, Rasheed reminded us of the power of inclusion and each and everyone's role in it:

Returning summer 2022! The NHS Leadership Academy's 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).

The programme is designed to bridge the gap between where applicants are and where they need to be, to progress into more senior roles. Successful applicants will be empowered to drive forward the inclusion agenda and develop their skills and abilities in order to grow and progress.

What's covered?

  • Increasing your self-awareness and the leadership strengths your diversity brings 
  • Range of management principles, gaining comprehensive understanding of leadership and management
  • Developing your communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of senior leadership requirements and the opportunity to craft your authentic leadership style and approach
  • Developing an understanding of the factors that both block and enable progression and development
  • Developing a personal and organisational strategy, and your ability to influence the healthcare system you work in to create greater equality

Find out more & register your interest here...

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You might also be interested in this masterclass recording from the NHS North West Leadership Academy...

How to develop a culture that promotes intentional inclusion

Watch back the NHS North West Leadership Academy's Inclusive Leadership Masterclass featuring powerful sessions from: Naheed Nazir Associate Director, Inclusion and Engagement, Northern Care Alliance; Tara Hewitt Group Equality and Inclusion Lead, Northern Care Alliance; and Safina Nadeem EDI Lead CQC:

A search has been launched for a partner to develop a device allowing patients to self-test for Prostate Specific Antigens (PSA), within a home or community setting.

Submit your expressions of interest via the link below! The closing date for applications is Friday 25th March 2022.

Submit your expression of interest here...

The Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) latest unmet need call aims to connect innovators from healthcare with innovation pathway partners, to address challenges identified by NHS staff and improve health outcomes. PSA testing measures the amount of prostate specific antigen in the blood and patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer need to closely monitor their levels. It is a joint project between Health Network North and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, supported by the Northern Cancer Alliance, as a result of its work on prostate cancer follow up. The unmet need call aims to make PSA testing as accessible as possible within a home or community setting, enabling patients or their carers to test serum/blood PSA concentrations.

Read more here...

Leadership Listens is a series of curated podcasts for leaders in health and care. This mini-series of podcasts, as part of the ‘Leadership Listens’ series, is all about compassionate leadership and is a collection of conversations between Professor Michael West and leaders from across the health and care sector.

It’s based around Michael’s latest book – Compassionate Leadership: Sustaining Wisdom, Humanity and Presence in Health and Social Care published in 2021 by Swirling Leaf Press.

Available now:

  • Episode 0 – Introduction to the Compassionate Leadership miniseries
  • Episode 1 – The importance of compassion in medicine and the importance of self-compassion

Find out more & listen...