One of our partner NHS Trusts (University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust) is holding two 2 day events to showcase the wide range of clinical careers available in the NHS and to inspire people to join them:

  • 12 and 13 March 2016 - Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster
  • 23 and 24 April 2016 - Furness General Hospital, Barrow

These sessions are aimed at anyone thinking of a career in healthcare and will consist of a series of practical interactive sessions, demonstrations and shadowing, opportunities to speak to professionals and to build links, question and answer sessions, as well as provide help with personal statements and UCAS applications, etc.

For more information, please contact Erin Hitchen, 

To book a place, please complete the application form on the UHMB website.

Do you have a learning story to tell?  

Have you undertaken a project with learning at its heart?

If so, please consider putting an application in to the North West Adult Learners' Week awards 2016.

The North West Adult Learners' Week awards 2016 are a cross-sector award scheme led by Health Education England, in conjunction with North West Employers and Voluntary Sector North West.

Individual award categories include:

Learning Together project award categories include:

Nominations are open until 12 noon on Monday 18 April 2016.

Further details can be found on the NHS Education England website.

Transforming our health and care system may not be the easiest thing to do but we know it is the right thing if we are to offer the best quality care to our communities within the resources that are available to us. Success will depend as much on our relationships and how we interact and learn with one another as the changes that we will make. That is why, as part of our organisational development, our health provider organisations are working together to embed a culture of coaching.

Evidence shows that organisations that have embraced coaching as an approach have better working relationships and improve their performance through supporting their people to learn and grow, enabling them to exercise their own judgement to make the right decisions for the people who use their services.

Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative with the North West Leadership Academy are offering a two day coaching skills programme for senior managers at board and sub-board level within Better Care Together and the Success Regime. We are targeting this opportunity at those managers playing key roles in our respective transformation programmes.


Our Aim

To enable our managers to communicate using core coaching skills in their relationships with their staff and colleagues in order to build a coaching culture throughout the Cumbria Health and Care system.

By the end of the course it is hoped that you will:

  • Understand what is meant by a coaching approach and the impact it can have on individuals and organisations
  • Understand how and where coaching fits within the health and care economy strategic plans
  • Know more about key coaching skills such as: active listening; empathy; asking open questions; giving effective feedback
  • Be more aware of the psychological aspects of a coaching approach
  • Have experienced and practised using these key coaching skills
  • Have identified your next steps for using a coaching approach with your staff and colleagues and the support you need to do this


Course Details

Dates: Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February 2016, 9.00am to 5.00pm each day

Venue: Westmorland Hotel, Near Orton, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3SB

To enquire about a place please contact:  

“It's too late for the money to make the difference. The NHS is broke. To fix it we need the exploiters, adventurers and achievers” (Roy Lilley)


Ever had an idea that you think would help to change things but not known what to do about it? 

Like to see and do things a bit differently? 

Curious mind? 

Enjoy thinking creatively and making things happen?


The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) is now offering another opportunity for volunteers to become ‘Innovation Scouts’. Come and join the Network!


Innovation is simply about the application of better solutions that address unmet needs. This can be a new technology, a new device, or an improved service.


What will I be expected to do?

  • Attend learning events offered by the AHSN
  • Be a ‘champion’ for innovation and raise awareness in your organisation
  • Become recognised as the ‘go to’ person for any queries about innovation in your organisation
  • Identify NHS innovations for further assessment and potential development
  • Be aware of intellectual property rights and how they may impact on your organisation


What you will receive:

  • Free training on all aspects of innovation and intellectual property
  • Free specialist support and advice from the region’s innovation hub, NHS Innovations North
  • Access to a network of other healthcare professionals


How do I become an Innovation Scout?

  • The Innovation Scout Network is open to anyone working in one of the AHSN member organisations (NHS Foundation Trusts and CCGs in the North East). The invite is also extended to clinical and non-clinical staff working in primary care
  • Contact Rachel at the AHSN to register your interest and find out more (


What next?

Save the date and come along to the following events:

  • Tuesday 8th March (Introduction to Innovation) and Wednesday 27th April (Essentials of Innovation) – further details on ‘Your Invite to the AHSN Innovation Scout Events’ flyer
  • Contact Sarah to sign up (