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.

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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 year after introducing ‘peer supporters’ into mental health and disability services across Cumbria, teams at Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) are reflecting on their success.

Explaining what a Peer Supporter can bring to a clinical service, Peer Support Operational Manager Faye Atkinson said: “Every Peer Supporter’s role is a little bit different, particularly depending on what type of service they are part of. Some Peer’s work with Carer’s and have developed peer led carer support groups, as well as making individual calls to carers to check on their wellbeing. They might offer visits to people who we are supporting in the community. Some help service users to engage with care planning, to ensure they’re involved in steering their own treatment.

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...

Safeguarding Week 2022 - 'learning from practice'

Between Monday 14th March - Friday 18th March 2022, partners from Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) have come together to develop an extensive programme of learning events, seminars and interactive sessions. The programme of events will be delivered virtually throughout the week providing ease of access for all attendees.

Developed for both professional and public audiences, the programme offers a packed schedule of sessions which will be delivered by inspirational and motivational speakers, all of whom are experts in their field. The professional sessions will cover key safeguarding areas and have been designed to stimulate discussion, share best practice, spark innovation and support continuing professional development.

The week begins with a launch event opened by Lesley Walker, Cumbria Safeguarding Children’s Partnership’s Independent Scrutineer. 

For more details please visit the CSCP website here...