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Posted on Monday 30th November 2015

More than 2,000 nurses working in Cumbria are taking part in free training sessions to improve clinical skills across the county’s workforce.

For the first time, this scheme sees registered nurses from hospitals, GP practices, nursing homes and in the community, training together.

The Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC) runs the courses, which are also helping to create new clinical networks in Cumbria and bring benefits for patients.

The courses focus on areas identified by nurses where they are keen to access the latest thinking and practice. They are offered free and delivered by clinical specialists from a variety of teams here in Cumbria and tutors from the University of Cumbria.

Suzanne Beaty is a lead clinical skills nurse educator based in Workington. She says: “The feedback we get has been overwhelmingly positive, the training is free and often brings nurses working in very different environments together. We believe that around one in ten nurses working in Cumbria has attended or booked on at least one of these courses.”

The courses cover a range of issues from pain management to diabetes, wound care to specialised catheterisation.

“As well as boosting skills we know the courses are popular because they are recognised by employers across Cumbria if nurses move from one health care organisation to another,” added Suzanne. “Nurses going through the process of revalidation can also use it as evidence to show they are continuing to develop and improve.”

After the course there is follow up support from the Clinical Skills Nurse Educators which encourages continued development.

Nurses who have been on the course have been overwhelmingly positive about the experience.

Lisa Tugman, is the deputy manager of the Riverside Court Nursing Home, in Maryport. She said: “I can honestly say the training has been invaluable for all of us here at Riverside. My nurses and I have found all the courses very interesting and have learned a great deal from them and put our new knowledge into practice. It is great to meet other professionals and ultimately this can only improve the patient’s journey through our health care system”.

June Kirkbride is a community nurse, at Longtown Medical Centre. She said: “By having the collaborative workshops it provides the opportunity to share good practice”. 

Darren Southern Leigh, is a Registered Nurse with the Fire Fighters Charity at Eamont Bridge near Penrith, said: “Working with other nurses from other areas is great.”

Ashleigh Stephenson, a Registered Nurse at Harbour View Lodge Nursing Home in Whitehaven, said: “CLIC support staff are approachable and willing to help even when the courses are over.”

Hannah Jones is a community nurse based in Ulverston. She praised the focus on best practice and said: “The follow up makes you feel safe knowing someone else apart from your team is supporting you.”

The courses will continue until the end of March.


1) The courses are - Pain management / Diabetes / Verification of expected death / Enhanced communication training / Male and Supra pubic catheterisations / Wound care and tissue viability.  

2) CLIC is a partnership between health and social care organisations in Cumbria including NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group / Cumbria County Council / Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust / North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust / University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay – with training provided by University of Cumbria Faculty of Health. Funding was provided by Health Education North West.

3) Registered nurses in Cumbria can take part in these courses which will end in February more information is available www.theclic.org.uk/education-and-learning/clinical-skills-programme/events| to book a place.

4) Revalidation for nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council is due to start in April 2016 – this is a process to ensure nurses have the right skills to deliver the best patient care.

5) For more information on CLIC www.theclic.org.uk/clinicalskills|.

Posted on Monday 30th November 2015


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