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Reducing Pre-registration Attrition and Improving Retention (RePAIR)in Lancashire and South Cumbria

Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership is an Integrated Care System, a partnership of health and care organisations working together across Lancashire to empower and support 1.8 million people to have the best start in life and to live longer, healthier lives

Clinical placement expansion programme 

The clinical placement expansion programme (CPEP) was launched in 2019/20, with £10m being made available to NHS Trusts and higher education institutes in England to increase clinical placement capacity. Learn more about the key objectives and outcomes of the funding.

How can we start this new year happier? 

Things have certainly not been easy over the last year, and we are still in difficult and uncertain times. The best way to try to handle our difficult emotions and experiences is by focusing on what we can control.

This January, we’re encouraging everyone to focus on small steps to try to boost happiness – for ourselves and others around us – to spread kindness and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

Please see attached downloadeable PDF version: WEX Ambassador Flyer Final 16.11.21

Check out our Health and Wellbeing Webinars and Circles below: 
Attached downloadable version: HWB Flyer

To  click the links please see the PDF downloadable version here: Digital Webinars

‘Lancashire and South Cumbria PEARL Awards’ for December 2021.
The AHP Faculty are wanting to hear from all 14 AHP’s professions, across the broad spectrum of services provided within the area.

They are wanting individuals and teams to be nominated or put themselves forward to celebrate their hard work with student placements.

You might not think that you are doing anything ‘out of the ordinary’ but the Faculty want to share ideas and build confidence across the system with how staff are approaching placements during these busy and pressured times.

You might have might utilising structured Hub and Spoke approach, or a blended clinical and project-based placement. They also want to hear from previously nominated placement approaches that have now been embedded into the placement area or shared across AHP teams for implementation.


The Faculty want to share the fantastic work which is being completed across the system. 


The nomination form and December’s flyer are below. 

GP Training NW (HEE)

In recent years, there has been a big drive to increase the number of GPs being trained, to accommodate more medical students and Foundation doctors, and to recruit an increasing variety of health care professionals working in our primary care teams. Whilst this is very welcome, it also brings challenges, in what is already a challenging time for primary care. We are very aware that lack of space is a significant barrier to being able to accommodate an increased number of learners. We continue to work both regionally and nationally to try and influence some practical support for this issue. As HEE does not have a budget for estates, one of the key factors here is ensuring that the importance of estates in relation to training, is recognised nationally by the right people. Currently, there doesn’t appear to be enough ‘noise’ escalating up from local system areas to the relevant parts of NHSEI.

So, we are contacting you now to ask you to create some of that ‘noise’ by encouraging the relevant people within your own PCN to firstly complete the PCN Estates Toolkit – links as below – and as rather frustratingly, there isn’t much mention of the need for support with primary care estate in order to accommodate the training of our future learners, to also ask you to encourage them to add the need for this throughout their return.

To access the full Toolkit suite of documents, please complete the form, which will enable the download of a zip file.

Further guidance can be found here.

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing (#BeaWinterFriend) Preventing Loneliness and Isolation Initiative
5 Ways to Wellbeing #BeaWinterFriend information

This Social Media Initiative gives the CVFSE sector and Statutory Services the opportunity to showcase all the amazing work you are doing and have done during the Covid period so far.

Using the 5 Ways to Wellbeing themesConnect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Give and Take Notice, it would be great to hear about how your organisations are helping to support people and helping prevent loneliness and isolation.  

It would be fantastic if you could you add the hashtag #BeaWinterFriend to all your media platforms and use the hashtag to help share all your supporting Initiatives. Photos and videos accompanied with #BeaWinterFriend will definitely help to spread the word and show that we are in this together. 
Please feel free to follow  @BeaWinterFriend and feel free to share the post.

Congratulations to the winners of NHS Chef 2021


A team of chefs from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) has won the NHS Chef 2021 competition, the final of which took place on Thursday 4 November at The Cookery School in Warminster.

Sanish Thomas and Sinto Mulavarickal prepared a winning menu of vegetable samosa & tamarind chutney; roulade of seabass with bouillabaisse; duck breast with apple & mushroom stuffing, duchess potato, braised red cabbage & orange sauce; and sticky toffee pudding.


They were presented their award by Prue Leith, advisor to the NHS Food Review and Simon Corben, Director of Estates and Head of Profession at NHS England and NHS Improvement, with ELHT Facilities Manager, Tim Radcliffe.

The team from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust came in second place, with Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust coming third. ​​​​​​​

a group of people holding a sign posing for the camera

The other finalists, who had qualified for the national final following competition in the regional heats, represented the following trusts:

  • University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
  • West London NHS Trust
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


The teams took part in a mentoring event in September to help boost their skills and inspire them for the national finals, with mentors including Nick Vadis, Culinary Director at Compass Group UK&I and the Chef Ambassador to NHS Supply Chain; Dr Rupy Aujla, an NHS GP who started ‘The Doctor’s Kitchen’; and Harry Lomas, Head of Culinary at Wembley Stadium.


NHS Chef 2021 provided an opportunity to celebrate and improve the skills of our hardworking catering staff and showcase the positive influence that good nutrition and hydration in hospitals can have on reducing recovery times, improve patient outcomes, and reduce costs to the NHS and wider society.

The dishes that our NHS Chef 2021 finalists have created throughout the competition demonstrate the depth and quality of catering talent within the NHS and how we can create sustainably and locally sourced, nutritious meals for patients, staff, and visitors.


Thank you to Emma Brookes, Head of Soft FM Strategy & Operations, Phil Shelley, Senior Operational & Policy Manager – Soft FM, and their team for their hard work in organising this competition.



All the best.

Three-Part Programme – click here for further information and to book

Session 1: 26 January 2022, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Session 2: 1 March 2022, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Session 3: 5 April 2022, 9.30am – 12.30pm

  • Build and develop effective working relationships across your networks
  • Enhance influencing and negotiation skills
  • Gain confidence and personal resilience working across systems
  • Develop more effective and assertive communication skills
  • Consolidate learning into reality and apply back to your workplaces.

Find out how general practice teams are supporting the Greener NHS ambitions to become a net zero health service by 2040.
Frome Medical Practice are one of the leading GP practices in the country for addressing sustainability through their comprehensive work towards meeting the criteria of the RCGP’s Green Impact Toolkit. While Colton Mill Medical Centre were inspired to implement a number of changes within their general practice to reduce their carbon footprint.

Lancashire Adult Learning (LAL) is hosting some great FREE courses to all Lancashire residents.

Check our their Health and Wellbeing courses here.

Apprenticeships Information Webinar
These sessions are suitable for any person who is responsible for apprenticeships, or who manages, supports, or works with apprentices.

More information and to book here: Apprenticeships Information Webinars Flyer

Registration is now open for the second national conference of the Psychological Professions Network #PsychologicalProfessionsWeek – from the 15th to the 19th of November 2021.

More information here.
Please register here

Webinar series: Building inclusive primary care networks in partnership with people and communities
Various Dates (Aug/Sept/Oct/Nov)

Find out more here!

A radical programme of online courses for those involved in health and social care

Various dates

More information here

See the North West Leadership Academy (NWLA) latest Primary Care offers here 

A personal development, resilience and leadership course run for GPs by GPs. 

PED is aimed at GPs in the Health Education England North West (HEENW) area who have a regular (non-locum) position at a practice be it as a partner or salaried.  

The course is based around group work, with some individual work between sessions. Groups are carefully selected so that you will be with GPs of comparable experience. It is particularly useful for those who have a leadership or educational role or are interesting in developing those areas. Whether you have two- or twenty-years’ experience in general practice, we have something to offer. 

PED is spread over two years with three three-day residential modules in the Lake District and three study days in Manchester.  

 The tutors are practising GPs with an interest in education and the course is supported with an e-learning site and a handbook. Written work is around personal education planning, practice development planning and critical incident analysis. 

Successful completion of the PED course and the academic assignments now earns a full Postgraduate Certificate award from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). There is also, a variety of additional modules allowing flexible progression to a Post graduate Diploma or a MSc. These include the optional leadership module that is linked to PED. 

For further information please contact [email protected]

**Applications for PED 2021 are currently closed.
To be added to the mailing list for future PED cohorts please
join the PED Mailing List here.

PED 2021 Further Information


Covid Vaccination Training

Various dates available!
Click below to view our calendar and book your place.

  • Check out our weekly update in PowerPoint form Here 10/01/2022
  • Sign up to the Primary Care bulletin here!
  • If you are a medical professional wanting to return to work during this crisis, see here.
  • If you are looking to volunteer and support the NHS, please see here.
  • Health Professional COVID-19 and Cancer Hub
  • HEE have created a COVID-19 update webpage that provides guidance and information which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 surge guidance
  • To keep up to date with plans for medical training recovery, visit HEE COVID-19 webpages
  • COVID-19 FAQs
  • Health Education England have compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for primary care, including online courses, useful links and local contacts. Their complete list of COVID-19 resources can be found here.

  • The General Medical Council has dedicated a page to Coronavirus information and advice. They provide guidance for doctors, trainees, medical students, responsible officers and patients, as well as information regarding temporary and provisional registration.

  • NHS England offers COVID-related guidance for clinicians and NHS Managers here. There are dedicated pages for Primary Care and General Practice. The latter provides updates, guidance and Standard Operating Procedures for managing COVID-19 in general practice.

  • BMA are offering a number of resources on their COVID pages, including a toolkit for GPs and GP practices, guidance for returning doctors and volunteers and health and wellbeing support.

  • You can find the latest government coronavirus guidance here. Guidance for healthcare professionals can be found here.