Leadership programme for nurses and midwives

Health Education England (HEE) has partnered with the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) to provide a Leadership Programme for nurses and midwives, from a diverse background working within the NHS in England.  

Fully funded by HEE, the programme offers 44 – band five, six and seven – nurses and midwives from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds a leadership development opportunity to become Florence Nightingale Foundation Nurses and Midwives.  

The Florence Nightingale Foundation highlights the programme celebrates those who arrived off HMT Empire Windrush, as well as their descendants, who remain major contributors to the NHS workforce and the healthcare sector. 

Within the Florence Nightingale statement, the foundation notes that some of the added benefits of the programme include a greater understanding of personal leadership style; improved sense of equal treatment by peers and managers; improved satisfaction in working experience; improved satisfaction with career progression opportunities; and increased self-presence and personal impact. 

The structure of the programme includes:  

  • A 1-day virtual welcome day, which is a briefing day for cohorts and the establishment of individual cohort communities.  
  • A 1-day virtual QI session, providing guidance and advice on a QI project. 
  • A 2-day residential with a cohort of FNF nurses and midwives, to build a learning community and a network of peer support throughout the programme and beyond. 
  • A 2 and a half-day virtual “Presence & Impact” Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) Programme. 
  • A 1-day virtual final day for the nurses and midwives to identify the next steps in their leadership journey. 
  • A Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service for nurses, midwives, health care professionals, family members and guests to celebrate their professions. 
  • An award ceremony to celebrate the success of the FNF Nurses and Midwives at end of the programme. 

Greta Westwood, Chief Executive Officer, Florence Nightingale Foundation, commented on the new programme: “This is a unique opportunity for the Florence Nightingale Foundation to celebrate ethnic minority nurses and midwives by offering leadership development to nurses and midwives who are either descendants from the Windrush generation or from a diverse background.  

“Our aim is to create opportunities through a peer-to-peer learning environment to explore and discover personal leadership styles and unlock potential. We focus on facilitated learning that challenges you as leaders to think about health and care leadership in a less conventional way.”

If you are eligible for the programme and would like to apply, please click here.