Because you care: new frontline nursing and midwifery leadership programme open for applications

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Frontline nurses and midwives are being supported to do the job they love even better, and increase their influence on how care is delivered through a major new leadership development programme, which has now opened for applications.

Whether providing care within people’s homes, nursing homes, out in the community, or on the wards, the Frontline nursing and midwifery programme is aimed at all nurses and midwives working in organisations providing NHS-funded care.

Delivered over six months and taught through a mix of online learning and face-to-face workshops, the development programme aims to support participants to be the nurse or midwife they want to be. It will help them to develop the skills needed to reflect on their strengths, role and their ability to do what they came into the profession to do –  to make a difference to people’s lives.

The first cohorts will start the programme in April 2014, with further cohorts starting across the country each month after that. It is hoped more than 5,000 frontline nurses and midwives will start the programme this year.

The programme is being delivered by the NHS Leadership Academy as part of the most far reaching and comprehensive investment in leadership development the NHS has ever seen. It builds on the success of the previous nationally-delivered nursing and midwifery leadership programme, incorporating online learning with face-to-face sessions delivered regionally to be accessible to as many nurses and midwives as possible.

Karen Lynas, the deputy managing director of the NHS Leadership Academy, said: “Leadership is about modelling a way of behaving; being courageous enough to make sure you spend time where you know it is best served. It’s about redesigning the way care is delivered so the priorities are right, and having control over resources so they are spent on the right things.  It’s about pushing against the boundaries of your control and influence so you lead as much of your own professional lives and the work of those around you that you possibly can.

“The Frontline nursing and midwifery programme is a major investment by the NHS in its staff and I hope that thousands will seize this incredible opportunity – to make improvements to services, support colleagues in their teams and organisations, and for themselves.”

Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer of England, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the Frontline nursing and midwifery programme. It is through the 6Cs of: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment that we will improve the quality, effectiveness, safety and experience of patient care, and this programme will support nurses and midwives in developing the skills and confidence to make changes where they are most needed.”

To find out more and apply for the programme, visit the NHS Leadership Academy website new.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/frontline or tweet using #NHSFrontline or follow @NHSLeadership.

Recruitment to the programme is on-going and places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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