Local matron urges others to take fantastic nursing and midwifery opportunity

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Bristol matron Gerry Baber is urging nurses and midwives in the city to take advantage of a free development opportunity being offered by the NHS Leadership Academy.

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Gerry Baber

The Frontline nursing and midwifery programme is part of the largest investment into leadership the NHS has ever known.

Gerry, who is a matron in the Division of Surgery Head and Neck at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, is on the senior operational leaders nursing programme, and is finding her learning is improving her leadership, the impact she has on her team and vitally, patient care.

Gerry said: “I think every nurse and midwife should go on the Frontline programme. The programme I joined really energised me, and equipped me with tools to deal with the demands of the job.

“You develop a strong bond with your cohort group, and have a safe environment in which you can develop, challenge and improve your performance.”

Delivered by the NHS Leadership Academy, the Frontline nursing and midwifery programme will support 5,000 nurses and midwives to do the job they love even better and increase their influence on how care is delivered.

Cohorts will be running in cities and towns around the country, with the Bristol-based cohort starting on 28 April. Anybody wanting to apply should do this as soon as they can before applications close late this week (w/e 28 March).

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 – make a difference to people’s lives.

Karen Lynas, deputy managing director of the NHS Leadership Academy said, “Nobody makes more of a difference to how your health care feels than the frontline nurses and midwives who look after you.

“I am so pleased we are able to offer this programme, designed entirely for them, to support them in their crucial role, develop them to be even better at their job, and importantly, to have more influence in how our care is delivered.

“I hope that thousands of them will seize this opportunity which will make a real difference to patients, carers and our communities.”

The first cohorts start in April 2014, with further cohorts starting across the country each month after that. The programme builds on the success of the previously nationally delivered nursing and midwifery leadership programmes, incorporating online learning with face-to-face sessions delivered regionally to be accessible to a many nurses and midwives as possible.

Places are free and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so to find out more and apply, visit the NHS Leadership Academy website: www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/frontline

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