So please go to the Nursing Times’ website, use the form and send names (you can send us as many as you want) of people you think should grace our list, along with a brief explanation of why you think they should be included. Nominees can be from any leadership role within the NHS or private sector, and community or acute setting. From ward to board – any level of leader is eligible. You can nominate yourself or others. You can talk about the list on twitter by using #NTLeaders.
Also, have you heard about our Frontline nursing and midwifery programme? It’s an excellent, free opportunity to develop your leadership skills.
1. Extent of the nurse leader’s impact
Does the person have influence over large numbers of people? What budget and resources do they have access to? How do they affect nursing policy, practice and patient care? How large is their Twitter following? How often are they in the media? Are they a good role model? Have they a vision that improves services and care, and do they communicate this in a way that is compelling and exciting, yet feels achievable?
2. Influence across different areas of healthcare
Do they hold a number of positions across nursing or exert influence in a number of ways? Do they understandhow health and social care services fit together, interconnect and interact? Are they flexible in using different organisations to create a better service and outcomes for patients?
How do they use their influence? How do they improve practice and care?
4. Are they a good role model?
We want nominees who demonstrate that they care for their teams, provide a safe, educational environment in which they encourage their teams to grow and do their jobs effectively. They must ensure team members are valued and show respect and compassion to each other. They must set performance goals and support their teams in delivering them, and champion learning and personal development.
5. What is the individual’s legacy?
How significant is their achievement? How will we remember their contribution? Will they leave the profession in a better place than when they joined it? Did they engineer substantial change that had an impact on patient care? Were they the first to perform their role? Or, perhaps their achievements took place in a challenging environment, facing additional barriers? Have they achieved results by working collaboratively and recognising individual contributions?