51% of nurses who took part in the NHS Leadership Academy’s Frontline Nursing and Midwifery programme have been promoted into senior leadership roles, a new survey has found.
The Frontline Nursing and Midwifery programme launched in 2014 and has supported more than 5,000 nurses and midwives to deliver better care. The six-month programme recruited participants from a range of backgrounds including ward sisters, specialist practitioners and matrons from across the health system.
More than 1,000 people responded to the survey which was carried out by the Academy in partnership with the Chief Nursing Officer, Jane Cummings.
Sam Peate, senior programme lead at the Academy said: “I’m pleased that so many nurses and midwives from across the NHS have benefitted from the programme.
“Good leadership is at the core of high quality care being delivered and this programme has had a key part to play in helping to develop leaders who are passionate about making a real difference.”
Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said: “I’m delighted to see the programme is successfully supporting thousands more nurses and midwives across the country. Nursing is a highly skilled, important and valued profession and it is only right we support them in developing the skills and confidence to take on new and more senior roles as well as make changes where they are most needed, helping deliver the best possible care.”
Participants have said they feel more confident and re-engaged in the purpose of their organisation. Many also expressed that they feel empowered to challenge the status quo to make significant improvements in patient care.
The programme formed part of a pledge of former Prime Minister David Cameron to improve nursing in healthcare and was delivered in partnership with The Korn Ferry Hay Group.
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