Florence Nightingale Foundation’s new academy will develop nurse leaders

Initiative aims to influence health policy and promote an evidence-based culture 

Initiative aims to influence health policy and promote an evidence-based culture 

Further details have been released about a new academy that aims to develop leaders at all levels of nursing and midwifery.

The Florence Nightingale Foundation says its academy will be a ‘go to’ service for leadership development opportunities, will identify and use healthcare evidence, and provide expert opinion and advice on issues affecting patient care and experience.

Launched in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife – the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth – the Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy aims to do the following:

  • Develop leaders: education will be provided to help future nurse and midwifery leaders gain skills to influence change and improve patient care
  • Utilise evidence: research priorities will be identified and members of the academy will input into future strategies for an evidence-based culture 
  • Influence policy: nurses and midwives will contribute to national, regional and local health policy agendas

‘Supporting leaders of the future’

Simon Stevens. Picture: Barney Newman

Speaking at an event to launch the foundation’s 2020 celebrations, NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: ‘I want to thank the Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy for supporting our great leaders of the future. 

‘I would also urge anyone looking for an exciting and rewarding career to consider training to be a nurse or midwife.’

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