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How a programme for future nurse leaders has prepared them for the top

At the end of 2015, deputy directors of nursing were being interviewed for one of 15 sought-after places on a new kind of leadership course.
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At the end of 2015, deputy directors of nursing were being interviewed for one of 15 sought-after places on a new kind of leadership course

Aimed at those aspiring to become chief nurses, the masters-level course was created, in part, to address concerns about the high number of nurse director vacancies.

The so-called 'aspiring nurse directors' programme began early last year, following a series of investigations by Nursing Standard that revealed high vacancy rates for nurses at the top of NHS trusts.

A total of 11 nurses were selected for the challenging programme, which launched at London South Bank University and ran from April to October.

Future nurse directors

The course is a collaboration between NHS Improvement (NHSI) and Health Education England

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