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Charity plans to create 1 million nurse and midwife leaders

Florence Nightingale Foundation announces five-year plan to extend its leadership programme and support more nurses to ‘blaze a trail’ for better healthcare

The Florence Nightingale Foundation announces five-year plan to extend its leadership programme and support more nurses to ‘blaze a trail’ for better healthcare

The Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) has set ambitions to create 1 million nurse and midwife leaders in the next five years.

1 million leadership development opportunities by 2027

Launching its new five-year plan , the charity said it will support more nurses to ‘blaze a trail’ for better health and care by extending its leadership development opportunities from 155,000 nurses

The Florence Nightingale Foundation announces five-year plan to extend its leadership programme and support more nurses to ‘blaze a trail’ for better healthcare

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The Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) has set ambitions to create 1 million nurse and midwife leaders in the next five years.

1 million leadership development opportunities by 2027

Launching its new five-year plan, the charity said it will support more nurses to ‘blaze a trail’ for better health and care by extending its leadership development opportunities from 155,000 nurses and midwives in 2020-21 to 1,000,000 by 2027.

It currently runs several leadership programmes, including for people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, students and those who want to influence digital transformation in nursing.

The charity said it will also develop programmes and scholarships focused on global health, sustainable health, entrepreneurship and innovation to help achieve its goal.

Foundation plans to have greater influence on UK policy

As part of its five-year strategy, the FNF also wants to ‘influence’ nursing policies in the UK and globally, while promoting evidence-based practice so nursing chiefs are able to measure the affect their leadership has on quality of care, operational performance and financial sustainability.

FNF chief executive Greta Westwood said: ‘All of the nurses and midwives on our leadership programmes tell us repeatedly what difference it has made to their career, but also, importantly, what difference it has made to the patient and health outcomes of the communities in which they work.’

Further information

Florence Nightingale Foundation: Leadership Programmes


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