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Children and Young Person’s Nurse Leadership Programme


The Florence Nightingale Foundation, in partnership with NHS England, are pleased to offer a leadership programme to Children and Young Person’s Nurses who are leading teams, at band 7 and above, from all communities. 

This exciting opportunity – 8 days over 6 months – will enable you to explore and enhance your personal leadership attributes, develop your political acumen, and enhance your influence.

This programme offers a supportive learning space to develop leadership identity, capacity, and capability to influence organisational and patient outcomes at a local and system level of healthcare delivery. It will also provide an opportunity for reflection and exploration of possible future career development and next steps to a senior nurse role.  

Applications are particularly welcomed from nurses from a global majority background. 

PLEASE NOTE: Places are fully funded by NHS England, however participants will need to fund their own travel to any face-to-face sessions.


Programme Structure

The Leadership programme will be undertaken over 6 months (see dates below).

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3 and 4
Day 5
Day 6 and 7
Day 8

You will also be supported to undertake a quality improvement (QI) project which will enable you to apply your learning to practice. The top projects will be selected to present at the celebration event.

Programme Dates

9 November 2023

Applications Open

14 December 2023

Applications Close

12 January 2024


20 February 2024

Welcome day/Personality Preferences and Performance in Teams/Principles and Practice of Quality Improvement
(11.00-16.00. Face to Face – London)

5,6 or 7 March 2024

Presentation of Self: Presence & Impact (RADA)
(09.30-16.30. Face to Face – London)

TBC April 2024

Stepping into your Authority (The King’s Fund)
(Face to Face – London, 2 days. 1 night accommodation funded)

21 May 2024

Political Acumen (Eden and partners)
(09.30-16.30. Face to Face – London)

June 2024

Introduction to Co-consulting
(Online Course Self-directed)

Action Learning Sets
(Virtual Session) 

July 2024

Hand in of Quality Improvement Project

The top 5 projects will be requested to present at the celebration event

17 September 2024

Celebration Event
(Face to Face – London)


Be part of a 'Life-changing' Experience

Participants report the “life changing” leadership experience and its professional and personal impact. Participants report feeling more confident to speak out and influence improvements in patient care and health outcomes.

Participants will join the FNF alumni community and receive ongoing networking and leadership development opportunities through events, webinars, media engagement and policy thought leadership.

Eligibility Criteria

To participate in the programme you must: 

  • be a registered nurse or midwife with the NMC.
  • be working within NHS England or for an independent providers who are contracted to provide NHS services.
  • be a Children and Young Person’s Nurse.
  • be working at Band 7 or above.

Application Process

The application, shortlisting and selection processes will be administered nationally by the Florence Nightingale Foundation with NHS England representation at shortlisting and interview.

What you will need to demonstrate in your application form and interview:

Upon application, you are required to upload the following information:

Please note before application:

Senior Sponsor Form

Programme Details

Specialist Partnerships

The level of development we offer our participants is one of the unique aspects of our programmes:

RADA Business: Presence & Impact Programme.

Since 1904, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art has been a global leader in its field, with alumni becoming globally celebrated names on stage and screen. RADA Business harnesses this excellence and translates it to the world of work. Usually cited as one of the most impactful parts of our programmes, this course explores how to use the body, breath and voice – core elements of effective communication – to maximise your impact, hold your space in challenging situations, strengthen your influence, and lead with confidence.

King’s Fund: Leadership Development Programme

As a charity working to improve health and care, The Kings Fund provide compassionate leadership development programmes. Through virtual or face to face events or residentials, learners share their experiences and engage in immersive learning activities to support growth and development. The tailored programmes explore strategic leadership, focus on self awareness, personal development of influence, negotiation and impact.