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Sandra Charitable Trust Early Career Nurses and Midwives Leadership Programme


The Florence Nightingale Foundation, with the Sandra Charitable Trust, are pleased to offer this programme to early career nurses and midwives.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Develop leadership identity, capacity, and capability.
  • Influence organisational and patient outcomes at local, systems, national and international level of healthcare delivery.

The learning objectives for the programme are to:

  • Demonstrate enhanced awareness of how personality preferences influence personal effectiveness and performance in teams.
  • Identify and critically appraise opportunities to influence through personal and collective authority.
  • Develop strategies to express self in a manner which communicates presence, enables influence, and has impact.
  • Explore personal resilience and develop tools for staying effective under pressure.
  • Formulate and put into practice plans which contribute to improved outcomes for patients and staff underpinned by evidence and quality improvement methodology.

The programme will be delivered over a 6-month period.


This leadership programme for early career nurses and midwives, has kindly been funded by the Sandra Charitable Trust.

Programme Dates


Applications open

11 November 2022

Applications close




Informed of outcome

30 JANUARY 2023



16 February 2023


13.00 – 16.00

22-24 March 2023


09.00 – 17.00

TBC 23 April 2023


Residential with accomodation

TBC October 2023

Celebration Event

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.

Eligibility Criteria

To participate in the programme you must: 

  • be a registered nurse / midwife with the NMC.

  • be practising in the UK.

  • be a maximum of two years post qualification.

Application Process

The application, shortlisting and selection processes will be administered nationally by the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

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

  • How you will use the programme to work with others, learn from, and share experiences.
  • How the programme will support your personal development plan (PDP).
  • How you will use the experience to improve patient and health outcomes.
  • Your aspirations to develop as a leader.
  • Support from your line manager and Chief Nurse to enable you to attend all learning sessions/opportunities as part of this programme.

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

  • Personal, employment and education information.
  • A copy of your professional registration documentation (NMC Registration).
  • An electronic photo of yourself (head and shoulders in high resolution).
  • A completed nominator referral form (completed by your line manager and Chief Nurse) with authorisation to join the programme.
  • Completed terms and conditions.

Please note before application:

  • Applications that do not demonstrate commitment to the profession, improving patient and health outcomes, commitment to the Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumni will not be considered
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Applications without line manager or Chief Nurse support will not be accepted
  • Download Senior Sponsor Form

If you have any questions about applying for this programme, please email [email protected]

Programme Structure

Day 1 Morning

Personality Preferences and Performance in Teams (Face to face)  

Utilising the psychometric tool, Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) we will explore how personality preference influences personal leadership styles and how awareness can enable the promotion of high performing teams. This offers participants an objective view which increases awareness of bias, styles and preferences.

Day 1 Afternoon

Principles and Practice of Quality Improvement (Face to face)

An introduction to QI including approaches to leading change management and measuring impact. Support to define a QI project which will have impact on patient outcomes or staff well-being.

Day 2

Presentation of Self: Presence & Impact (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts – Face to Face)

Practical approaches to developing confidence and clarity in the delivery of key messages for a range of audiences including the media

Day 3 and Day 4

Stepping into your Authority (Face to face)

Development of leadership attributes which enable influence from ward to board. Specific consideration will be given to exploring their sphere of authority in relation to share governance, systems leadership and leading upwards. This will draw on contemporary leadership theory supporting an authentic and compassionate approach

Day 5

Celebration Event (Face to face)

An opportunity to network, showcase and celebrate the impact of the programme on their clinical leadership journeys and the outcome of their improvement projects.

Additional information

Each participant on the programme will be expected to undertake an improvement project which will enable them to apply their learning to practice.

The top projects will be selected to present at the Celebration Event.

All participants will join the FNF alumni community and receive on going networking and leadership development opportunities through events, webinars, media engagement and policy thought leadership.

Programme Details