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A Leadership Programme for Nurses from Global Majority backgrounds working in Adult Social Care


The Florence Nightingale Foundation in partnership with Deborah Sturdy, Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care in the Department for Health and Social Care, is pleased to offer an exceptional and transformational leadership development opportunity. The programme is open to nurses from a global majority background working in social care organisations across England who have at least three years’ post registration experience.  

This programme offers a supportive learning space to develop leadership identity, capacity, and capability to influence organisational and patient outcomes.

PLEASE NOTE: Places are fully funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, however participants will need to fund their own travel to any face-to-face sessions.

“When I first came into social care I didn’t understand the role very well and so I felt stampeded, I wasn’t able to be effective. I was in a hurry to run away but going through this course I had a big change of mind. I wish I’d done it earlier in my work in social care. It has improved my confidence, it has improved my communication. I have much better skills when it comes to collaboration and team work. I have seen career progression. The list is endless.” Christabel Chinonso U participated in the programme 2022-23. Read more here in her Star Alumni blog.



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.

Programme Structure

The Leadership programme includes:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Days 4 & 5
Day 6
Day 7

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

Programme Timeline

10 November 2023

Applications Open

17 December 2023

Applications Close (midnight)

22 December 2023

Notification letters

17 January 2024

Welcome Day
Personality Preferences and Performance in Teams
(Virtual. 09.30-15.30)

26 January 2024

QI Project
Principles and Practice of Quality Improvement
(Virtual. 09.30-16.30)

5, 6 or 7 February 2024

RADA Presentation of Self: Presence & Impact
(Face to Face – London. 09.30-17.30). Participants will be allocated one of the above dates

28 & 29 February 2024

Using Your Authority and Influencing Change
(Virtual. 09.30-16.30 on each day)

13 March 2024

Next Steps
(Virtual. 09.00-16.30)

15 March 2023

Hand in of Quality Improvement Project
Two-minute elevator pitch


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

28 March 2023

Celebration Event

(Face to Face – London. 10.00-15.00)

Eligibility Criteria

To participate in the programme you must: 

  • be a registered nurse with the NMC.

  • be a minimum of three years post qualification.

  • come from a Global Majority background.

  • be working in adult social care in England.

Application Process

To apply, complete the application form. The application, shortlisting and selection processes will be administered by the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

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