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Internationally Educated Nurses and Midwives Online Leadership Programme  


The Florence Nightingale Foundation, with the Burdett Trust for Nursing, are pleased to offer an interactive online leadership programme to all Internationally Educated Nurses and Midwives (IENMs) working in the United Kingdom.  

This exciting opportunity will be open to all IENMs practicing in the UK, whether in the NHS, social care or private healthcare. Whether you have been working here for some time or are new to the UK health care setting but would like to enhance your leadership skills, this programme is recommended for you. 

You will get the chance to develop your own authentic leadership style and to enhance your skills; enabling you to improve your service and boost your career opportunities.  

By completing the programme you join our growing community of nurse and midwifery leaders who are following in Florence’s footsteps and making a difference for patients and communities.  

The programme offers a supportive learning space, developed in collaboration with subject experts and fellow IENMs who themselves have forged exciting careers in the UK.  

The learning outcomes for this programme are: 

  • Ability to lead with greater presence and personal impact  
  • Clearer identification of personal leadership style 
  • Improved confidence in speaking up 
  • Ability to understand and lead quality improvement 
  • Confidence and understanding of how to progress your career  

We have a limited number of places on this programme so we will accept applications on a first come first served basis.


You can find out more about the Burdett Trust for Nursing by visiting their website.

Programme Dates


Applications open


Applications close

17 OCTOBER 2022

Participants informed of outcome

24 OCTOBER 2022

First module opens


Personality Preferences and Performance in Teams 


Principles and Practice of Quality Improvement 


Leading with Presence & Impact


Using your Authority and Influencing Change

MAY 2023

An Introduction to Co-consulting

MAY 2023

Programme closes

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: 

  • Have gained your primary nursing or midwifery qualification outside the UK 
  • Be a registered nurse or midwife with the NMC 
  • Be practicing in the UK  

If you have any questions about eligibility, please email [email protected]

Application Process

To apply for the programme you must complete the online application process. You will need to provide: 

  • Evidence of your professional registration with the NMC 
  • A very short biography  
  • Details of the country in which you undertook your nursing or midwifery qualification 

 You do NOT need to provide a sponsor from your employer.  

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

Programme Structure

The online programme will be undertaken over 8 months. It includes 5 modules which will be opened up one by one for you to work through at your own pace, meaning you can fit your learning around your work and other commitments. If possible you could ask your manager to provide you with some protected time to complete the course materials. We estimate you may need around 30-40 hours to complete the course content in total. You will work through some modules quicker than others but will gain more from the programme by reflecting on what you have learned from each.

You will be able to interact with your fellow participants via various online opportunities throughout the course. This will include an interactive webinar with expert facilitators and nursing and midwifery leaders at the end of each module. 

The modules of the programme are:  

Module 1

Personality Preferences and Performance in Teams  

Online learning – Utilising Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) we will explore how personality preference influence personal leadership styles and how awareness can enable the promotion of high performing teams. 

Learning Outcomes 

  • Establish individual cohort learning communities
  • Introduce concept of self and impact of self on others through the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Explore the MBTI preference pairs and apply concepts to self through a range of experiential learning exercises
  • Consider the outcome of your MBTI self-assessment and questionnaire to identify areas for personal and team development

Webinar(s) – 17 November – 14:30 – 16:30 

Module 2

Principles and Practice of Quality Improvement  

Online learning – An introduction to QI including approaches to leading change management and measuring impact.  

Learning Outcomes 

  • Understand what is meant by Quality Improvement (QI) and how it applies to your individual practice
  • Understand how QI can be used to help influence changes for continual improvements to care and experience
  • Be familiar with the Model for Improvement and how to use it as a framework to make effective change
  • Have worked through an example of how QI can be used in day-to-day practice in health and care
  • Be confident to identify and address an opportunity for improvement in your own workplace

Webinar(s) – TBC 

Module 3

Leading with Presence & Impact   

Online learning – Practical approaches to developing confidence and clarity in the delivery of key messages for a range of audiences.   

Learning Outcomes 

  • Self-awareness of individual body, breath and vocal habits and how this effects communicative impact
  • Learning how to manage nerves, imposter syndrome and workplace anxieties to communicate with impact, clarity and influence in all situations
  • Understanding of the physiology of communication, experiential practice, and clarity as to how to establish and enhance skills
  • Building confidence through sharing and problem-solving challenging behaviours that emerge within the workplace

Webinar(s) – TBC 

Module 4

Using your Authority and Influencing Change  

Online learning – Development of leadership attributes which enable influence from ward to board. Specific consideration will be given to exploring the sphere of your authority and leading upwards.  

Learning Outcomes (subject to change) 

  • Be familiar with the Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle and have used its structure to keep reflective notes in your learning journal
  • Experimented in real life situations with your personal authority to influence and manage change
  • Developed skills in self-confidence; political and emotional intelligence; assertiveness; and managing change
  • Evaluated your personal authority and personal power by recording examples of your experiments of using these behaviours in your learning journal
Module 5

An Introduction to Co-consulting 

Online learning – Promoting psychological safety in organisations and teams. To explore the theory and evidence that underpins co-consulting as an effective method of peer coaching. 

Learning Outcomes 

  • Learning how to work in a small group with colleagues, and through a structured questioning / listening approach, effectively work on real problems being faced
  • Developing individuals’ learning experience, so personal awareness of potential changed behaviours that may be possible in tackling problems, is increased
  • Increasing individuals’ understanding of personal effectiveness and personal power
Celebration event

Online celebration event to conclude the programme.

Frequently asked questions

Please read this section before applying, hopefully it will help with any questions you might have. 

Question: Are there any fees or financial obligations associated with this programme?

Answer: No, this course is fully funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing and you are not expected to pay any fees to take this programme.

Question: I am currently living in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland rather than England. Am I eligible?

Answer: Yes, we are accepting applications from anywhere in the UK. We are not accepting applications from anywhere outside of the UK.

Question: I don’t work for the NHS, can I apply?

Answer: Yes – Our places are funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing. Any IENM practicing as a registered nurse or midwife in the UK can apply.

Question: I am in the middle of my OSCE exam process or have not yet received my results. Am I eligible?

Answer: Yes. We will allow any IENM in the process of registering with the NMC to take part, even if you have not yet completed your OSCE, as long as you are currently working in the UK.  You must provide evidence of your PIN application and identify your current employer. 

It is your decision whether you wish to undertake this programme and whether you can balance the time commitment required alongside your work and your preparation for your OSCEs and registration. 

Question: I have not yet received my NMC pin. Am I still eligible?

Answer: Yes, please include a screenshot or other evidence of your NMC pin application with your application to the programme.

It is your decision whether you wish to undertake this programme and whether you can balance the time commitment required alongside your work and your preparation for your OSCEs and registration. 

Question: Will this course contribute to CPD hours and if so how many?

Answer: The NMC requirement for CPD for revalidation is:

‘You must have undertaken 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) relevant to your scope of practice in the three year period since your registration was last renewed, or you joined the register. 

Of those 35 hours of CPD, at least 20 must have included participatory learning.’ 

They state – ‘It’s important to remember that we don’t prescribe any particular type of CPD; we leave it up to you to decide what activity is most useful for your development as a professional’ 

To meet the participatory learning requirement, you simply have to undertake activity that involves interaction with one or more other professionals. This can be in a physical environment or a virtual one – you don’t have to be in the same room as the people you undertake the activity with.’ 

Therefore, you can count the hours from this programme as self directed learning towards your CPD requirements. Our interactive webinars involve interaction with other professionals, so you can count the hours attending these webinars as ‘participatory’ hours. You will receive a certificate at the end of the programme.  

Question: Will this course consist of any face to face elements?

Answer: No, this course is entirely online. The majority is e-learning completed at your own pace from our website. There are webinars at the end of each module that we welcome you to attend. These will be recorded for you to watch back at a later date if you are not available at those times.

Question: What does the course content consist of?

Answer: We anticipate the online materials you need to complete will take between 30-40 hours of self-directed study over 8 months.

Each module will be released one at a time and you will have 1 or 2 months to complete the material depending on the module. 

Our e-Learning has end of chapter quizzes but there are no long form essays or projects to complete. 

At the end of each module, there will be an interactive webinar for 1 and a half hours which you are expected to attend. These will be recorded so if you are at work or cannot attend you can catch up later. 

There will be additional optional opportunities for you to reflect or undertake extra activities during the programme if you would like to learn more. 

Question: Am I still able to apply for other programmes with the Florence Nightingale Foundation if I am successful in my application for this programme?

Answer: Yes, you are still welcome to apply for other programmes with the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

As a member of the FNF community, you will get the opportunity to get information on the latest events/webinars and be signposted to current FNF programmes on offer. 

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