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Commissioned Internationally Educated Nurses and Midwives Online Leadership Programme  


IENMs (Internationally Educated Nurses and Midwives) are a source of enormous talent and expertise for our health and care services. Supporting and developing their leadership potential offers significant benefits for services and patient outcomes.

Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF), with the charitable support of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, and in collaboration with IENM leaders and subject matter experts, have created an interactive online leadership programme specifically tailored to the requirements of IENMs. 1000 IENMs are already undertaking this programme, with excellent feedback to date.

We are pleased to offer further places for organisations to commission on a fresh cohort of this leadership development programme, commencing in February 2023.

Participants will undertake 5 online modules, amounting to between 30 and 40 hours of self-directed learning, each followed by an interactive webinar with FNF facilitators, subject matter experts and IENM leaders. The programme will conclude with a FNF facilitated virtual celebration day where participants are brought together to celebrate their achievements and reflect on their next steps in leadership.


The cost per participant is: £195

The cost of funding 20 participants is: £3900

The cost of funding 50 participants to undertake the programme is: £9,750

We are accepting group bookings only at this time.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Director of FNF Global, Stuart Tuckwood.

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  


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

Programme Dates

20 February 2023

First module opens

Personality Preferences and Performance in Teams 

March 2023

Principles and Practice of Quality Improvement 

April 2023

Leading with Presence & Impact

May 2023

Using your Authority and Influencing Change

June 2023

An Introduction to Co-consulting

End of June 2023

Programme closes

July 2023

Celebration Event (Virtual)

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 participants must: 

  • Have gained their 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]

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
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 
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
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

Virtual celebration event to conclude the programme.

Programme Details