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Windrush Leadership Programme – Wales, Scotland, NI


The Florence Nightingale Foundation, with the support of The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), are pleased to offer this programme to all nurses and midwives from a global majority background in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, who are working within the NHS, and independent providers who are contracted to provide NHS services. 

We are committed to providing equity of access to leadership opportunities for nurses and midwives from the global majority. We want to close the gap in career opportunities across health and social care settings.

The aims and objectives of the programme are to enable:

  • Clearer identification of personal leadership style
  • Greater self-presence and personal impact
  • Deeper understanding of the impact of self on others
  • Improved confidence in speaking up
  • Ability to understand and lead improvement
  • Renewed self-reliance to tackle real workplace issues
  • Greater awareness of personal approach to leadership – biases, blind spots, attitude to diversity
  • Career promotion
  • Ability to lead with greater presence
  • Improved patient and health outcomes

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

The leadership course was a complete package and truly transformational. I have taken that huge step to move out of the comfort zone, I dare say I am in the fear zone and it can be quite crippling as I take up a new role but with it also comes the excitement to learn new things, embrace more challenges and make impact.

Funke Adewoye works as a Practice Educator Nurse and completed the FNF Windrush leadership programme 2022/2023. Read her full ‘Star Alumni’ blog here.


Programme Outline

Day 1

Welcome Day and Personality Preferences and Performance in Teams (Virtual)  

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.

Day 2

Principles and Practice of Quality Improvement (Virtual)

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

Day 3

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

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

** Travel and any accommodation are not funded.

Day 4 and Day 5

Building Your Authority and Impact: The King’s Fund (Virtual)

Development of leadership attributes which enable influence from ward to board. Specific consideration will be given to exploring the INA leader’s sphere of authority in relation to systems leadership and leading upwards.

Day 6

Next Steps Day: The King’s Fund  (Virtual)

Participants are introduced to the co-consulting coaching method, reflect on their leadership journey so far and discuss next steps in their career pathway.

Day 7

Celebration Event (Face to Face)

An opportunity to network showcase and celebrate the impact of INMA leaders to raise the profile of this significant career pathway.

** Travel and any accommodation are not funded.

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 dates

23 October 2023

Applications open

7 January 2024

Applications close

4 June 2024

Welcome day and MBTI



6 June 2024

Quality Improvement



1/2 July 2024

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


(Face to Face -London) 

**You will only be required to attend for one day.** 

TBC September 2024

Building your authority and impact (two days)



1 October 2024

Action Learning Sets (1hr)  

  • Group one 09.30-10.30
  • Group two 13.30-14.30

2 October 2024

Action Learning Sets (1hr)  

  • Group three 09.30-10.30
  • Group four 13.30-14.30 

2 October 2024

Quality Improvement Project Poster hand-in

TBC November 2024

Next Steps Day, The King’s Fund


January 2025

Celebration day

11.00- 1700  

(Face to face – London venue)

Eligibility Criteria

To participate in the programme you must: 

  • be a registered nurse or midwife with the NMC.

  • come from a Global Majority background.

  • be practising in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

  • be a minimum of two years post qualification.

Application Process

The application, shortlisting and selection processes will be administered nationally by the Florence Nightingale Foundation. Click on the ‘Apply here’ button to the right.

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 or 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 sponsor form (completed by your line manager or 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
  • Programme places are fully funded however any associated travel or accommodation must be covered by your employing organisation. Signing of the senior sponsor form is acknowledgement of this statement.

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


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.

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