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FNF Academy Fellows

Fellowship Overview

In our commitment to providing leadership development opportunities to the many, TeamFNF are pleased to offer a 12-month Fellowship programme to nurses and midwives who are employed at our FNF Academy Member Organisations.

As a brand new membership benefit, Chief Nurses at FNF Academy Member Organisations are able to nominate one FNF Academy Fellow annually (or one per organisation if you are an Integrated Care System/ Health Board Member).

Unlike our leadership programmes and scholarships, we are not restricting eligibility for FNF Academy Fellow nominations based on banding or length of service. We want to close the gap in professional leadership development opportunities across health and social care settings.

We are actively encouraging Chief Nurses to nominate individuals who have not yet embarked upon an opportunity like this previously.

Our 2023/24 FNF Academy Fellows began their programme in October 2024. We will communicate in 2024 when nominations will open for the 2024/25 Fellows programme.

Meet our Academy Fellows

We have over 60 FNF Academy Fellows undertaking the 2023/24 programme. Look out for updates from them throughout the year on our website and on social media. You can read some of their blogs below, just click on the links.

Cerina Howells, nurse in the endoscopy department at Swansea Bay University Health Board.

Chloe Cotter, staff nurse at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. 

Rattan Gill, midwife on the labour ward at University Hospitals of Leicester, East Midlands.

Amanda Jackson, 0-19 Clinical Team Manager working for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

Fellowship Outline

5 September 2023

FNF Academy Members Symposium (Face to Face)  

We know that getting a seat at the table is often a difficult task and are therefore inviting all Fellows to join their Chief Nurse at our annual FNF Academy Members Symposium. This year taking place at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Tuesday 5th September. 

** Travel and any accommodation are not funded.

26 October 2023, 11:00-13:00

Welcome Event (Virtual)

An orientation and welcome session to the FNF Academy Fellowship. Meet members of #TeamFNF who will be supporting you through your Fellowship and connect with your cohort. 

November 2023

Reverse mentoring with your Chief Nurse (Face to Face)

Local senior support and sponsorship is proven to help improve shared decision-making and self-belief. All Chief Nurses will support their Fellows throughout the 12-month fellowship by providing regular reverse mentoring sessions. 

6 December 2023, 11:00-13:00

FNF Academy Fellows Learning Event: Leadership focus (Virtual)

More information to follow.

18 January 2024, 13:00-15:00

FNF Academy Fellows Community of Practice (Virtual)

An opportunity to bring Fellows together as a community of practice and connect with one another, share journeys so far, touch base with #TeamFNF, and make plans for the remainder of the Fellowship.

February 2024

Reverse mentoring with your Chief Nurse (Face to Face)

21 March 2024, 10:00-12:00

FNF Academy Fellows Learning Event: Career development focus (Virtual)

More information to follow.

25 April 2024, 13:00-15:00

FNF Academy Fellows Community of Practice (Virtual)

15 May 2024, 18:30

Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service, Westminster Abbey (Face to Face)

All FNF Academy Fellows are invited to attend the annual Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service at Westminster Abbey, London. 

June 2024

Reverse mentoring with your Chief Nurse (Face to Face)

25 July 2024, 13:00-15:00

FNF Academy Fellows Community of Practice (Virtual)

Additional information

Each Fellow will be expected to author a reflective blog of their Fellowship and document their journey via their preferred social media platform which will enable them to apply their learning to their career development.

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

Eligibility Criteria

To participate in the Fellowship you must: 

  • be a registered nurse or midwife with the NMC.

  • be nominated by your Chief Nurse.

  • be employed at an FNF Academy Member Organisation.

Nomination Process

Nominations for 2023/24 Fellows have now closed. The nomination process will be administered by the Florence Nightingale Foundation. 

Nominations must be made by the Chief Nurse of an FNF Academy Member Organisation. 

Chief Nurses are only able to nominate one Fellow per year, unless they have joined FNF Academy Membership on an Integrated Care System/ Health Board Membership in which case they will be able to nominate one Fellow per organisation although limitations apply – please get in touch with the membership team to confirm.

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