An introduction to 'co-consulting' - psychological safety in teams

The Florence Nightingale Foundation is pleased to partner with NHS England and NHS Improvement to provide a new and unique blended learning programme. The programme will equip leaders within International Nursing Associations (INAs) with the skills to facilitate a method of peer group coaching known as ‘co-consulting’.

This approach promotes a culture of psychological safety and enables leaders within INAs to support their members in exerting their influence and finding their voice. By developing a network of co-consulting champions within INAs, we can ensure facilitators are culturally competent and fully aligned with their members’ experiences of transition and adaptation to working within the UK Health and Social care system.

The programme will be available to a cohort of 27 leaders within International Nursing Associations (INAs). A further six cohorts will be provided over a period of 4 years.

An opportunity to explore the theory, skills, and practice of co-consulting to enable you to apply it with members of your International Nursing Association, your own networks and teams.


  • Explore the concept of psychological safety
  • Consider the theory and evidence underpinning co-consulting as a method of providing psychological safety through psychological containment
  • Describe and demonstrate the rationale for the process of co-consulting
  • Engage in a live co-consulting session to observe and practice the skills associated with facilitation

What does the programme involve?

Six hours of online learning undertaken over six weeks to prepare INA leaders as co-consulting champions who can facilitate and cascade co-consulting within their network. One x three hours of live co-consulting practice (March 2022) in the form of a virtual facilitated session for the champions to learn and practice skills. Programme Dates:

  • Applications open now
  • Applications close 12 noon, 28 Jan 2022
  • Shortlisting 3 Feb 2022
  • Successful applicants notified 8 Feb 2022
  • Online programme access 8 Feb – 15 Mar 2022
  • Live co-consulting sessions throughout Mar 2022

Eligibility criteria

  • A leader/active member within an established International Nursing Association in the UK. This could include roles such as President, Vice-president, Director, Secretary, Co-ordinator, Chairman, Regional representative or a designated active role
  • A maximum of two leaders per INA can apply per cohort
  • Current registrant of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Evidence of support from your line manager/sponsor within your employing organisation who can give you permission to fully engage with the programme

Application process

  1. Applications open now
  2. Applications close 12 noon, 28 Jan 2022
  3. Shortlisting 3 Feb 2022

Information for applying online:

Applications should be submitted electronically via the link below.

You will need to upload:

  • Head shot
  • Evidence of NMC registration
  • Completed nomination form from sponsor

Nominator form for Chief Nurse

Nominator form for Line Manager

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Apply Online