Army Nurse Leadership Programme

The aim of the programme is to provide army nurses with an opportunity to benefit from a leadership programme and senior leadership support to develop as leaders, to improve patient and health outcomes.

We are extremely excited to join forces with QARANC Association to provide army nurses an opportunity to benefit from senior leadership support.

Greta Westwood

Chief Operating Officer, Florence Nightingale Foundation

Army Nurse Leadership Programme overview

QARANC Association have joined forces with the Florence Nightingale Foundation to offer this career development opportunity to army nurses. The programme, fully funded will offer army nurses bespoke leadership development to develop as future leaders of healthcare in the capital. Who is it for? The Florence Nightingale Foundation/ Army Nurse Emerging Leader Scholarship is for registered SNCO nurses and OF1-3 Nursing Officers. The aim of the scholarship is to enhance patient care by investing in nurses to pioneer changes and improvements in patient health through clinical leadership, professional learning networks, opportunities, personal presence and impact development and a military patient improvement project.

Since 1929, the Florence Nightingale Foundation has been committed to advancing the study of nursing and midwifery practice, promoting excellence and preparing nurses and midwives to follow in the footsteps of its namesake, to provide the best possible care to patients across the UK. All costs are funded for you including refreshments and lunches for the cohort days, overnight accommodation, refreshments and dinner for the residential programme, course fees for RADA and entry to Westminster Abbey.

Applications are now closed.

Key dates:

  • 8th August 2019 – Applications open
  • 2nd October 2019 – Applications close
  • 2nd October 2019  – Shortlisting
  • 18th October – Interviews, if deployed arrangement will be made for Skype interviews.
  • December 2019 – Programme start

Programme dates:


Personal Profile Feedback Session: 6th and 13th December

Residential module:  17th and 18th December 2019

2- Day RADA: 20th and 21st January 2020

Westminster Abbey Commemoration Service: 12th May 2020

Celebration Day: TBC


Benefits for you

Be part of a ‘life-changing’ experience

Scholars report the “life changing” scholarship experience and its professional and personal impact. Scholars report feeling more confident to speak out and influence improvements in patient care and health outcomes. One RAF nurse (Help for Heroes funded Scholar) is recently undertaken and another is now undertaking an Emerging Leaders’ Scholarship and one Army Nurse has just finished the Senior Leaders Scholarship; all report excellent experience of tuition, investment and support from the FNF.

  • Greater understanding of personal leadership style

  • Improved sense of equal treatment by peers and managers

  • Improved satisfaction in working experience

  • Improved satisfaction with career progression opportunities

  • Increased self-presence and personal impact

  • Increased understanding on the impact of self on others

  • Increased confidence in speaking authoritatively

  • Greater self-awareness, political and emotional intelligence

  • Greater confidence to influence policy and practice

  • Impact positively on personal development

  • Lead with greater presence

  • Improved patient and health outcomes

Benefits for employer

  • Retention of staff – FNF Nurses and Midwives remain in healthcare enabling staff retention
  • Positive and empowering impact on team working and staff engagement
  • Improvement in patient and health outcomes
  • Enhanced reputation of employing organisation

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Programme structure

The programme will be led by Greta Westwood from the Florence Nightingale Foundation. At times, the project team will draw on senior colleagues to support successful outcomes of the programme. The programme includes:

Eligibility criteria

All applicants should be:

a. Members of the QARANC Association.
b. Free from academic study funded by the Post Registration Selection Board.
c. Regular Army SNCOs or OF1-3s working in a clinical environment or clinical staff appointment.
d. Assigned to a clinical delivery or clinical management PID and able to implement a clinical quality improvement project.
e. Ambitious both personally and professionally to improve patient care.
f. Have at least 3 years to serve on current engagement at conclusion of scholarship programme.

All applicants should have:

a) Completed a sS formal leadership course (CLM/RMAS/or front line NHS  Leadership course). b) An EED date greater than 1 Jan 2023.

All applicants will require:

a. CoC and CM approval for the duration of the scholarship.
b. T&S support for the duration of the scholarship.

Application process

  1. Apply online – are now open
  2. Successful applications are selected for a panel based interview

Information for applying online:

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 to enable you to attend all sessions/learning 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 NMC registration documentation
  • An electronic photo of yourself (head and shoulders in high resolution)
  • A completed nominator referral form (completed by your line manager) with authorisation to join the programme.
  • Completed terms and conditions

Please note before applying:

  • 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 level support will not be accepted