Community Nurse Leadership Programme

A Leadership programme for 66 Community Nurses to develop as leaders

The aim of the programme is to provide 66 Community Nurses an opportunity to benefit from a Leadership programme and senior leadership support to develop as leaders to ultimately improve patient care and health outcomes.  

Health Education England

Community Nurse Leadership Programme overview

Health Education England has partnered with the Florence Nightingale Foundation to offer this leadership development opportunity for Community Nurses.

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 and service users across the UK. This leadership programme is fully funded by Health Education England. it offers 66 Community Nurses (in 3 cohorts) leadership development to become Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) nurses, future leaders of healthcare.

Benefits for you

A leadership programme to prove 66 Community Nurses an opportunity to benefit from a leadership programme and senior leadership support to develop as leaders to ultimately improve patient and health outcomes.

  • Leadership Style

    Clearer identification of personal leadership style
  • Impact

    Greater self-presence and personal impact
  • Impact of self

    Deeper understanding of the impact of self on others
  • Confidence

    Improved confidence in speaking with, and to authority and be heard
  • Change

    Ability to understand and lead improvement
  • Self-reliance

    Renewed self-reliance to tackle real workplace issues
  • Personal Approach to Leadership

    Greater awareness of personal approach to leadership - biases, blind spots, attitude to diversity

Benefits for employer

  • Retention of staff - FNF Nurses remain in healthcare
  • Positive and empowering impact on team working and staff engagement
  • Completion of a Quality Improvement project
  • Enhanced reputation of employing organisation

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What does the programme involve?

This is a 5 module, 6 day programme
  • Module 1: Welcome Day and Introduction to Self (1 day) - a briefing day to establish individual cohort learning communities. An introduction to self and impact of self on others through Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment and exercises.
  • Module 2: "Introduction to Improvement" ( 2 day) - residential programme. Facilitated discussion on current leadership challenges and diversity in the workplace. Introduction to quality improvement to inform and support a improvement project to be completed as an outcome of this programme.
  • Module 3: "Presence & Impact" (1 day) delivered by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) Programme designed to build personal presence.
  • Module 4: "Next Steps" (1 day) to identify next steps in the leadership journey.
  • Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service, Westminster Abbey, London, May 12th 2020 - a unique opportunity for nurses, midwives, health care professionals, family members and guests to celebrate their professions and at the same time give thanks for Florence Nightingale's extraordinary legacy to health care.
  • 1 day - Award ceremony to celebrate the success of the FNF Nurses at end of the programme.

The programme will be held in Central London. Cohort 1 will begin in September 2019. Cohort 2 will begin in October 2019. Cohort 3 will begin in November 2019.


Cohort 1:

Welcome day: 6th September 2019

Residential: 24th and 25th September 2019

RADA: To be allocated one of the following: 14th, 16th or 17th October 2019

Final Day: 5th December 2019


Cohort 2:

Welcome day: 3rd October 2019

Residential: 9th and 10th October 2019

RADA: To be allocated one of the following: 5th, 6th or 7th November 2019

Final Day: 11th December 2019

Celebration Day: 19th March 2020


Cohort 3:

Welcome day: 14th November 2019

Residential: 27th and 28th November 2019

RADA: To be allocated one of the following: 7th, 8th or 9th January 2020

Final Day: 13th February 2020

Celebration Day: 19th March 2020

Eligibility criteria

We will accept applications from Band 6 and 7 Community Nurses who provide NHS funded care to adults and children within their own homes in England. It is relevant for those considering their leadership development and future career pathway.   Do you need to pay? No. This programme is fully funded including refreshments and lunches for all programme days. Hotel accommodation, refreshments, lunch and dinner on the residential programme is also funded. RADA course fees and entry to Westminster Abbey event are also included. It is expected the travel costs to attend the programme will be funded by your employer and without this commitment your application will not be complete and therefore will not be considered for shortlisting.

Application process

Applications are now closed.

You will be expected to demonstrate in your application form and at your interview:

  • Your ambition to be the best nurse you can be
  • Your desire to progress your career as a community nurse
  • Your passion to improve patient and health outcomes
  • Your aspiration to develop as a leader
  • Your line manager support to ensure you are able to attend all programme days and the employer to fund all travel expenses
  1. Applications open from 3rd June 2019
  2. Applications close on 31st July 2019
  3. Shortlisting 5th August 2019

Information for applying online:

Applicants are required to complete the application fully and upload:

  • 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 and with Chief Nurse approval) 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 will not be considered
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Applications without line manager support will not be accepted


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