Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy



Our vision is to establish an independent ‘go to’ service for leadership development opportunities, identifying and exploiting evidence, and the provision of expert, well-informed opinion and advice on issues that impact on patient care and experience.



“The Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy is providing leadership development to nurses and midwives working at all levels and within a diverse range of clinical settings. Our vibrant alumni community represent an inclusive and expert group whose experience and knowledge feeds directly into our policy work and generation of evidence. With input from our Clinical Professors, the Academy offers an avenue for independent thought leadership and high quality educational provision that is agile and responsive to workforce needs.”

Dr Gemma Stacey

The Pillars of our Work

  • Pillar 1: Develop Leaders

The Florence Nightingale Foundation has a strong national reputation for delivering bespoke leadership scholarships and, since 2018, leadership development programmes. We focus on facilitated learning that challenges leaders to think differently about health and care leadership and develop confidence and skills in less traditional ways. We provide education for existing and future generations of leaders to develop the confidence, knowledge and leadership skills required to act as change agents, influence health policy agendas and improve patient care.

  • Pillar 2 : Utilise Evidence

The network of Florence Nightingale Foundation Clinical Professors of Nursing/Midwifery was established in 2018. Each Clinical Professor has strong academic roots within a named university but also clinical links to a NHS organisation or Health Board. The research programmes of our current FNF Professoriate are aligned to the following areas of clinical nursing policy and practice:

  • The Management of Pain
  • The Management of Long Term Conditions
  • The Management of End of Life Care
  • The Management of Mental Health Challenges

The FNF Academy offers research scholarships which maximises the potential benefit to patient and health care outcomes. Research scholarships (Research Internships) are awarded to individual nurses and midwives to work alongside a FNF Clinical Professor during their scholarship year to undertake a study aligned to one of the above research topics.

As part of the integrated Academy approach, the FNF Clinical Professors actively contribute to leadership programmes, support data collection and evidence collation.  They provide expertise in policy forums and identify research priority issues to inform the research funding agendas of the NIHR and other major grant giving bodies.   Importantly they input to future strategies around clinical academic capacity building and the embedding of an evidence based culture in NHS and other health care provider organisations.

  • Pillar 3: Influence Policy

The independent policy unit within the FNF Academy provides a focus for strengthening and mobilising the nursing and midwifery contribution to national, regional and local health policy agendas and decisions related to care delivery and patient experience. It achieves this by harnessing the intelligence and expertise of the nursing and midwifery FNF alumni network to provide a strong and well informed voice. The key objectives of the policy unity are to:

  • Function in a collaborative way to provide expert nursing and midwifery advice and opinion on contemporary issues which affect patient experience, health outcomes and quality of care
  • Bring together the best equipped thought leaders with appropriate expertise from within the professions and beyond to inform and provide independent advice on specific areas of policy concern
  • Shape and develop responses which can inform and advise on potential solutions to policy issues involving nursing and midwifery care delivery
  • Act as the ‘go to’ organisation for the professions by continuing to develop a range of services and frameworks. These will focus on enhancing policy awareness and political acumen and mobilising the policy voice and influence of nursing and midwifery professionals