Learning Disability Nurse Leadership Programme

A scholarship to improve the career of nurses who care for people with learning disabilities.

It is imperative that learning disability nurses are supported to stay in the profession. This programme is designed to support workforce retention and career longevity by individual leadership development.

Professor Greta Westwood

Leadership Programme for Learning Disability Nurses overview


Health Education England has joined forces with the Florence Nightingale Foundation to offer this career development opportunity to recognise the contribution of Learning Disability 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 across the UK. This leadership programme is fully funded by Health Education England. It offers 40 Learning Disability Nurses bespoke leadership development to become Florence Nightingale Nurses and develop as future leaders of healthcare. we will accept applications from nurses working int he field of Learning Disability in the NHS or NHS commissioned services across England.

Benefits for you

Expected Outcomes

An opportunity to benefit from a leadership programme and senior leadership support to develop as leaders, to improve patient and health outcomes for 40 Learning Disability Nurses. All module costs are funded for participants including catering for all programme events, overnight accommodation for the residential programme, course fees for RADA and entry to Westminster Abbey service.

  • Leadership style

    Clear identification of personal leadership style
  • Impact

    Greater self-presence and personal impact as well as understanding the impact of self on others
  • Confidence

    Increase confidence and ability to speak up and be hear plus confidence in speaking with and to authority
  • Career progression

    Clear career progression opportunities
  • Change

    Understand and lead change
  • Resilience

    Improved personal resilience, influence and capabilities to deal with the challenges and demands of a mid-career leadership role
  • Lead Practice

    Improved personal impact to help drive progress to build and lead practice that is inclusive, patient-centred and delivers compassionate care
  • Personal approach to leadership

    Critically aware of personal approach to leadership - biases, blind spots, attitude to diversity - and how to continue to develop own leadership after the programme
  • Workplace continuous improvement

    Confidence to tackle real workplace issues, reflecting what is needed in the clinical setting to promote safe, high-performing and a practice area that is continuously improving
  • Clinical settings

    Improved skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to succeed and operate successfully in clinical settings
  • Positive change in practice setting

    Demonstrate a positive change made within the practice setting to provide better services/ increase patient outcomes and experiences/ improve staff engagement and morale - introduction to quality improvement

Benefits for employer

  • Retention of Learning Disability Nurses - FNF nurses remain in healthcare
  • 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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Key Dates

The modules will be held in central London.
  • Welcome Day - 8th March 2019
  • Residential - 12th & 13th March 2019
  • RADA - 19th, 20th, 21st or 22nd March 2019 (1 day only)
  • Final Day - 29th March 2019
  • Westminster Abbey - 15th May 2019
  • Celebration Day - To Be Confirmed

What does the programme involve?

  • 1-day welcome day – a briefing day to establish individual cohort learning communities and introduction to self and impact of self on others through Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment and exercises.
  • 2-day residential to build a learning community and a robust network of peer support throughout the programme and beyond. Facilitated discussion on current leadership challenges and opportunities and other contemporary topics Introduction to self as a systems leader.
  • 1-day “Presence & Impact” Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) Programme
  • 1-day final day to identify next steps in the leadership journey
  • Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service, Westminster Abbey, London, May 15th 2019 – 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 healthcare
  • 1 day – award ceremony to celebrate the success of the FNF Nurses at end of the programme.

Eligibility criteria

Band 5 – 6 Learning Disability nurses working in the NHS or NHS commissioned services. It is relevant for those considering their future career pathway and leadership development journey.

Application process

Applications are now closed.

 via a simple online application form below. We expect applicants to reflect the diversity and represent the breadth of organisations in England.

  1. Apply completing Application form, Nomination Form plus upload of NMC details and recent photo by 1st February
  2. Shortlisting
  3. Interviews to be held on 18th February
  4. Notification of Results - 22nd February

Information for applying online:

You will be expected to demonstrate:

  • 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 learning sessions/opportunities as part of this programme