"70 for 70" Leadership Programme

The aim of the programme is to provide 70 London nurses and midwives 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 NHS England and NHS Improvement to provide a large group of nurses and midwives with an opportunity to benefit from senior leadership support.

Greta Westwood

Chief Operating Officer, Florence Nightingale Foundation

NHS 70 Leadership Programme overview

NHS England and NHS Improvement have joined forces with the Florence Nightingale Foundation to offer this career development opportunity to recognise the contribution of nurses and midwives across the 70 years of the NHS.

The programme, fully funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement, will offer 70 London nurses and midwives bespoke leadership development to become Florence Nightingale Foundation Nurses and Midwives to develop as future leaders of healthcare in the capital. The 70 FNF Nurses and Midwives will commence their leadership development programme in winter 2018/19.

We are now closed for applications.

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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.

Programme dates:

Two cohorts of 35 will be supported. We expect applicants to reflect the diversity of London and represent the breadth of organisations in London.

If accepted onto the programme you will be allocated to cohort 1 or 2. The programme will be held in central London. Cohort dates are included below:

All Cohorts

Advert opens: 13th July 2018
Advert closes: 20th August 2018
Shortlist: 24th August 2018
Interviews: 12th & 13th September 2018

Cohort 1

Welcome day: 23rd November 2018
Residential: 12th & 13th December 2018
RADA: 7th, 8th, 14th or 18th January 2019
Final Day: 28th February 2019
Celebration day: 5th July 2019 (all cohorts)

Cohort 2 (extra Cohort)

Welcome day: 31st January 2019
Residential: 21 – 22 February 2019
RADA (1 day): 1, 5, 8 or 12 April  2019
Final Day: 2nd May 2019
Celebration day: 5th July 2019 (all cohorts)

Cohort 3 (previously Cohort 2)

Welcome day: 28th March 2019
Residential: 8th & 9th May 2019
RADA (1 day): 13th 14th, 16th or 20th May 2019
Final Day: 13th June 2019
Celebration day: 5th July 2019 (all cohorts)

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.


  • 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 and Professor Siobhan Gregory from NHSI. At times, the project team will draw on senior colleagues to support successful outcomes of the programme. The programme includes:
  • 1-day welcome day - a briefing day for this cohort and the establishment of individual cohort learning communities
  • 2-day residential with a unique cohort of FNF Nurses and Midwives designed 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. Introduce FNF Nurses and Midwives to co-consulting, a simple process for giving and receiving help
  • 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
  • High profile award ceremony to celebrate the success of the FNF Nurses and Midwives at end of the programme

Eligibility criteria

The programme is for Band 5-6 registered nurses and midwives working in the NHS in London who are looking for leadership development opportunities.

We would expect applicants to reflect the diversity of London and look to encourage representation from across the breadth of organisations in London.

Application process

  1. Apply online – opens 13th July at 12pm
  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