We are delighted to announce The Florence Nightingale Foundation has launched a leadership support service, Nightingale Frontline.

The Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) has refocused its work to support the unprecedented leadership challenges faced by nurses and midwives working across all levels of the professions during the COVID-19 crisis. Your employing organisation is to pay £5,000 to contribute to the running costs of the services.

Nursing and midwifery professionals are at the heart of responding to COVID-19 today, tomorrow and in the coming weeks ahead. We recognise this is undoubtedly the most challenging, difficult and pressurised time in generations for teams working in health and social care settings across the UK. Interventions to help maintain a balanced and positive mental health will be very important during this crisis. It will also be important to ensure they can also focus on the future. Nightingale Frontline will support nurses and midwives to continue to lead and support the NHS now and be inspired to lead beyond this crisis. It will complement the Health and Wellbeing Service recently launched by NHS England.

Nightingale Frontline will provide remote, small group sessions offered to:

  • Executive Directors of Nursing
  • Senior Leaders
  • Ward Managers/Team Leaders
  • Student, Newly Registered Nurses/Midwives and Nursing Associates
  • BAME Leaders
  • Staff Nurses/Midwives

The leadership support will be facilitated by our expert FNF Associate Facilitators and our senior nurse and midwife alumni network who are highly experienced and skilled in a method of Action Learning known as Co-consulting. This approach combines the benefits of coaching with peer learning in an environment underpinned by psychological safety.

Sessions are released monthly.

To book your free leadership support session your organisation should make a £5000 contribution towards the running costs. If they have contributed please click on the button below to book a session.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Please follow the link here for a letter to the Chief Nurses/Directors of Nursing/Executive Nurse Directors.

Please follow the link here for invoicing information for NHS Trusts.

Please download a flyer version of the service information on the link here.

Terms and Conditions can be found here.

“Leading others with confidence and courage can also feel lonely and overwhelming. Let’s use the extraordinary place we find ourselves in as a profession to learn, develop and support each other.”

Dr Gemma Stacey

Director of Academy, FNF

“I am delighted to support this Florence Nightingale Foundation initiative funded by NHS Charities Together. Nurses and Midwives are facing the biggest leadership challenge of their lives and this support service will provide them with a precious and safe space for reflection and peer support. We are committed to look after our NHS leaders and we thank this partnership to support our extraordinary professions”

Hilary Garratt CBE

Deputy CNO for England

"Never in a lifetime has visible and authentic nurse leadership been more vital than now, where nurses everyday are facing ethical, moral and practice dilemmas. In order to lead and continue to care for our patients, staff and their families leaders must too have time and a safe space to reflect and share experiences' Effective leadership equals not only happy staff but safe care for our patients."

Emma Wadey

Head of Mental Health Nursing at NHS England & NHS Improvement

"The Florence Nightingale Foundation continues to support nursing and midwifery leaders during this coronavirus pandemic."

Professor Greta Westwood


“I participated in one of the leadership support sessions in the middle of the pandemic and before I joined the session I was feeling quite lost, searching for the kind of structure that I am used to when commencing a new clinical placement. The support session enabled me to voice my worries and concerns about my current situation, and figure out a way forward. During the session I was also able to provide support and feedback for my colleagues which was a learning experience in itself and I was pleased to be able to provide support to others. The model used is adaptable to many settings and groups - in fact I strongly believe that this should be rolled out for all student nurses in the current emergency situation.”

Jessica Sainsbury

RCN Student Committee Chair & South East Region Board Member

"The FNF frontline leadership session provided me with much-needed support at a time uncertainty while being newly qualified. It has been increasingly difficult to access supervision at work, due to social distancing and caseload commitments needing to take priority. The impartial support offered by the Florence Nightingale Foundation has been so beneficial, I feel so much better for having a safe space to reflect on my leadership abilities and consider my strengths and ability to care at such unprecedented time. It was also a brilliant opportunity to connect with people all over the UK in similar roles, seek peer support, gain new ideas and coping strategies. I am incredibly grateful and want to stress it was way beyond the scope of supervision or leadership support I would normally have access to within my role, it was well considered and I feel it will benefit me greatly."

Pippa Chillman

Newly Qualified Registered Mental Health Nurse