Nursing Associate Leadership Programme

A Leadership programme for 70 Nursing Associates to develop as leaders

The aim of the programme is to provide 70 Nursing Associates an opportunity to benefit from a leadership programme and senior leadership support to develop as leaders to ultimately improve patient and health outcomes.

Health Education England

Nursing Associate Leadership Programme overview

Health Education England has partnered with the Florence Nightingale Foundation to offer this leadership development opportunity for Registered Nursing Associates.

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 70 Registered Nursing Associates (in 2 cohorts) leadership development to become Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) Nursing Associates, future leaders of healthcare.

Benefits for you

  • 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
  • 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
  • Change

    Lead with greater presence

Benefits for employer

  • Retention of Nursing Associates
  • Positive and empowering impact on team working and staff engagement
  • Succession planning with increased numbers of leaders in the pipeline
  • Improvement in patient and health outcomes
  • 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 an improvement project to be completed as an outcome of this programme.
  • Module 3: “Presence & Impact” (1 day) delivered by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (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, and nursing associates 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 Nursing Associates at end of the programme.

The programme will be held in Central London.

Cohort 1

Welcome day – 28th October 2019

Residential: 11th and 12th November 2019

RADA: To be allocated one of the following: 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th December 2019

Final day: 16th January 2020

Celebration day: 30th March 2020


Cohort 2

Welcome day – 8th November 2019

Residential: 14th and 15th November 2019

RADA: To be allocated one of the following: 9th, 10th 11th or 12th December 2019

Final day: 23rd January 2020

Celebration day: 30th March 2020


Eligibility criteria

We will accept applications from Registered Nursing Associates working in England.

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:

  • Your desire to progress your career as a Registered Nursing Associate
  • 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
  1. Applications open from 28th June 2019
  2. Applications close on 29th July 2019
  3. Interviews: 9th and 16th September 2019
  4. Outcome: 23rd September 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
  • Applications forms must be completed in one go and cannot be saved.
  • Documents left open for longer than 8 hours will not save.
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