Leadership Scholarship 2020

The Florence Nightingale Foundation has an enviable and well-deserved reputation across the UK for its bespoke leadership scholarship programmes. Our programmes are designed to build competence and confidence in our scholars that will enable them to contribute to policy and practice at local and national level thus improving patient care and health outcomes.

The Foundation is outstanding at developing innovative curriculum for nurses such as in the leadership scholarship. The inspiring curriculum pushes people, grows skills and it is at the edge of contemporary leadership education.

Eamonn Sullivan

Chief Nurse at Royal Marsden Hospital

Leadership Scholarship – Open overview

Our leadership development programmes create opportunities for scholars to explore and discover their own leadership style and develop the essential skills to be a courageous and confident leader. Nurses and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are eligible to apply for our fully funded scholarships. However we also welcome applicants outside the UK with an independent funding source.  For more information on our leadership scholarships please view our brochure FNF Leadership Development Opportunities Brochure

We focus on facilitated and experiential learning that challenges leaders to think differently about their personal. All leadership scholars are required to complete an improvement project and are required to publish and present this at the end of their scholarship year. The maximum funding available for each scholar is £10,000 to fund both the core and bespoke programmes. We offer three types of leadership scholarship programmes:

 

Senior Leaders

Digital Nurse/Midwife Leadership Scholarship

The Florence Nightingale Foundation is pleased to announce the Digital Nurse/Midwife Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is available to nurses and midwives who want to lead in the digital transformation within NHS in Wales. The Welsh Government’s 10 year health and social services strategy, ‘A Healthier Wales’, sets an ambitious vision for the future and is dependent on digital technologies and improved use of data to respond to growing demand and provide the best, most efficient care for patients. Digital technologies and data are enablers for professionalism, support for practice, research, education and leadership. The nursing and midwifery professions must now actively take forward digital transformation, allowing patients, nurses and midwives to benefit from the latest digital systems and technology.

The FNF is now beginning to develop digital nurse and midwifery leaders who can drive the information and technology transformation of the NHS, a key aim to ensure they become the pipeline of senior nurse information officers in the NHS. This scholarship is sponsored by National Wales Information Service body – funded by Welsh Government. The scholarship improvement project must be aligned to ‘A Healthier Wales’. (Applications close 10th January, 1700hrs).

 

Hospice UK Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is available to nurses working in hospice.

Aspiring Director of Nursing/Midwifery

 

Digital Nurse/Midwife Leadership Scholarship

The Florence Nightingale Foundation is pleased to announce the Digital Nurse/Midwife Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is available to nurses and midwives who want to lead in the digital transformation within NHS in Wales. The Welsh Government’s 10 year health and social services strategy, ‘A Healthier Wales’, sets an ambitious vision for the future and is dependent on digital technologies and improved use of data to respond to growing demand and provide the best, most efficient care for patients. Digital technologies and data are enablers for professionalism, support for practice, research, education and leadership. The nursing and midwifery professions must now actively take forward digital transformation, allowing patients, nurses and midwives to benefit from the latest digital systems and technology.

The FNF is now beginning to develop digital nurse and midwifery leaders who can drive the information and technology transformation of the NHS, a key aim to ensure they become the pipeline of senior nurse information officers in the NHS. This scholarship is sponsored by National Wales Information Service body – funded by Welsh Government. The scholarship improvement project must be aligned to ‘A Healthier Wales’. (Applications close 10th January, 1700hrs).

 

Hospice UK Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is available to nurses working in hospice.

Emerging Leaders

 

Digital Nurse/Midwife Leadership Scholarship

The Florence Nightingale Foundation is pleased to announce the Digital Nurse/Midwife Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is available to nurses and midwives who want to lead in the digital transformation within NHS in Wales. The Welsh Government’s 10 year health and social services strategy, ‘A Healthier Wales’, sets an ambitious vision for the future and is dependent on digital technologies and improved use of data to respond to growing demand and provide the best, most efficient care for patients. Digital technologies and data are enablers for professionalism, support for practice, research, education and leadership. The nursing and midwifery professions must now actively take forward digital transformation, allowing patients, nurses and midwives to benefit from the latest digital systems and technology.

The FNF is now beginning to develop digital nurse and midwifery leaders who can drive the information and technology transformation of the NHS, a key aim to ensure they become the pipeline of senior nurse information officers in the NHS. This scholarship is sponsored by National Wales Information Service body – funded by Welsh Government. The scholarship improvement project must be aligned to ‘A Healthier Wales’. (Applications close 10th January, 1700hrs).

 

Hospice UK Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is available to nurses working in hospice.

Benefits for you

Be part of a 'life-changing' experience

Scholars report the “life changing” experience and the profound professional and personal impact. Scholars report feeling more confident to speak out and influence policy and practice improvements at local and national levels thus improving patient care and health outcomes.


  • Career development

    Approximately 80% of our of scholars are promoted into more senior roles within 2 years of the scholarship.
  • Impact policy and practice

    Scholars report the positive impact they have on leading teams and improving patient care and health outcomes. In a recent survey, 82.5% of leadership scholars identified that they made an impact to health and social care policy and practice.
  • Support from the Foundation

    The Foundation are on-hand to support you throughout the scholarship process. You will also have an experienced mentor and have access to your fellow scholars for support.
  • Network with like-minded nurses and midwives

    Scholars are now part of a growing Alumni network (over 600) providing on-going support and in some cases, friends for life.
  • New knowledge through evidence-based approaches

    Like Florence, scholars will work on evidence-based approaches and use and share their new knowledge to impact patients and lead changes in policy and practice. Like Florence, scholars will generate new knowledge and use this to impact on improved patient care and health outcomes.

Benefits for employer

  • Improvement in patient and health outcomes
  • Retention of staff – scholars stay in healthcare
  • Positive impact on the team and beneficial for staff engagement
  • Recognition of employers commitment to leadership development and succession planning


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Programme structure

The core scholarship programme for all leadership scholar levels includes:
  • Individual assessment of leadership strengths and areas for development. This will be undertaken very shortly after a scholarship has been awarded. This will be followed by 2-hour personal feedback session.
  • An experienced mentor is allocated to each scholar for the duration of the scholarship. Our mentors are from central government, the corporate sector, NHS and other care organisations. The mentor will work with the scholar in advising the selection of development programmes.
  • Welcome day – a briefing day for all FNF leadership, travel and research scholars. We will; 1) Establish individual cohort learning communities, 2) Define the core elements and expectations of the scholarship, 3) Introduce personal leadership opportunities
  • 3-day residential with unique cohort of peer scholars designed to: 1) Facilitate scholars to build a learning community and a robust network of peer support throughout their scholarship and beyond, 2) Facilitate discussions on current leadership challenges and opportunities and other contemporary topics, 3) Introduce scholars to co-consulting, a simple process for giving and receiving help, 4) Introduce scholars to digital leadership concepts
  • 2-day or 3-day (depending on leadership level) “Personal Presence & Impact” Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) Programme
  • 1-day mid programme - cohort follow up with discussion of contemporary topics with invited speakers
  • Access to leadership development opportunities to suit individual development needs including options to travel overseas for example: 1) Windsor Leadership 2) Kings Fund 3) Ashridge 4) Harvard 5) Roffey Park 6) Cranfield 7) Leadership Trust
  • 'Lifting the Lid on the Westminster Village': People, whether working in the public, third or private sector, may have little first-hand experience of how Government actually works. The day programme is designed to help scholars understand this. The day includes a visit to the Houses of Parliament. (Not scholars from Southern Ireland)
  • Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service, Westminster Abbey, London - 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
  • Nightingale2020 Conference - 27th and 28th October 2020 Excel London
  • High profile award ceremony to celebrate the success of our scholars at end of their scholarship year

Key Dates:

Applications for Hospice UK Scholarship closes 10th January 2020, 1700hrs.

Shortlisting will take place w/b 13th January 2020.

Interviews will take place 22nd January 2020. 

Successful applicants will begin their scholarship year in April 2020.

Applications for Welsh Digital Scholarship closes 10th January 2020, 1700hrs.

Shortlisting will take place w/b 13th January 2020.

Interviews will take place 21st February 2020. 

Successful applicants will begin their scholarship year in April 2020.

 

Emerging Leaders:

Welcome day: 2nd April 2020

Welcome dinner: 20th April 2020

Digital Leadership: 21st April 2020

Residential: 22nd and 23rd April 2020

RADA: 27th and 28th April 2020

Westminster: 29th April 2020

Mid Programme; Nightingale2020 Conference: 27th and 28th October 2020

Celebration day: TBC September 2021

The core programme for Digital Nurse/Midwife Leadership Scholars also includes a bespoke 3-day digital leadership residential programme in May 2020 as part of the CNO Sponsored Scholarship. All other Leaderships Scholars may undertake this as an optional extra.

 

Aspiring Nurse Directors:

Welcome day: 2nd April  2020

Welcome dinner: 21st April 2020

Digital Leadership: 22nd April 2020

Residential: 29th and 30th April 2020

RADA: 5th-7th May 2020

Westminster: 28th May 2020

Mid Programme; Nightingale2020 Conference: 27th and 28th October 2020

Celebration day: TBC September 2021

The core programme for Digital Nurse/Midwife Leadership Scholars also includes a bespoke 3-day digital leadership residential programme in May 2020 as part of the CNO Sponsored Scholarship. All other Leaderships Scholars may undertake this as an optional extra.

 

Senior Leaders:

Welcome day: 2nd April 2020

Welcome dinner: 21st April 2020

Digital Leadership: 22nd April 2020

Residential: 4th and 5th May 2020

RADA: 13th-15th May 2020

Westminster: 12th May 2020

Mid Programme; Nightingale2020 Conference: 27th and 28th October 2020

Celebration day: TBC September 2021

The core programme for Digital Nurse/Midwife Leadership Scholars also includes a bespoke 3-day digital leadership residential programme in May 2020 as part of the CNO Sponsored Scholarship. All other Leaderships Scholars may undertake this as an optional extra.

Eligibility criteria

Our scholarships are open to nurses and midwives who are seeking to advance their personal development as credible leaders. Nurses and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are eligible to apply for our fully funded scholarships. However we welcome applicants outside the UK with an independent funding source.

Emerging Leader:

  • Registered Nurse or Midwife
  • Band 7 or 8 or equivalent
  • Chief Executive or Director of Nursing level of support letter confirming time available to complete scholarship activities
  • Confirmation of 10% employer contribution (£1,000)

Aspiring Nurse/Midwife Director:

  • Registered Nurse or Midwife
  • Band 8 and above or equivalent
  • Chief Executive or Director of Nursing level of support letter confirming time available to complete scholarship activities
  • Confirmation of 10% employer contribution (£1,000)

Senior Leader:

  • Registered Nurse or Midwife
  • Executive level role or very senior manager
  • Chief Executive level of support letter confirming time available to complete scholarship activities
  • Confirmation of 10% employer contribution (£1,000)

Application process

Nominator form for Chief Nurse

Nominator form for Line Manager

 

 

  1. Apply online
  2. Successful applications are selected for a panel based interview

Information for applying online:

Upon application, you are required to upload the following information:

  • Personal, employment and education information
  • A copy of your NMC registration documentation
  • Chief Executive or Director of Nursing level of support letter confirming time available to complete scholarship activities and confirmation of 10% employer contribution (£1,000)
  • Details of your employer and finance department for authorisation for scholar to join the programme.
  • Signed terms and conditions

Please note the following:

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Applications without confirmation of 10% contribution will not be accepted
  • Applications without Chief Executive or Director of Nursing support will not be accepted



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