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 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

Available to senior nurses or midwives at Executive Board level or very senior manager level. These scholarships are sponsored by:

 

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland) for nurses and midwives working in the NHS in Northern Ireland.

 

Health Education England, for nurses and midwives working in the NHS or social care in England.

 

      

The National Clinical Leadership Centre for Nursing and Midwifery (NCLC) Office for the Nursing and Midwifery Services (ONMSD), for nurses and midwives working in Southern Ireland.

 

 

 

Aspiring Director of Nursing/Midwifery

Available to nurses and midwives with the potential to secure a Board level position within the next two to three years. These scholarships are sponsored by:

 

Health Education England, for nurses and midwives working in the NHS or social care in the England.

 

Welsh Goverment funded scholarship available to nurses/midwifes working within the Welsh NHS.

Emerging Leaders

Available to Band 7 or 8 (or equivalent) nurses or midwives in a leadership role. Sponsored by: These scholarships are sponsored by:

 

Health Education England, for nurses and midwives working in the NHS or social care in England.

 

The Bupa Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is available for nurses working within Bupa in the UK.

 

The Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is available to nurses working in The Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. This is a 12-month Emerging Leaders Leadership Scholarship, for Band 7/8 development. (Please apply via the link below).

Please note: For the 6-Day Army Nurse Leadership Programme, for Band 5/6 development, apply via:  https://florence-nightingale-foundation.org.uk/army-nurse-leadership-programme/ 

 

Royal Air Force Nurse Leadership Scholarship

These 4 scholarships are available to nurses working in The Royal Air Force at OR6 (Sergeant) – OF3 (Squadron Leader).

 

The Burdett Trust for Nursing Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is available to all nurses working within the UK.

 

The General Nursing Council Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is available for nurses from a Black and Ethnic minority (BME) background.

 

The Guild of Nurses Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is available to nurses and midwives working in England and is funded by The Company of Nurses Charitable Trust, The Ann Campbell RBNA Memorial Fund.

 

   

The Anna Carey Community Nurse Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is for community nurses working across Hertfordshire.  It is co-funded by the Florence Nightingale Foundation and the University of Hertfordshire.

Anna was a community nursing sister, she trained at The Lister Hospital in Stevenage and graduated from the University of Hertfordshire as a Community Nurse. She was a dedicated nurse and adored her work but sadly died of cancer aged 31.

This scholarship is supported by Anna’s parents, Megs and Bob Wilson who founded Special Days charity, Willow as a lasting memorial to their daughter. Anna’s love of life and the enriching experiences of her own ‘special days’ were the charity’s inspiration. Willow is the only national charity fulfilling uplifting and unforgettable Special Days for seriously ill young adults.

Anna’s Dad, former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter says “Anna loved her job and returned to it following her initial diagnosis and surgery. Creating this scholarship, recognising the hard work and dedication of other community nurses, is the ideal way to honour her memory”.

The successful applicant will begin the scholarship year in April 2020, Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial year.

This scholarship is available to all community nurses (adult, learning disability, mental health, children, young people) working at Band 7 or above/equivalent, who provide care to adults and children within their own homes in Hertfordshire.

 

The Michael Clift Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is to improve the care of vulnerable children and young people with mental health needs in hospital.

 

The Teenage Cancer Trust Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is available to nurses working with teenagers and young adults with cancer.

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:

Advert opens 8th August 2019 and closes 30 September 2019.

Shortlisting will take place in October.

Interviews will take place between November and December 2019. 

Successful applicants will begin their scholarship year in April 2020.

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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