Windrush leadership programme for Nurses and Midwives

Leadership development programme for 70 Nurses and Midwives band 5, 6 and 7 who are either descendants from the Windrush generation or from a BME background working in the NHS in England.

This is a really special opportunity for us to celebrate NHS 70 by offering leadership development for nurses and midwives who are either descendants from the Windrush generation or from a BME background.  Our aim is to create opportunities through a peer-to-peer learning environment to explore and discover personal leadership styles. We focus on facilitated learning that challenges leaders to think about health and care leadership in a less conventional way.

Greta Westwood

Chief Operating Officer, Florence Nightingale Foundation

Windrush Nurses and Midwives leadership programme overview

As part of the NHS 70 celebrations, Health Education England have partnered with the Florence Nightingale Foundation to offer an exciting career development opportunity to recognise the contribution of Windrush nurses and midwives across the 70 years of the NHS.

The programme is fully funded by Health Education England. It offers 70, band 5, 6 and 7 nurses and midwives from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BME) background bespoke leadership development to become Florence Nightingale Foundation Nurses and Midwives and develop as future leaders of healthcare.  The programme is to celebrate those who arrived on HV Empire MS Windrush. Windrush nurses and midwives were, and their descendants remain, major contributors to the NHS workforce and we want to acknowledge their contribution to healthcare. This announcement coincides with both the 70th anniversary of the NHS and the arrival of Windrush in Britain bringing Caribbean nurses and other skilled and unskilled workers to Britain.

We will be pleased to accept applications from nurses and midwives from a BME background working in the NHS across England, who are either descendants of the Windrush generation or who are working in their communities.

We are now closed for applications. 

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.

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Programme dates:

Two cohorts of 35 will be supported. 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:

Both Cohorts

Advert opens: 20th July 2018
Advert closes: 10th September 2018
Shortlist: 18th – 21st September 2018
Interviews: 1st, 2nd and 3rd October 2018

Cohort 1

Welcome day: 8th November 2018 (both cohorts)
Residential: 17th & 18th December 2018
RADA: 21st, 22nd, 24th or 25th January 2019
Final Day: 27th February 2019
Celebration day: 10th July 2019 (both cohorts)

Cohort 2

Welcome day: 8th November 2018 (both cohorts)
Residential: 8th & 9th January 2019
RADA (1 day): 28th, 29th, 31st January or 1st February 2019
Final Day: 12th March 2019
Celebration day: 10th July 2019 (both 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 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

Programme structure includes:
  • 1-day welcome day - a briefing day for both cohorts 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 registered Band 5 – 7 nurses or midwives who are either descendants from the “Windrush generation” or are from a BME background working in the NHS in England.

It is relevant for those considering their future career pathway and leadership development journey.

Application process

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

The application, shortlisting and selection processes will be administered nationally by the Florence Nightingale Foundation with HEE representation at shortlisting and 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 learning sessions/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 application.

  • 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 support will not be accepted