Leadership Development Opportunities


Since 1929, the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) has inspired, nurtured and supported senior, mid and early career nurses and midwives to develop as leaders and stay in the professions they love. We create leadership opportunities to discover own leadership styles and develop skills to be courageous and confident leaders. We want nurses and midwives to strengthen their voice to improve health and care outcomes and so change policy and practice. We offer FNF Leadership Development Scholarships and we accept commissions to deliver FNF Leadership Development Programmes.


Our Promise, we will:


  • Select the very best talent in nursing and midwifery.
  • Connect and network nurses and midwives to collectively become the positive voice of nursing and midwifery.
  • Shine a light on nurses and midwives and their practice.


FNF Commissioned Leadership Development  Programme:


  • FNF accepts commissions throughout the year with a 6-month lead in time. Our bespoke programmes can be designed to meet the specific needs of the commissioner.
  • Commissioners are usually organisations that employ or support nurses/midwives.
  • Award: ‘Florence Nightingale Foundation Nurse/Midwife’.


Expected Outcomes:


  • Clearer identification of personal leadership style Greater self-presence and personal impact.
  • Deeper understanding of the impact of self on others Improved confidence in speaking up
  • Ability to understand and lead improvement.
  • Renewed self-reliance to tackle real workplace issues.
  • Greater awareness of personal approach to leadership – biases, blind spots, attitude to diversity.


UK Nurses and Midwives: All leadership opportunities are available to all Registered Nurses and Midwives in the UK.

International Nurses and Midwives: We accept commissions to deliver a bespoke leadership programme for a cohort of international nurses/midwives.


4 modules, 5 days over 6 months (an example):


  • 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): a residential programme to learn and practice co-consulting technique, facilitated discussion on current leadership challenges, understand diversity in the workplace, introduction to quality improvement to inform and support an improvement project.
  • Module 3 ‘Presence & Impact’ (1 day): delivered by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) designed to build personal presence and so greater personal impact.
  • Module 4 ‘Next Steps’ (1 day): to identify next steps in the leadership journey.
  • Award ceremony (1 day): to celebrate the success of the nurses and midwives at end of the programme. The nurse/midwife officially becomes a Florence Nightingale Foundation Nurse/Midwife and joins our alumni community.
  • Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service, Westminster Abbey, London: to give thanks for Florence Nightingale’s extraordinary legacy to healthcare.


Improvement project: All programme participants complete an improvement project.


Where will the programme be held?


Several locations, this is flexible to suit cohort and commissioner requirements.


Interested? What Next?


If you would like more information about how to commission a FNF Leadership Development Programme please email [email protected]




Benefits for Employers:


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

Benefits for Sponsors:


  • Contribute to improving clinical and health outcomes and impact patient care
  • Social responsibility to secure the nursing and midwifery leaders of the future
  • Raise the profile of nursing and midwifery
  • Securing Florence Nightingale’s legacy.

'The Windrush Leadership Programme has given me a unique platform to be visible in my area of work. I have become more confident in speaking up and presenting my work to a wider audience. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience so far and meeting new people from all over the country. I have a new network of friendship that has grown from this programme. The programme has already started to have a substantial positive change in both my work and personal life too'

FNF Windrush Alumni