A top nursing charity has appointed an academic to push forward a new programme to develop community nurse leaders.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute has appointed Sharon Aldridge-Bent as a programme manager for its expanding professional work, which supports the strategic priorities of the community nurse charity.
“I am passionate about the delivery of quality healthcare closer to home”
Ms Aldridge-Bent, herself a Queen’s nurse, will be responsible for managing a new leadership development programme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Future Community Leaders programme will be available to experienced Queen’s nurses who have the potential to secure a senior board level position in the next three to five years.
It will support the development of participants in several key areas, said the QNI. These include personal and professional development to become a senior leader, systems leadership to promote high quality care, and organisational development and support.
Ms Aldridge-Bent has a clinical background in district nursing and specialist nursing, including Macmillan nursing.
For the last 12 years, she has been as a senior lecturer in Buckinghamshire New University teaching Community Health Care Nursing and the Specialist Practitioner Qualification for District Nurses.
She became a Queen’s nurse in 2014 and was one of the authors of the QNI’s Transition to Community Nursing online resource. She has also contributed to publications on community nursing.
Queen’s nurse to drive community leader programme
She said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to take up a new challenge at the Queen’s Nursing Institute and help develop the community nurse leaders of the future.
“I am passionate about the delivery of quality healthcare closer to home and in particular the role that community nurses can play in influencing and leading care across the primary care and community setting,” she said.
QNI chief executive Dr Crystal Oldman added: “I am delighted to welcome Sharon to the QNI. We are committed to a future where nurse leaders have the knowledge, skills, confidence and experience to inspire, lead and manage services and systems.
“The QNI, under Sharon’s direction, will develop the leadership potential of selected cohorts of Queen’s Nurses over the next three years and we anticipate that many of these Queen’s nurses will become future leaders,” she said.