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Half of nurses report promotion after completing NHS leadership course

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Over half of the nurses and midwives who participated in a tailored NHS leadership programme have gone on to be promoted, survey findings suggest.

It indicated that 51% of nurses who took part in the Frontline Nursing and Midwifery programme, run by the NHS Leadership Academy, have been promoted into senior leadership roles.

“Good leadership is at the core of high quality care”

Sam Peate

Of these, 43% had moved up by one Agenda for Change band or equivalent, and 7% had moved up by two or more pay bands.

In contrast, 49% of participants stated that they were in the “same role” as prior to taking the course. But some said the programme had “renewed their passion for what they did, right where they did it now in the same role”, said a report on the survey (see attached document below).

The leadership programme was launched in 2014 and has so far been completed by more than 5,000 nurses and midwives, said the academy.

It added that the six-month programme had recruited participants from a range of backgrounds, including ward sisters, specialist practitioners and matrons from across the healthcare system.

To gauge the impact of the programme, the academy surveyed some former participants in partnership with the chief nursing officer for England Professor Jane Cummings.

“It is only right we support nurses develop the skills and confidence to take on new and more senior roles”

Jane Cummings

More than 1,000 people responded to the survey. The academy said participants reported feeling more confident and re-engaged in the purpose of their organisation.

Many also expressed that they feel empowered to challenge the status quo to make significant improvements in patient care, it said.

Asked what key developments they got from the programme that had influenced their practice, 26% of respondents said increased confidence, 24% said development of specific leadership skills and 24% the development of new skills other than leadership.

NHS Leadership Academy

Leadership programme gives nurses step up ladder

Sam Peate

Sam Peate, senior programme lead at the academy, said: “I’m pleased that so many nurses and midwives from across the NHS have benefitted from the programme.

“Good leadership is at the core of high quality care being delivered and this programme has had a key part to play in helping to develop leaders who are passionate about making a real difference,” he said.

Professor Cummings added: “I’m delighted to see the programme is successfully supporting thousands more nurses and midwives across the country.

“It is only right we support them in developing the skills and confidence to take on new and more senior roles, as well as make changes where they are most needed, helping deliver the best possible care,” said the CNO.

The programme formed part of a pledge of former Prime Minister David Cameron to improve nursing in healthcare and was delivered in partnership with the Korn Ferry Hay Group.

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