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London leadership programme for 70 nurses and midwives

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Seventy nurses and midwives from London will be given the chance to develop their talents and leadership skills through a new scholarship programme launched as part of the NHS birthday celebrations.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have joined forces with the Florence Nightingale Foundation to offer the career development opportunity, which was announced today.

“We are hugely proud to be able to provide this opportunity

Jane Cummings

The programme, funded by NHS England, will offer 70 candidates the chance to get bespoke support and become Florence Nightingale Foundation nurses and midwives.

Chief nursing officer for England Professor Jane Cummings, who is also regional director for NHS England in London, hoped it would help develop future leaders of the health service in the capital.

“We are hugely proud to be able to provide this opportunity, and take the chance it offers to develop London nursing and midwifery staff who will be the future leaders of our health and care services,” she said.

“Since 1929, the Florence Nightingale Foundation has been committed to advancing the study of nursing and midwifery practice, promoting excellence and preparing nurses and midwives to follow in the footsteps of its namesake, to provide the best possible care to patients across the UK,” she said.

The programme was launched by London regional chief nurse Professor Oliver Shanley at an event to recognise the contribution of nurses and midwives across the last 70 years.

“The foundation’s aims and values are aligned with our own priorities across NHS Improvement and NHS England for nursing, midwifery and care staff, and this partnership is a wonderful opportunity to put 70 nurses and midwives in a path to excellence that will make our health and care services stronger,” he said.

“This partnership is a wonderful opportunity to put 70 nurses and midwives in a path to excellence”

Oliver Shanley

Potential candidates will need to go through a simple application process and will be chosen by a panel, which will include senior nurses from the three organisations involved.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be to support this opportunity and work with NHS England and the Florence Nightingale Foundation,” said Ruth May, executive director for nursing for NHS Improvement.

“I look forward to us all supporting the successful London applicants,” she added.

The first cohort selected will start working with the foundation in November this year. Nurses and midwives can apply to the programme via the Florence Nightingale Foundation website.

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