A new training programme designed to develop nurses’ leadership skills has been launched by the Institute of Health Visiting.
Initially designed with health visitors and school nurses in mind, it is also aimed at nurses working in all other fields of practice, midwives, and other health and social care professionals.
“Our new leadership development programme has been informed by recent health visiting research, and is thoroughly evidence-based”
Dr Cheryll Adams
The evidence-based scheme is delivered over six months and includes training in personal resilience, how to lead policy-driven initiatives – such as the government’s Healthy Child Programme for 0-19 year-olds – and business approaches to developing nursing and other services.
It is designed to help nurses develop skills for both clinical and public-facing leadership roles.
The programme comprises two days of initial training, followed up by a couple of half-days, and then a final session to review learning.
Dr Cheryll Adams, executive director of the IHV, said the training would help nurses and other professionals to integrate health and social care – with the ultimate aim being to improve care for families.
“Our new leadership development programme has been informed by recent health visiting research, and is thoroughly tested and evidence-based,” she said.
“Evaluation of the programme as part of its rigorous testing also suggested it is suitable for other health and social care professionals wanting to develop their leadership skills,” she added.
“The programme aims to embed good practice, and promote and strengthen local leadership with integrated services across health and social care boundaries which, in turn, supports the opportunity for good health outcomes for children and families,” said Dr Adams.