2022-23 Programme Specification

Message from Professor Gemma Stacey – Director of Academy

Please accept our very warm welcome to your Florence Nightingale Scholarship year. This document outlines all the key information you will need to make the most of this opportunity. We hope you find your journey a truly transformational experience and develop the foundations and networks to realise your full leadership potential.


Your scholarships have been sponsored by a specific sponsor and we ask you to write to them and thank them for their generosity. If you are not sure of your sponsor please contact a member of the academy team and we will provide you with their details. The Scholarship is designed to enable participants to explore, define and develop their unique approach to leadership in preparation for future strategic leadership positions which offer you the opportunity to exercise your authority and influence to make a difference in your chosen field.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate enhanced awareness of how personality preferences influence personal effectiveness and performance in teams
  • Identify and critically appraise opportunities to influence through personal and collective authority
  • Develop strategies to express self in a manner which communicates presence, enables influence and has impact
  • Explore personal courage and develop tools for staying effective under pressure
  • Formulate and put into practice plans which contribute to improved outcomes for patients and staff underpinned by evidence and quality improvement methodology

Learning Etiquette

Some of your scholarship programme will be delivered online. The following information is intended to ensure you and your cohort get the most out of the session and learn together in a safe and confidential space.
Trust and openness within the group is key from the outset, with this in mind, we will support the group to develop some shared ground rules at the end of the welcome session which will provide a foundation for success.

Based on our experience of working with groups we offer the following as a start and would invite everyone to think about what is missing for them.

  • We will ensure confidentiality of the discussions
  • We are all responsible for our learning
  • We will help the development of others
  • We will show mutual respect
  • We will actively and attentively listen
  • We share ‘air’ time

There may be some attendees who are also from your organisation. We want to ensure that the group remains a safe space and you feel able to share your experiences without concern about implications in your workplace. Therefore, please ensure you are able to describe your experiences without naming individuals from your organisation. If you are listening to another member of your organisation sharing their experiences, please attempt to focus your support and reflections on the issue at hand and refrain from making reference to the local context or specific individuals in the organisation.

The following are some practical requests to enable the session to run smoothly:

  • You can attend the session using your computer, or tablet.
  • Please be online at least 5 minutes before the start of the session.
  • If you are late or have technical questions, please email [email protected] – you must include the group number name and your cohort (if applicable) in the subject line of the email and someone will respond to assist you.
  • Do not share the meeting login details with anyone else. They are only for registered members of the group.
  • Think about your background. Is there anything you wouldn’t want a guest to see?
  • Please do not run other programmes (work/other internet pages, etc.) or use other electronic devices while you are attending.
  • For your own concentration, and that of fellow participants, try to be in a room away from pets and other family members or flatmates.
  • Please mute your microphone when you are not speaking. And remember to remute after you have spoken. This will help reduce the bandwidth of the session and ensure sound is clear to all those taking part.
  • If you have a question or contribution, please raise your hand, and wait to be invited before asking.
  • Please note that the facilitator may choose to mute you if you have forgotten and your background noise is interfering with the class. This is to ensure everyone can hear and get the most from the class.
  • Please do not record the sessions. All content in the session is confidential and should not be shared.
  • To ensure that the session goes smoothly for everyone, the facilitator reserves the right to remove anyone from the session whose behaviour is disruptive.

Scholar Programme Dates & Details

Key Dates


Please Register your attendance for the scholar conference on the 3rd October 2023 here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/640551245017?aff=oddtdtcreator

Publication and Abstract Information

Now you have started your scholarship you must work on a Quality Improvement Project and write an abstract to be submitted for publishing in a journal of your choice, as well as on the FNF website, once you complete your scholarship.

Please send an abstract of between 1000 – 1500 words using the following guidance:


The abstract must include the following headings:

  • Your name, role, and banding/grade (please include if you have changed roles during your scholarship year)
  • Scholar type and group
  • Your sponsor(s)
  • Aims and objectives of Scholarship
  • Places and organisations visited, and programmes completed
  • Title of your Improvement Project
  • A summary of your improvement project with impact on patients/service users and practice/or education/policy and colleagues together with any process and outcome measures used to demonstrate this. (This is likely to include developing new practices/services, improving existing ones, and/or developing new collaborations and networks for the benefits of patients and service users)
  • Implications for practice/education
  • Dissemination; details of publications and/or conference presentations
  • Your reflections
  • References
  • Acknowledgments – MUST INCLUDE YOUR SPONSOR(S)

FNF Contacts

Director of FNF Academy – Professor Gemma Stacey
Deputy Director of Academy – Lucy Brown
Head of Nursing and Midwifery Leadership and Scholarships – Debbie Preston
Programme Manager – Sharon Thomas
Academy Co-ordinator – Carolina Barton-Jones
Contact: [email protected]

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