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NHS leadership programme for nurses to be launched

More than £46m is to be invested in the NHS Leadership Academy as it launches its largest development programme for nurses and midwives - leading with compassion.
The money is due to fund three core programmes for leadership by 2015, which will see 10,000 people each year - including around 5,000 nurses and midwives - learn how to lead their teams to deliver compassionate health care.
The core programmes are: the Foundation Leadership Programme, the Mid-career Leadership Programme, and Executive/senior Leadership Programme.
It is expected that the qualifications gained from the programmes give will eventually become “essential criteria” for those applying for relevant positions in the NHS.
The programmes will alongside a new £2.7m initaitive for around 300 aspiring nurse directors, which will launch in the coming months.
“When people come in to contact with health care staff they are often at their most vulnerable. They should be treated with compassion, respect and dignity and feel cared for,” said Karen Lynas, Deputy Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy.

“The programmes we put in place will help those who lead our health system, from ward sisters to senior managers, create the kind of work environments where care and compassion are experienced by all their staff, so they in turn can provide compassionate care to their patients.  

“We want to create a generation of leaders who not only provide exceptional care to patients, whether directly as a clinician, or indirectly as a manager, but who act as role models and inspirational leaders for the next generation of NHS professionals.”

The Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing Dr Peter Carter welcomed the creation of the nurse leadership programmes by the NHS Leadership Academy following a time of a lack of investment.