Sheffield nurse urges others to take fantastic nursing and midwifery opportunity

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Claire Eves, neonatal sister on the Jessop Wing at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, is urging all nurses and midwives in the area to take advantage of a free development opportunity being offered by the NHS Leadership Academy.

Jane Cummings visitThe Frontline nursing and midwifery programme is part of the largest investment into leadership the NHS has ever known.

Claire, who has worked for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for six years now, has (herself) begun the Academy’s nursing and midwifery development programme, and is already finding her learning is improving her leadership, the impact she has on her team and vitally, patient care:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the programme so far and have found that utilizing online learning at my own pace has been invaluable to say the least. It has meant that finding the time when it suits me rather than having a set regime to stick to much easier and more relaxed. I have also found that it has been valuable meeting staff from other hospitals and service areas, you forget how wide the system is at times and it is good to be reminded that all nurses feel the same way no matter the speciality.

“If I’m honest, at first I was a little sceptical about the programme and its layout with so much being online but kept an open mind to it all and I have to say with the enthusiasm of the tutors on the induction day and the enthusiasm of the candidates I found that my spirits were lifted immediately. It has surprised me at how well the teaching is and how much I am learning through the process and I have only just started!

“The programme fits in so well with family life and learning more about yourself to become a better leader can only be good a good thing! I am already feeling more confident and starting to put myself forward to be involved in things I wouldn’t have before. I am keen to help make effective and positive developments in both the care of our babies and their families.

“I would definitely encourage others to apply for the programme – being aware of yourself, how you fit within the workplace and how to change something in the right way is any organisations aim – as long as services continue to improve I think that is all anyone in the NHS strives for.”

The Frontline nursing and midwifery programme will support 5,000 nurses and midwives to do the job they love even better and increase their influence on how care is delivered. The Sheffield cohort is open to applications until 27 August.

Delivered over six months and taught through a mix of online learning and face-to-face workshops, the development programme aims to support participants to be the nurse or midwife they want to be. It will help them to develop the skills needed to reflect on their strengths, role and their ability to do what they came into the profession to do – make a difference to people’s lives.

Karen Lynas, deputy managing director of the NHS Leadership Academy said, “Nobody makes more of a difference to how your health care feels than the frontline nurses and midwives who look after you.

“I am so pleased we are able to offer this programme, designed entirely for them, to support them in their crucial role, develop them to be even better at their job, and importantly, to have more influence in how our care is delivered.

“I hope that thousands of them will seize this opportunity which will make a real difference to patients, carers and our communities.”

New cohorts will open on a monthly basis. The programme builds on the success of the previously nationally delivered nursing and midwifery leadership programmes, incorporating online learning with face-to-face sessions delivered regionally to be accessible to a many nurses and midwives as possible.

Places are free and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so to find out more and apply, visit the NHS Leadership Academy website: