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Date: 23 September 2021

Time: 07:55

Logo of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and AHPs

School receives prestigious accolade

Story posted/last updated: 17 August 2021

The School of Nursing, AHPs and Midwifery has received prestigious accreditation from the Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy for the Pathway to Excellence leadership programme, making the Trust the first of the Foundation’s members to receive such an accolade.

The Pathway to Excellence is a bespoke, co-produced development programme that was created with and for our band 8A nursing, midwifery and AHP staff to help them grow, develop and strengthen their leadership capabilities.

Over six months, staff on the programme benefit from coaching, solution focused activities and peer support which helps to provide a leadership development experience that is specific to their individual development needs.

Occupational Psychologist and Programme Director, Rebekah Giffney, said: “The Pathway to Excellence Leadership Programme has been specifically designed to meet the needs and aspirations of its band 8A leaders. Our approach to leadership is to increase self-awareness and understanding of impact, helping to build increased confidence, resulting in individuals thinking differently and implementing change in sustainable ways.”

The accreditation required the programme to meet a rigorous set of 16 different criteria which demonstrate that the learning is personalised, responsive and effective in delivering its outcomes.

Professor Gemma Stacey, Director of the Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy, said: “The Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy is thrilled to endorse this highly innovative and contemporary leadership programme.

“University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is the first of our members to receive this accolade which demonstrates their commitment to developing the influence, authority and confidence of their nurses, therapists and midwives. We look forward to supporting the wider implementation and spread of their education strategy which puts courageous leadership at the heart.”

Dr Ruth Pearce, Head of School, said “We are thrilled to receive this endorsement from the Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy as it has a strong national reputation for excellence in leadership development. Accreditation endorses the value of this excellent programme which supports and challenges our excellent senior nurses, midwives and AHPs to become the leaders of our future. ”

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