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Nurse First is an Innovation and Leadership programme for community professionals. It is an intensive 21-day residential programme that runs over a year and includes learning sets and coaching support.
It works by:
  • creating innovative solutions to clinical challenges
  • accessing the funding needed to make these solutions happen
  • implementing the solutions inside the organisation
Nurse First is a partnership between the Queen's Nursing Institute, Buckinghamshire New University and Johnson & Johnson.

We take what clinical staff know about their community and their patients, throw in ideas about how this could be so much better and then mix this with skills about innovation, business and leadership to make these changes really happen.

As part of the programme,participants are challenged to design, raise funding for, and deliver a real-world project to improve health outcomes in their local area. This is an ambitious goal to put development coaching into practice.

The first cohort of Nurse First participants brought in an average of £16,000 each of funding for their projects. The Business Plans demonstrated cash-releasing savings of an average of £1.2 million each.

The programme is designed for healthcare professionals who are unhappy with the status quo and want to step outside the traditional clinical role to create real changes in their field. We want staff who are working in the community who are not in a senior managerial position but would like to be able to promote change or innovation.

We are looking for very special community health professionals with a passion to change the status quo and deliver better services. We will help them achieve far more than they think they possibly could.

The programme is open to all healthcare professionals, not just nurses. The programme consists of 21 days of residential development spread over 7 blocks throughout the year and an intensive coaching programme. To find out more about the detail of the programme, please visit the Programme page.

Nurse First provides an extremely effective way for an organisation to:

  • generate “invest to save” business models
  • increase their organisational capacity for innovation
  • engage front-line clinicians in innovation
  • improve the care they deliver

To book places on the programme, call 07738 567573 or email info@nursefirst.org.uk

We are currently recruiting for the May 2014 cohort and future cohorts in 2014.

If you would like to apply for the programme, please visit our application page