Only a few weeks into its pilot, Nurse First is already generating significant interest and has received a large number of applications. Chris Mould and Dave Dawes have been travelling the country to talk about the scheme, which Dave describes as “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”. He adds “we want to hear from 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.” Anne Pearson, Practice Development Manager at the Queen’s Nursing Institute added, ‘The QNI has a long and successful track record of supporting innovation in community nursing, and we are very excited by this new partnership. New challenges to community services at the present time require new and creative solutions. Nurse First is about empowering healthcare professionals to enable them to improve patient care.’
The programme will select 25 entrepreneurial community health professionals and train them in Leadership, Innovation, Finance, and Entrepreneurship skills. The core of the development programme involves them taking an idea from concept to making it real and fully-funded by the end of the 12 month programme. They will learn powerful tools for increasing their personal effectiveness and they will learn how to develop creative ideas, communicate those ideas and attract the support they need to make those ideas real. This will be delivered through 21 days of residential development, professional coaching, expert advisors, and access to some of the UK’s leading innovators and social entrepreneurs. The Nurse First pilot is being sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and will be delivered in partnership with Queens Nursing Institute and Buckinghamshire New University.