Nurse First, the Shaftesbury Partnership programme that equips community health practitioners as social innovators, recently celebrated the graduation of a second cohort with a hugely inspiring conference in Manchester and the publication of our first impact analysis. With consistent financial support from Johnson and Johnson we have been able to demonstrate the power and effectiveness of the Nurse First programme and to hone our approach to delivery.
Nurse First is now moving to the next stage of its development as a venture where the enterprise starts to trade. We recently welcomed four NHS Foundation Trusts as our first customers. This summer sees us working with them to recruit the next Nurse First cohort of frontline health practitioners who will soon be transforming aspects of health care in their local communities.
Our pilot has demonstrated strong results and we are now launching Nurse First as an independent Community Interest Company (CIC). Over the next year Nurse First will deliver at least two cohorts as we scale up. We expect competition for places on the Nurse First programme to be strong. We are encouraging health care employers and other organisations interested in commissioning places on the programme to contact us as soon as they can to avoid any delay in Nurse First meeting their requirements.