Nurse First, the Shaftesbury Partnership programme that equips community health professionals as social innovators, has been launched as a Community Interest Company (CIC). The venture, which has been incubated by Shaftesbury Partnership and has received consistent financial support from Johnson & Johnson, has successfully completed its pilot phase and is now trading as an independent social enterprise.
During the pilot, two cohorts of frontline health practitioners completed the programme and are already transforming aspects of health care in their local communities. We have been able to hone our approach to delivery and demonstrate the power and effectiveness of the programme, and we published our first impact analysis in September 2013.
The new enterprise has started to trade and we recently welcomed Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust as one of our first customers. Over the next year, Nurse First will deliver at least two cohorts as it scales up operations.
The programme selects cohorts of entrepreneurial community health professionals and trains them in Leadership, Innovation, Finance and Entrepreneurship skills. It involves 21 days of residential development and professional coaching, with access to some of the UK’s leading innovators, expert advisors and social entrepreneurs. Participants receive a wide range of support, from designing a community-based project right through to attracting funding and implementing their idea in the real world.
Chris Mould, the Partner who has led the venture at Shaftesbury Partnership, said “We have always believed Nurse First has huge potential and can genuinely have a transformational impact in community healthcare. It’s great to see the venture going from strength to strength and launching as an independent company.”
Dave Dawes, Venture Manager, believes that "Nurse First has shown how frontline clinical staff can implement innovation that attracts serious financial investment and improves the health of thousands of people across the UK. We are helping more and more organisations identify the innovation potential in their staff and then develop that potential."
To find out more about Nurse First, contact Dave Dawes or visit the website at www.nursefirst.org.uk.