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Supporting nurse-led innovation in practice


Patients First is the Foundation of Nursing Studies’ [FoNs] partnership innovation programme, in collaboration with the Burdett Trust for Nursing. FoNS believes that all patients should experience care that is safe, effective and compassionate and nurses, midwives and health visitors – as direct caregivers – have a key role in identifying potential areas for improvement. Patients First enables them to lead innovation and advance care in any health and social care setting across the UK.

Since 2009 Patients First has supported almost 80 teams and is now calling for applications to support a further ten nurse-led teams from November 2016.

Applications can come from any area of healthcare and Patients First is looking for people with innovative ideas who want to engage with patients, staff and carers, who are keen to develop their own leadership/facilitation skills, and who want to influence and develop person-centered practice.

Patients First offers teams in any health and social care setting across the UK, a fantastic opportunity to show how nurses, midwives and health visitors are leading innovation and championing a practice culture where care is the best it can be.

Over a period of 18 months, the Patients First programme provides:

  • A dedicated practice development facilitator offering direct support in the workplace and via telephone/email
  • Six full day learning and development workshops that bring together the nurse-led teams to explore the development of strategies for changing practice and provide opportunities for networking and sharing
  • A bursary of up to £5,000.

For more information about the programme, current and past participants and to download an application form, visit the FoNS website here.

To view previous project reports, visit the library on the FoNS website click here.

If you have an idea for working with patients to improve care, ‘putting your patients first’, please contact Jo Odell, practice development facilitator, to discuss your ideas and how the programme can support you in practice, either by phone on 020 7307 2857, or by email at:

Any administrative enquiries and all completed applications should be sent to Debbie Warren, administrator 020 7307 2857 or email:

The closing date for applications is 5pm, 7 September, 2016. Telephone interviews will take place on the 27th/28th September 2016.

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