Leadership and Development

Leading for Maternity Improvement Programme – 18 senior midwives will have the opportunity to undertake this programme in 2020. This is an innovative and transformational development journey for midwives who aspire to develop and apply their leadership skills in a positive and supportive work environment, putting women, babies and families at the heart of what they do.

Post Registration Masters Programme – 30 young new registrants graduating Sept 19 will be able to undertake this Master programme who are leading practice.

Strategic Leadership Programme for Midwives – This programme brought together senior midwives who have previously undertaken The RCM leadership Development programme. It provided an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and explore challenges and achievements over the previous 12 months, enabling and encouraging networking and sharing of expertise and experience.

Aspiring Nurse Directors Programme

16 students graduated with a Post Graduate Certificate (PGCert) in Leadership in Healthcare. The Aspiring Nurse Director Programme has been developed in partnership between London South Bank University and NHS Improvement.  

Speaking at the Aspiring Nurse Directors Programme, Department of Health Permanent Secretary 

Richard Pengelly said:  “Northern Ireland’s Aspiring Nurse Directors are our potential future leaders Aspiring Nurse Directors event image in nursing.  We need more collective leaders from clinical backgrounds to deliver the changes that are required whilst valuing the contribution of all staff and in particular the people who use our services.

“This is the first time the innovative and unique Aspiring Nurse Director Programme has been delivered in Northern Ireland. The programme has been a great success and provided a unique opportunity to learn from a variety of exceptional leaders.”

Charlotte McArdle thanked London Southbank University for providing this programme and to Dr Elaine Maxwell from the National Institute for Clinical Research Dissemination Centre for sharing her expertise and supporting those graduating today.

“It is a matter of huge importance that we develop senior nurses with an understanding of the executive nurse role, broaden their skill set and knowledge in preparation for the transition to the executive nurse role."

Enabling Professionalism

As a part of the response to the Year of the Nurse and Midwife2020 and the Nursing Now campaign, the six Government Chief Nursing Officers (GCNOs) of the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland have pledged to undertake a work stream aligning with the ethos of these initiatives linked to the Enabling Professionalism framework.


This short-life programme of work will produce a ‘social movement’ to be launched 12th May 2020, celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, creating a five country response with potential to capture a global reach. The focus of this work is to present the art and science of nursing and midwifery in a tangible way that has meaning to policy makers and the public. This will be achieved through the production of an agreed conceptual framework to articulate what nursing/midwifery ‘is’ with sufficient flexibility to grow with the professions over time.

Activity so far has included:

  • Nomination to, and convening of, a five Nations Task and Finish Group (5NTFG) to oversee production
  • Creation of links with the members of the 5NTFG to Country Specific Groups (CSGs) with whom ongoing outputs might be tested
  • Production of evidence papers to inform thinking
  • One meeting of the 5NTFG hosted in London at RCN Headquarters to begin the conceptual framework development
  • Resource identification by the 6GCNOs to produce a short podcast (video)
  • Collation of meeting feedback and circulation of papers for comment and opinion across the members of the 5NTFG and with CSGs for review and comment

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