iHV welcomes today’s announcement from the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) on the appointment of their new Chief Executive, Joanne Bosanquet MBE.

Joanne Bosanquet MBE

Joanne comes to FoNS from Public Health England where she has been Deputy Chief Nurse for the last 6 years. She will take up the post in June.

The Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) is delighted to announce that its new programme, supported by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, is now open for applications.

This new programme, Inspire Improvement will develop a community of FoNS Improvement Fellows – clinical leaders with expertise in facilitating improvement and culture change at the frontline of practice. Over 12 months, the programme will offer fellows:

  • Six learning and development days
  • Support in the workplace and via telephone/email from a FoNS Practice Development Facilitator
  • A bursary of up to £3,000 to support the development and improvement work

It is aimed at clinical leaders, for example a ward sister/matron, community team leader or care home manager from any area of health and social care in the UK who is leading a nursing and/or care team with direct patient contact and who is the direct line manager for the members of the team. (Must hold a professional UK registration with a relevant regulatory body eg NMC, HCPC.)

Key benefits:

  • Expand knowledge and skills in leading and facilitating culture change and continuous improvement
  • Influence and strengthen team working and facilitate and sustain a workplace culture that is more person-centred, safe and effective

Closing date: 6 November 2017

Foundation of Nursing Studies and General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust Practice-Based Development and Research Programme

Call for Applications

Practice-based research and development is an opportunity for nurses to understand more about their work and the experiences of patients, and use this to ensure that patients’ needs are identified and met. However, whilst there is growing interest in using practice-orientated research methodologies, nurses in practice need support to further develop their knowledge and skills in order to use such approaches.

The programme

Supported by FoNS in partnership with the General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust, this practice-based development and research programme aims to support nurse-led healthcare teams over a period of two years, to work together with patients, staff and wider stakeholders to undertake an action research project in a clinical setting to achieve improvements in patient care.

Who can apply?

Any registered nurses, health visitors, or other specialist community nurses working in clinical practice in England and Wales who can demonstrate evidence from practice to support the need for their project and who are committed to working systematically and collaboratively.

What does the programme offer?

The programme offers support and facilitation to plan, implement and evaluate effective actions; seminars/workshops; funding of up to £5,000 and help with sharing and publication.

Closing dates for applications: 19th February 2014