About the Programme

Patients First Year 6 is now open for applications

For a fun introduction to the programme, please see our ‘Flipagram’. 

FoNS believes that all patients should experience person-centred care that is safe, effective and compassionate. Nurses, midwives and health visitors, as direct care givers, have a key role in identifying with patients, potential areas for improvement. 

The values of the programme include:

  • Meaningful patient involvement
  • Locally focussed frontline care
  • Innovative and creative approaches


Now in its sixth year, the Patients First Programme is an excellent development opportunity for nurse, midwife and health visitor led teams. Supported by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, the programme has a proven track record of successful innovations and personal development, with over 50 teams having participated. As a professional you will no doubt have thought about areas of your practice, and the service where you work, that could be better, more person centred and more effective. But perhaps you don’t know how to solve the problem or feel unsure of what approach to take.

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

  • A dedicated experienced Practice Development Facilitator offering direct support in the workplace and via telephone/email
  • Six full day learning and development workshops that will bring together the nurse-led teams to explore and enable the development of effective strategies for changing practice and provide opportunities for networking and sharing
  • Full access to the FoNS Centre for Nursing Innovation
  • Support with report writing, publishing and active dissemination
  • A bursary of up to £5000
  • Possible accreditation at Level 7, 30 credits, on completion of a reflective assignment through the Canterbury Christ Church University (successful applicants who are interested in this should contact FoNS for further information)

If you are intersted in this programme, please visit the 'How to apply' page of our website. The closing date for applications is 5pm, 9th September 2014. 

Who can apply?

Any clinically based nurses and nurse-led teams (including health visitors, midwives and mental health nurses) who have identified with patients an aspect of care that needs to be improved and who can demonstrate a commitment to:

  • Using a variety of approaches to inform and evaluate the development of practice leading to sustainable improvements in care
  • Working in ways that enable the inclusion and participation of patients and other key stakeholders in all aspects of the project
  • Using a collaborative and systematic approach to development and improvement


Evaluations of the Patients First Programme

University of Worcester Independent Three Year Evaluation Patients First Programme

Evaluation of Year 1

Evaluation of Year 2

Evaluation of Year 3 

Innovations in practice

Read about how nurse-led teams have made practice changes and improved patient care ... browse the reports in the library

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