About the Programme

Patients First is now closed for applications.

Introduction to the programme

FoNS believes that all patients should experience 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. FoNS’ active and ongoing partnership with the Burdett Trust for Nursing has enabled the development of the Patients First Programme to help clinically based nurses, midwives and health visitors to lead local innovations that will develop nurses, nursing and healthcare practice to improve patient care in any health and social care setting across the UK.

The values of the programme include:

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

Over the past six years, 70 nurses-led teams and numerous patients and carers have experienced the benefit of Patients First. At a time when the quality of healthcare and nursing practice is under tremendous scrutiny, Patients First offers teams 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.

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 70 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)


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 

Evaluation of Year 4

Year 6, Day 1 and 2 Evaluation 

Innovations in practice

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