Person-centred Cultures: A FoNS Development Programme

FoNS is delighted to be able to offer this new programme designed to support clinical nurse and midwife leaders to develop person-centred cultures in the workplace.

This Burdett Trust partnership programme follows on from the hugely successful and transformative Inspire Improvement Fellowship. FoNS has been working with nurses and midwives for over 30 years, and is a leader in culture change work in the health and care sector. FoNS believes that workplace culture is what determines the experience of staff, patients and residents and that in workplaces that are person-centred, care will be the best it can be, staff will feel valued and enabled to innovate.

This programme brings together FoNS’s immense experience in facilitation of learning and understanding of culture change in the health and social care sector. The transformative nature of FoNS’s programmes can be seen in ‘Our Stories‘.

It is practice-based – you learn in and from your own practice benefitting from FoNS’s hugely successful approach to learning and development.

The programme will be underpinned by FoNS’s Creating Caring Cultures© model as well as the Person-centred Practice Framework (PCPF) (McCormack and McCance, 2020) and the Person-centred Leadership Framework (Cardiff et al., 2018).

We welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds in any health or social care setting. Closes Wednesday 14 August 2024.

This fully funded programme will run from October 2024 to May 2025 and offers:

  1. Learning Blocks

The three learning blocks to:

  • Develop skills as facilitative leaders of culture change
  • Explore and enable the use of effective strategies for creating person-centred workplace cultures
  • Promote continuous improvement

The blocks are:

Block 1

Face-to-face

Arrive St John’s Hotel, Solihull 12 noon Thursday 17 October 2024. Afternoon workshop followed by dinner and an overnight stay. Friday 18 October is a full day workshop finishing at 5pm.

The workshop is fully funded including reasonable travel expenses if required.

Block 2

Virtual

Four full-day online workshops:

14 November 2024

28 November 2024

13 February 2025

20 March 2025

Block 3

Face-to-face

Arrive St John’s Hotel, Solihull 9.30 Thursday 8 May 2025 for a full day workshop finishing at 5pm.

The workshop is fully funded including reasonable travel expenses if required.

The programme will be underpinned by FoNS’s Creating Caring Cultures© model as well as the Person-centred Practice Framework (PCPF) (McCormack and McCance, 2020) and the Person-centred Leadership Framework (Cardiff et al., 2018).

  1. On-going support

The Programme includes a variety of support mechanisms.

2.a. Support via virtual meetings/ telephone/email from a FoNS Person-centred Practice Facilitator to:

  • Refine and use skills in facilitation to lead and develop their team
  • Promote reflective practice
  • Support problem-solving
  • Undertake evaluation and actively share outcomes via report writing and publishing to spread learning across their organisation and more widely

2.b. Peer-to-peer mentorship, based on the Critical Allies Framework (Hardiman, 2017).

2.c. All participants are required to secure the support of an internal mentor (for example the participants line manager) who will ensure that support and time are available for culture change and practice improvement work.

  1. After the programme

All FoNS participants are warmly welcomed into the ‘FoNS family’, and are encouraged to continue their connection with FoNS, through writing blogs, attending alumni events and potentially participating in other programmes.

We also offer the opportunity for participants to gain academic accreditation at level 7 from this programme with Canterbury Christ Church University module. This opportunity would require funding by the participant or their organisation.

 

The programme is open to applicants from any care setting in health and social care across the UK. To ensure equity across the four home nations, we will recruit five participants from England, and one each from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

FoNS is looking for nurses, health visitors and midwives who lead nursing and/or care teams at the point of care, who have a desire to create more person-centred workplace cultures for patients/residents and staff.

Applicants should:

  • Hold an UK NMC registration
  • Be leading a nursing and/or care team with direct patient contact
  • Be the direct line manager for the members of the team
  • Be willing to explore workplace culture and continuous improvement
  • Be able to commit to all the workshop dates of the programme

Application process

  • Read all the information on this page of the FoNS website
  • Consider the technical and time aspects of this programme:
  • You will need to be able to attend the face-to-face and virtual sessions and will need access to a computer with a camera and microphone that can use Zoom and MS Teams. You will need to be able to use a quiet private space.
  • You need to be free for all the sessions
  • Block 1: (Face-to-face), this workshop will begin at 12 midday on Thursday 17 October 2024 and finish at 5pm on Friday 18 October. The workshop will be held in Solihull. Full board and learning materials included as well as reasonable travel expenses if required.
  • Block 2: (Virtual) All day Thursday 14 November 2024, Thursday 28 November 2024, Thursday 13 February 2025 and Thursday 20 March 2025
  • Block 3: (Face-to-face) 1 day workshop Thursday 8 May 2025 in Solihull with overnight accommodation on Wednesday 7 May 2025. Full board and learning materials included as well as reasonable travel expenses if required.
  • Watch the ‘Creating Caring Cultures’ animation https://www.fons.org/learning-zone/culture-change-resources read the associated resources
  • Email the programme lead Giselle Cope [email protected] to arrange an informal discussion about your application. This provides an opportunity for you to discuss the support and facilitation that is available from FoNS and to explore the commitment and the robust application process required for the programme.
  • Contact your executive sponsor, who should be the Director of Nursing (or equivalent). It is an essential requirement of this programme that your executive sponsor provides a supporting statement and signature as part of your application. Organisational support to take part in the programme is essential.
  • Contact your direct line manager/matron to discuss support for your application. It is an essential requirement of this programme that your direct line manager provides a supporting statement and signature as part of your application. This is because you will need time out of practice for the face-to-face/virtual workshops, individual coaching support sessions and for any practice improvement initiatives undertaken as part of the programme. The line manager will be invited to attend the first 5 minutes of the interview.
  • Identify an internal mentor ideally at a more senior level (e.g. line manager) to ensure you can maximise the opportunities created by the programme. Successful applicants will be required to have regular face-to-face/virtual meetings with the internal mentor to ensure that appropriate support is available internally. This includes prioritising time to meet with your mentor and to undertake activity relating to development and innovation.

Complete the application form. You will need to submit it electronically with signatures (you, your line manager/mentor and exec sponsor). Electronic signatures are acceptable, but not just a typed name. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Email the programme lead Giselle Cope [email protected] to arrange an informal discussion about your application. This provides an opportunity for you to discuss the support and facilitation that is available from FoNS and to explore the commitment and the robust application process required for the programme.

Application timetable

Closing date for applications:Wednesday 14 August 2024
Short-listing by FoNS – applicants informed:Thursday 22 August
Interviews:4, 5 and 6 September 2024*
Applicants informed of outcome:11 September 2024
Successful applicants to confirm their attendance:1 September 2024
First workshop:17-18 October 2024

* Please ensure you can attend an interview during this time period. Your line manager will be invited to join the first 5 minutes of the interview to confirm his/her support for your application.

Application pack

Drop in sessions will be help online using MS Teams. No need to book, just come along.

12 July 2024 11:00-11:30 Join the meeting

17 July 2024 10.30-11.00 Join the meeting

25 July 2024 11-11.30 Join the meeting

We’ve put together some additional information in this ‘Frequently Asked Questions‘ document.

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