Application Information

This programme is now closed for applications. A further cohort will be recruited in 2018 - further details will be available via our weekly newsletter

Applicants should:

  • Be a clinical leader, for example a ward sister/matron, community team leader or care home manager from any area of health and social care in the UK
  • Be leading a nursing and/or care team with direct patient contact
  • Be the direct line manager for the members of the team
  • Hold a professional UK registration with a relevant regulatory body eg NMC, HCPC
  • Be able to commit to the 12-month programme including learning and development days (workshops) and workplace visits


The programme will be using ‘The Creating Caring Cultures – Getting Started with Culture Change Model’ to support the development of Fellows. You are therefore asked to:

You should also:

  • Contact your executive/non-executive sponsor who should be the Director of Nursing (or equivalent). It is a requirement of this programme that the executive sponsor signs to support your application and provides a supporting statement
  • Contact your matron or direct line manager to discuss support for the project (you will need time out of practice for the workshops in London and for meetings and visits etc). It is a requirement of the programme that your direct line manager supports your application and provides a supporting statement

Finally it is recommended that you contact FoNS 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 how this can be tailored to meet the individual needs of applicants. To arrange an informal discussion, contact Jo Odell, Practice Development Facilitator Tel: 020 7307 2857 Email: [email protected]


Please complete the application form including a supporting statement from an organisational sponsor executive/non executive level (usually a Director of Nursing) and your direct line manager

Closing date: 1pm, 6th November 2017


All applications will be reviewed and shortlisted. If you are shortlisted, you will then be visited in your workplace for a 1:1 interview which will further explore your suitability for the programme, the practice context and the support available from the organisation.

Starting the programme

The programme will formally begin in February 2018. Successful applicants will be called FoNS Improvement Fellows. There will also be the opportunity for ongoing support from FoNS (as appropriate).


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