Application Information

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 both leading a nursing and/or care team and providing frontline nursing care
  • 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  4-6 half-day workplace visits


The Fellowship 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 the West Midlands 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, 5th November 2018


All applications will be reviewed and shortlisted. If you are shortlisted, you and your line manager will then be invited for an interview which will be conducted via Skype (or similar) to further explore your suitability for the programme, the practice context and the organisational support for you to attend and undertake the programme

Provisional dates for interviews are 6th, 10th and 13th December.

Successful Inspire Improvement Fellows will be introduced to the programme via a workplace visit from the FoNS Practice Development Facilitator in January or February 2019. 

Workshop dates

Each two-day residential workshop (two-night stay) begins with an evening gathering and meal and the workshop starts the following morning. Full board and accommodation (West Midlands location) are booked and funded by FoNS. Each Fellow will need to arrange their own travel to and from the workshops and the bursary can be used to fund this once the programme has started .

20th and 21st March 2019 (arrive 19th March)

26th and 27th June (arrive 25th June)

18th and 19th September (arrive 17th September)