About Schools


Fostering a Culture of Effectiveness

through Practice Development

FoNS has been involved with Foundation Practice Development Schools for over 15 years and hosted them for the last 3 years. The school is designed to help health and social care practitioners explore the foundational and key aspects of practice development, develop as leaders and be more effective in practice:

  • What practice development? Why is it different to other change methodologies?
  • What is the role of workplace culture? How effective is your workplace and how can you develop a more effective workplace culture to support staff and improve patient/service user care?
  • How can you evaluate what you are doing and learn from it?
  • What does it mean to be a leader? How can you be the sort of leader who enables others to grow and flourish? How can you develop your facilitation skills?
  • And how does this apply to your workplace? 

FoNS Practice Development Facilitator Theresa Shaw said in a recent blog 'I have been involved in the delivery of the schools almost since they started and feel strongly that they provide a significant development opportunity for practitioners (nurses and AHP’s) in health and social care to develop their skills and confidence as facilitative leaders of culture change with a focus on enabling person-centredness and safe, effective workplaces and services.  I believe they offer a very different experience to other leadership development opportunities because of the greater emphasis on developing skills in working with others rather than managing, telling and doing to.'

Who will benefit from attending the school?

FoNS believes that leadership can be evident at all levels of health and social care organisations. This school will benefit anyone with some degree of leadership responsibility and those with responsibility for innovation and improvement in nursing, midwifery, health visiting or allied professions:

  • Social care/care home managers, nurses and team leaders
  • Team leaders in any setting
  • Ward managers/sisters or deputies
  • Practice development nurses
  • Senior nurses/midwives/health visitors
  • Those with a responsibility for service improvement
  • Clinical educators/facilitators or practice educators
  • Project managers
  • Education leads/training coordinators
  • Post-graduate nursing students
  • Lecturers
  • Lead practitioners