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More than half of nurses who participated in the NHS Leadership Academy's Frontline Nursing and Midwifery programme were promoted after they had completed the course, a survey found.

A survey of over 1000 nurses who went through the programme found that 51% have been promoted to a senior role. The 6 month programme was available for nurses from a range of backgrounds across the NHS. Respondents to the survey reported feeling more confident and empowered to challenge the status quo to make significant improvements in patient care.

‘I’m delighted to see the programme is successfully supporting thousands more nurses and midwives across the country,’ said Professor Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England. ‘Nursing is a highly skilled, important and valued profession and it is only right we support them in developing the skills and confidence to take on new and more senior roles as well as make changes where they are most needed, helping deliver the best possible care.’

The NHS Leadership Academy was launched in April 2012. The programme focuses on four key areas: embedding a common vision for health leadership; leading the way in leadership development; supporting local leadership development; and raising the profile of healthcare leaders.

‘Good leadership is at the core of high quality care being delivered and this programme has had a key part to play in helping to develop leaders who are passionate about making a real difference,’ said Sam Peate, senior programme lead at the Academy.

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