A new training program designed to develop the leadership skills of nurses has been launched by the Institute of Health Visiting.
Originally designed for health visitors and school nurses, it is also aimed at nurses working in all other areas of practice, midwives and other health and social service professionals.
“Our new leadership development program has been informed by recent research on medical visits and is completely evidence-based.”
Dr Cheryll Adams
The evidence-based curriculum is delivered over six months and includes training in personal resilience, leading policy-oriented initiatives – such as the government’s Healthy Children Program for ages 0-19 – and business approaches to develop nursing and other services.
It is designed to help nurses develop skills for clinical and public leadership roles.
The program includes two days of initial training, followed by a few half-days, then a final learning review session.
Dr Cheryll Adams, executive director of IHV, said the training would help nurses and other professionals integrate health and social care, with the ultimate goal being to improve care for families.
“Our new leadership development program has been informed by recent research on medical visits and is thoroughly tested and evidence-based,” she said.
“Evaluating the program as part of its rigorous testing has also suggested that it is suitable for other health and social service professionals wishing to develop their leadership skills,” she added.
“The program aims to integrate good practices, promote and strengthen local leadership with integrated services beyond the borders of health and social services, which in turn supports the possibility of obtaining good health outcomes for children and families, ”said Dr. Adams.