In 2016/17 the Council and the Burdett Trust for Nursing worked in partnership to develop the first ever UK-wide student leadership programme targeted at healthcare students.
Based on the concept of students as co-creators of their own learning, the Student Leadership Programme offers innovative ways for developing leadership in future healthcare professionals. Targeted initially at 150 students of nursing, midwifery and the allied health professional courses across the UK, the programme offers exposure to leadership development through role-modelling, reflection, networking and coaching.
Branded as the #150Leaders, students from the programme developed leadership skills that they took back to their universities, became strong advocates for their professions, engaged in recruitment and retention activities and developed skills in influencing policy and engaged with national strategic agendas. Several were nominated for national student awards, with three of them winning for their contribution to their professions through their studies.
Following the success of the first two years, the programme has now been extended for a further three years and another 150 students. The lessons learned from the Programme formed the basis of our publication #150Leaders: Fostering Student Leadership.