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Pictured: Ian Joy who has won an 'Aspiring Nurse Director' Leadership Scholarship from the Florence Nightingale Foundation

Florence Nightingale shines her light on one of our Senior Nurse's


Ian Joy, Senior Nurse for Nursing and Midwifery Staffing at the Newcastle Hospitals, has been awarded a leadership scholarship by The Florence Nightingale Foundation.

Ian Joy who has won an 'Aspiring Nurse Director' Leadership Scholarship from the Florence Nightingale Foundation

The most prestigious scholarship offered by the Foundation, targeted at ‘Aspiring Nurse Directors’, was awarded to Ian following a successful interview in London by a panel of judges including Greta Westwood, Chief Operating Officer of the foundation and Liz Fenton, Deputy Chief Nurse for Health Education England.

Ian will begin his scholarship next year and over a 15 month period will be encouraged to design a bespoke programme of learning, focusing on personal leadership, assessment and mentorship.

“I’m really excited and honoured to have been awarded the Aspiring Nurse Directors scholarship,” says Ian, “The award provides a fantastic platform for me to meet new people, develop my knowledge, and build on my leadership skills, and I very much look forward to starting the programme next year.”

Ian adds: “Whilst I know that learning through this scholarship will support my own personal and professional development, I believe it also provides an exciting opportunity to help develop nursing across the organisation, whilst, perhaps most importantly, benefitting our patients and the care we deliver.”

“I am also keen to ensure we provide a strong voice for nursing and midwifery in the North East and am extremely grateful to Maurya Cushlow, Chief Executive Nurse and Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive for their support and challenging me to progress my career further.”

Maurya Cushlow, Executive Chief Nurse, congratulated Ian on his scholarship: “Ian is the second of our senior nurses here in Newcastle to have received this important award for the nursing profession, and the Foundation’s recognition of Ian’s dedication and potential is very much deserved.

“Ian’s ongoing commitment to developing our nursing and midwifery workforce is very much evident across our organisation and so we are thrilled to see him take this opportunity on his journey towards what will undoubtedly be a hugely successful senior nursing leadership career.”

The Florence Nightingale Foundation supports nurses and midwives with scholarships and mentoring. The foundation raises funds enabling clinical professionals to study at home and abroad, promoting innovation in practice, in addition to extending knowledge and skills to enable nurses and midwives to meet changing needs and improve patient care.

The Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) has a number of scholarships that Nurses and Midwives can apply for every year.

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