The Aspiring Nurse Leaders Programme is designed to support the professional development of nurses working in the community to become future leaders in healthcare, to the benefit of the people, families and communities they serve.

Who is it for?

The programme is open to any nurse working in a community or primary care setting, including the charity or independent sector. The areas of practice may include, but is not limited to, nurses working in district nursing, general practice nursing, community children’s nursing, learning disability nursing, community matrons, community mental health, health visitors, school nurses, specialist nurses working in the community, inclusion health nurses, care home nurses and all adult social care and nurses working health and justice services.

We actively seek to ensure that all our programmes have an equitable representation of the whole nursing workforce, and Global Majority (BAME) applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Please note, the programme is not exclusive to Queen’s Nurses; it is open to any nurse who meets the eligibility criteria.

This bespoke programme is a fantastic opportunity for nurses who aspire to take the next step in their leadership career.

This course is like no course I have ever done before. I was burnt out and deflated when I arrived on the first day. I can honestly say that having that time to focus on SELF and consider what am I doing and what I want to do was exactly what I needed. I feel that the course has transformed the way I think and how I feel and I now feel inspired to make changes and pass on my new-found knowledge to others.

Participant feedback

What is it about?

The themes of the programme focus on self-development and personal reflection on compassionate leadership, understanding health and social care structures and a systems leadership approach to improvement and delivering high-quality care. There is an emphasis on leading others and people management during unprecedented change.

Benefits of the programme

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Programme delivery

This programme will be delivered utilising a variety of different methods including presentations, facilitation, online workshops, lectures, group work including simulation and visits. These are intended to provide exposure to different ways of thinking and learning and to expand the ability to embrace and think creatively. It is an expectation that participants will receive all experiences as an opportunity to learn and stimulate reflection in order to develop skills further as a nurse leader.

Quality Improvement Project

One of the most important ways in which the QNI and the participants will be able to evaluate the impact of the leadership programme, will be through the learning gained from the development of the Quality Improvement project. Throughout the programme there will be sessions that will focus on the Quality Improvement project work and assist the participant with planning. Participants are expected to take full advantage of these sessions as a way of ensuring that the project is completed over the year of the programme.


All participants will have access to a mentor to assist with their development as a leader in an organisation and their ability to lead others. The main role of the mentor is to assist the participant to focus on their professional career aspirations and development. To get a deeper insight into the programme, watch this video about the final session of the programme.

I have absolutely loved this course, I feel I have found my purpose and professional path again. My confidence has increased twice fold and the imposter which was ruling my life is no longer in the driving seat. It has enabled me to be a better leader, by understanding myself I have a better understanding of others. I no longer react to situations, I respond, I actively listen, I have brave conversations rather than shying away. I am a confident leader and that is thanks to this course.

Participant feedback

How much does it cost?

The overall cost to enrol on the programme is £5,000 which includes 10 study days, some of which are residential. The fee also includes MBTI Assessment, mentor support, practice visits and associated costs. This programme can be funded by your employer, sponsoring organisation or self-funded*. You will need to demonstrate how you will cover the cost on your application form and it must be confirmed by your line manager in their letter of support. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs and any additional accommodation costs that you may incur due to your personal travel arrangements.

*If you are self-funding, you can apply for a £1000 grant from the QNI. Find out more.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • This programme is open to all nurses working in the community and primary care setting, including care home nurses from England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience working in a community or primary care setting.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a desire to progress to a leadership position beyond their current role.
  • Applicants must provide a statement of support from their manager.

How to apply?

The applications are currently closed.


If you have any questions, please contact our Leadership Programmes team at




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