The QNI has published an independent evaluation of its Fund for Innovation and Leadership programme. The ‘Rising Stars’ report was undertaken by Ros Bryar, Professor Emeritus at City University, London.

The Burdett Trust for Nursing is delighted to have funded this programme for the last five years, reflecting our main aim of improving healthcare through nurse-led initiatives.

Shirley Baines, Chief Executive, The Burdett Trust

The report was based on an online survey completed by 71 former participants in the scheme, representing 57 separate projects, followed up by telephone interviews. The report asked two key questions:

  1. What was the impact of the award on patients/families/communities?
  2. What was the impact of the award on the personal and professional development of the project leaders?

Headline findings

  • All respondents indicated that their project had met some or all of its aims to improve patient care (paragraph 4.1)
  • 65% of projects had continued beyond the project year, in many cases adopted by commissioners into mainstream services (paragraph 4.1.2)
  • 47% of respondents indicated that the programme had inspired them to undertake further educational qualifications (paragraph 4.2.5).

Read more and download the report.

For me, the unexpected finding was the feeling the nurses expressed of being given support, respect and recognition by the QNI for their ideas and abilities in a way that they had never previously experienced, and the impact that this had on their confidence and motivation to continue to be innovators in community nursing.

Professor Ros Bryar

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