The Burdett Trust for Nursing and The King's Fund announce joint nurse leadership programme that aims to 'bring the bedside to the boardroom'

On Wednesday 3 October The King's Fund and the Burdett Trust for Nursing will launch a new leadership and development programme for executive nurses.

The joint initiative, 'Identifying good practice in the business of caring', will work with executive nurses to make sure their knowledge and expertise of patient care has the greatest possible impact on trust board discussions and decision-making. This will help trust boards have a better understanding of the clinical impact of budget and operational decisions and therefore improve the quality of patient care.

Sue Norman, Burdett trustee leading the project, said:

'Good caring is good business. Nursing has often recoiled from talking about patient care and business in the same breath, but that's changing. The aim of this initiative is to place performance management of patient care firmly within the business considerations of boards – commissioners and providers alike. The key to this is better prepared and supported executive nurses, who, with their medical directors, are best placed to lead and influence the continuous improvement of patient care.'

Niall Dickson, chief executive of The King's Fund added:

'The objective of this joint initiative is to ensure the expert knowledge of those who visit patients’ bedsides is included in the decision-making process at board level. By enabling more effective discussions between executive nurses and other board members about the clinical impact of board decisions we can improve the patient experience.'

Welcoming the joint initiative, Alan Gibbs, chairman of trustees of Burdett Trust for Nursing said:

'We are delighted that the excellence and expertise of The King's Fund will be brought to bear on supporting and working with executive nurses and trust boards. Together we can help to build high-quality, board-level performance management of patient care.'

Notes to editors: 

  1. If you would like to attend the reception to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Burdett Trust for Nursing and the launch of the ‘Identifying good practice in the business of caring’ programme please rsvp to Shirley Baines on o20 7597 3060.
  2. Trusts involved in the first wave of the programme include: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Cornwall Partnership Trust, Leeds PCT, Stockport PCT, Southern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland.
  3. The King’s Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through funding. We are a major resource to people working in health and social care, offering leadership development programmes; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.
  4. The Burdett Trust for Nursing was formed five years ago when the Royal National Pension Fund for Nurses agreed to transfer all of its property, rights, assets, liabilities and obligations to Liverpool Victoria Life Company Limited. This resulted in the sum of £47.3 million being paid to the newly formed charitable trust on 7 January 2002. This event marks the Trust’s fifth anniversary and provides an opportunity to take pride in its achievements and to look to the future, consolidating its position as one of the country’s leading nursing charities. The Trust targets its grants at projects that are nurse-led and focused on supporting the nursing contribution to health care. It aims to use its funds to empower nurses and through this to make significant improvements to the patient care environment.