A motivational session on leadership has launched a series of masterclasses for the nursing community

In one of a range of leadership initiatives being driven by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust, managing director of Birmingham City Football Club Karen Brady offered her perspective on leadership, sharing her personal experiences with the audience.

Designed to appeal to the broadest possible range of nursing bands, 250 people registered for the master class.

'It was a pleasure to come and share my journey with such a worthwhile audience and hopefully offer a different perspective on leadership,' said Karen. 'I personally feel events such as these are a fantastic opportuntiy for learning, sharing and positive thinking.'

The idea for the masterclasses was developed following discussions between nursing directors in the Nottinghamshire health community about providing networking opportunities for development and integration of nurses from different healthcare settings, thereby improving care for patients.

Rachel Munton, executive director for nursing and allied health professionals at the trust, says the event was part of a consistent multi-level message to nurses that they are valued for their core work.

'There are abundant opportunities for nurses to become leaders and this is something we need to constantly model and not just talk about,' she says.

The events are about improving patient care, growing new leaders and preventing silo working, adds Rachel.

'Nursing is a challenging job and requires a lot of investment and personal skill, which is often underestimated, Nurses need to be resilient under a period of change and still adhere to the core values and skills of empathy and the wish to work with people.

'Nurses should value themselves, take pride in their work and have a strong sense of identity.'