National Junior Leadership Academy for Nursing Students 2013

The National Junior Leadership Academy aims to identify potential nursing leaders in the early stages of their career journey and nurture their knowledge, attitude and skills through mentoring and internships.

Three students from the Institute of Health Professions, Nikki Pountney, Lucy-Marie Jones and Claire Allsopp, have been selected to attend the prestigious National Junior Leadership Academy after a rigorous application process; and one, Tamara Chimiak, has been selected to be a peer mentor.

The National Junior Leadership Academy is led by Stacy Johnson and Dr Aru Narayanasamy, University of Nottingham and University of Wolverhampton's own Professor Laura-Serrant Green.

NEWS UPDATE: The National Junior Leadership Academy has been shortlisted for Teaching Innovation of the Year in the Student Nursing Times Awards 2014.

Who is the National Junior Leadership Academy for?

The National Junior Leadership Academy is aimed at high performing pre-registration nursing students who feel they have leadership potential. Any nursing student in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can apply as long as they have ten months or more remaining on their course of study at the time of application. Students can self nominate and apply independently.

What will the Junior Leadership Academy programme involve?

The pilot academy contains just ten remarkable nursing students from across the United Kingdom and will involve:

  • Leadership Retreats: participants will attend a three day residential leadership retreat in August followed by a two day residential leadership retreat in December.
  • Mentorship: each participant will be assigned to a senior national nursing leader who will act as their Leadership Mentor.
  • Internship: each participant will have a two week policy/leadership internship period with their Leadership Mentor in a nursing related organisation.
  • Leadership Networks: the cohort of 10 will be split into three leadership peer networks which will meet in between the leadership retreats and the internship period to work on pre negotiated tasks. 

Our students

Nikki Pountney

Lucy-Marie Jones

Claire Allsopp

Tamara Chimiak