Posted on: 26 March 2021

Congratulations to our three new CNWL Nurse Fellows, appointed through a competitive process.

In this first year, we have focused the Chief Nurse Fellowship on mental health nursing with a particular emphasis on supporting BAME nurses to develop their nursing leadership skills to support career progression and the profile of mental health nursing.

We are delighted to announce that the three new Fellows are:

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Clarence Gwashavanhu, who works in London CAMHs






NF Yvone Kayiya 2 Capture.PNGYvonne Kayiya, who works in the MK perinatal services





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Phanuel Mtape, who works in the MK Hospital Liaison Team






Working with the Chief Nurse and Directors of Nursing for each division, the fellowship will offer developmental opportunities for these three excellent nurses, across the Trust.

Fellows will develop their nursing leadership and influencing skills, and help strengthen the identity of mental health nursing, building resilience in the mental health nursing workforce. They will be key to promoting a culture of learning and innovation in mental health services across CNWL, with particular focus on patient safety, safe staffing, nursing excellence and patient experience initiatives.

Each will be seconded, two days per week for a 12-month period and will have a Trust-wide role, starting in May.

Maria O’Brien, Chief Nurse, said, “The calibre of applications in this first year was so high that we identified additional funding to create a third post. I would like to thank all those who expressed interest in the roles during this first year and encourage all Band7/8a nurses to think about applying for future cohorts. This Fellowship Programme will provide a unique experience for these nurses to advance mental health nursing excellence and to raise the profile and unique contribution mental health nurses make both within CNWL and beyond. As part of the programme, the Fellows will lead on Trust-wide nursing projects and I am excited to be working with them to shape and develop the programme for this first and future years”.

Louise Morton, Nursing Director (for Diggory Division), said, “This is fantastic initiative for nursing at CNWL. It highlights the organisation’s commitment to the professional development of nursing leaders, and to promoting the critical contribution of nursing in the changing landscape of mental healthcare delivery. The Fellowship provides the opportunity for the Fellows to engage in a bespoke coaching and nursing leadership development programme, and to work with leaders across the Trust, and in regional and national networks. I am so pleased that we are able to offer this exciting programme and look forward to working with our new Chief Nurse Fellows!”