This new approach to leadership focuses on how students can develop your leadership skills right from the start of their nursing programme through to transitioning to their first role. The book first takes students through the underpinning knowledge and theory and then through practical skills to help them understand all aspects of leadership and how it is a key component of providing quality care to patients in a range of environments and settings. Real stories from nursing leaders, practitioners and students are included to inspire students and show them how they can impact positively on practice, whatever level they are working at. Key features include:  • Real life focus, grounded in everyday practice, with lots of case studies and examples to help students see how theory relates to practice  • Activities to help students reflect about their own practice, and about themselves as leaders  • Video interviews with nurse leaders and students on the companion website  • Further reading and links to journal articles in both the book and more on the companion website help students delve deeper and prepare for assessments.

Policy Perspective: Students as the future generation of leaders

Policy Perspective: Students as the future generation of leaders

Policy Perspective: Students as the future generation of leaders
Lizzie Jelfs

Chapter learning outcomes

On completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Define policy and explain the basic health policy-making structures across the UK.
  • Identify some of the core assumptions and biases that have a particular impact on policy for nursing.
  • Understand major current health policy trends that have a particular bearing on nursing and articulate some of the implications for future nursing leaders.
  • Explain a range of core components for influencing policy and apply that knowledge through case studies of policy influencing.

Key concepts

Health policy, nursing policy, politics, influencing skills


Be honest, did you see the title of this chapter and inwardly groan? Policy often conjures up ...

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