Leader (Advanced Level) Programme

This programme is aimed at Emergency Nurses working within or developing in a leadership/nurse in charge role.  It supports development towards working at an Advanced Level. This level is supported by our Leader programme and competencies (formerly known as Member (MFEN) level).

What is included in the programme?  To work at an advanced level as a Sister/Charge Nurse or CNM 1or 11, we would recommend that you use three of our Programmes of Education:

1. Clinical Programme: The 89 webinars from this programme is available as recordings plus we provide a monthly live webinar on the first Tuesday of the month (except January and August) 19:00 to 21:00 hrs.  The live sessions will either present an updated version of a previous webinar or a new topic that supports clinical practice. 

2. Leader Programme:  The 32 webinars recordings from this programme provide the topics that support someone taking charge of an area of the emergency care setting in which they work, as well as managing /supervising/ advising the team. Plus we provide a monthly live webinar on the second Thursday of the month (except January and August) 19:00 to 21:00 hrs. The live sessions will either present an updated version of a previous webinar r a new topic that supports the leader/manager role. 

3. Assessor Programme. As assessment of others is very much part the leader/manager role; our 15 recorded webinars provide the underpinning knowledge on how to assess others and how to mark written work – which is very much a new skill to many working at this level. The webinars take a logical, step-by-step approach, demonstrating how to assess in practice and the decisions involved. We also provide a monthly live webinar/ meeting on the third Thursday of the month (excluding December and August) 19:00 to 21:00. These sessions will either present an updated version of a previous webinar, hold a panel discussion on how to use an assessment tool or facilitate networking and an opportunity for attendees to raise any issues or concerns, as well as having any questions answered. These sessions have open access as we recognise that some of our assessors may not have access to the education bundle. 

When can I start the programmes?  You can start at any time, today, tomorrow, next week or next month, as long as you or your organisation has purchased an Education Bundle for you. You gain access to the webinars on completion of registration.

Does this level have a Regulated Accredited Qualification?  The clinical programme does have one, it is our Level 6 Diploma in Emergency Nursing which provides 120 credits at an Enhanced Level of Practice which is commensurate with BSc Hons or Post Grad Diploma. Our Level 7 Diploma in Emergency Nursing Regulated Accredited Qualification is currently under development and it is anticipated that it will be available early in 2024. We would recommend that someone wishing to undertake our Level 7 Qualification without doing the Level 6 first, Self Assesses and should be able to achieve some 80% of the assessment criteria. For nurses working in Scotland, the level 6 qualification is equivalent to your level 10 and our Level 7 Qualification equivalent to your Level 11. For nurses working in Ireland, the level 6 qualification is equivalent to your level 8 and our level 7 equivalent to your Level 9.

Our qualifications will provide credits on the Credit & Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW) and Ofqual which is mapped – like other European Countries – to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). To see how qualifications can cross boundaries across the UK and Ireland the following link may be helpful: qccb-web-oct-2019.pdf (scqf.org.uk)

How much does this Cost  £36 per year for CPD Element; Qualifications will incur an extra fee.


Any queries about membership or website access please contact us

The following recorded webinars are available

Introduction to programmeMajor internal incidents
Role of Emergency Department shift leaderClinical assessment frameworks
Prioritising careQuality improvement processes
Organising my own workloadAudit masterclass
Organising workload of othersExcel masterclass
Managing a day shift – exerciseDebriefing
Decision-making/Problem-solvingEarly Warning Scores
Legal considerations – Capacity & consentTriage scales
Risk assessingManaging transfer of care
Policy writingPain management – getting it right
Procedure writingLearning from adverse incidents
Writing a Standard Operating ProcedureLearning from complaints
Managing challenging behaviour – patients who are cognitively impairedManaging resources available
Managing challenging behaviour – alcohol-inducedInterviewing skills
Managing challenging behaviour – drug-inducedSafeguarding members of staff
Human Factors ISafeguarding members of staff
Human Factors 2Complex needs assessment
The Art of DelegationFrequent attenders & high impact users
The Art of NegotiationChange management
Emotional & psychological reactions to sudden illness/injuryAdapting communication to your audience
Documentation & information governanceCourageous conversations
Managing conflict between staff (MPT)Equity & dignity
Managing conflict between patient & staffEnd-of-life dilemmas
Managing conflict between patients’ relatives and staffReport-writing
Stress, coping skills and resilienceEmpowering others
How to survive a night shift in charge

Course fee

£72 Two years FEN membership required, payment to be received prior to course registration.

This includes access to own FEN member CPDme e-portfolio, live weekly zoom webinars and a LMS of all past recordings of webinars.

Accreditation fee – the finalised MFEN competency units are currently under development, we will be informing members of more details when the qualification is finalised and available.

The webinar education programme is open access to AFEN/MFEN members and can be completed without submitting a portfolio but to achieve full MFEN accreditation you will need to complete a portfolio of evidence for:

Three compulsory units:

Compulsory Group A – Must complete both

Core Competencies for Working in Emergency Care Settings
Psychological Care of Patients in Emergency Care Settings

Compulsory Group B – Choose one

Care of Adults and Older People in Emergency Care Settings
Care of Children and Younger People in Emergency Care Settings

One optional units:

Care of Patients with Non-Life/Non-Limb Threatening Injuries
Care of Patients with Major Trauma
Care of Patients in the Pre Hospital Care Environment
Care of Patients in a Major Incident

Clinical assessment must be undertaken in the workplace. A portfolio of practice must be developed which will include workplace based assessments, case based discussions, annotated clinical notes, audits of notes. Once complete portfolios should be submitted to the Internal Quality Assurance Board for verification and award of qualification. (Optional fees apply for accreditation).

To access the programme of MFEN webinars please ensure you have purchased our AFEN/MFEN membership or are a corporate funded member, you will have instant access to the programme and qualification documents, you will also receive weekly invite links to the upcoming live lectures via Zoom.