Pathway To Excellence®

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire is now in the pre-survey phase of our journey towards Pathway to Excellence® designation.

We have submitted our document to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), containing may examples of nursing and midwifery excellence from across our organisation, and are now looking ahead to the survey phase of our journey.


What is Pathway to Excellence®

The Pathway to Excellence® programme is a framework for nursing and midwifery excellence, aiming to create a positive practice environment for our staff that improves nurse satisfaction, recruitment and retention. 

It is recognised globally as enabling excellence within our professions, instilling a strong sense of professional pride and offers proven strategies to help ensure that the care that we deliver to our patients and populations is of the highest caliber. 

The Pathway to Excellence® programme aligns closely with CNO for England’s national vision to establish a country wide collective leadership model, with a focus on transformational leadership, research and innovation.



There are Six Pathway to Excellence® Standards

  • Shared Decision-Making

  • Leadership

  • Safety

  • Quality

  • Wellbeing

  • Professional Development

These standards are the fundamentals in developing a positive practice environment.

The elements of performance for each standard impact a range of factors that influence bottom line results, such as reduced employee turnover, increased job satisfaction and staff engagement, improvements in nursing and midwifery sensitive quality indicators, safety events, productivity and ultimately patient satisfaction.

Our nurses and midwives operating on the front line of healthcare are dedicated to protecting, promoting and improving care for all, to do this to the best of their ability you need to operate in an environment that supports staff needs and promotes the highest standards. 

Pathway to Excellence®  offers us the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to establishing a healthy workplace for staff and embedding a culture of positive practice.