Project Grants 

The RCN Foundation project grants scheme makes an impact on the lives and careers of the nursing community and on the general public by addressing public and community health issues. 

In recent years the Foundation has funded a range of projects to support nursing and improve care. The York University research project explored CPD issues within care home nursing, the dementia project created guidelines for working with patients with dementia. Inside out of Mind explored issues around dementia care through an innovative play and created material for training the wider nursing community. 

The largest grant to date has been towards the creation of Europe’s largest nursing specific library in the RCN Library and heritage centre which attracts nursing professionals and the general public. 

Currently, the RCN Foundation is joint-funding a partnership between C3, RCN, London South Bank University  and the Burdett Trust for Nursing that is aiming to increase the understanding, and, address issues nurses have in achieving a healthy weight among nurses in England. The project began in early 2016 and will be running for two years. The project works directly with obese nurses to co-design interventions that they think might help nurses achieve a healthy weight, these interventions will be implemented and their effectiveness evaluated. For more information and to get involved please visit: 

End of life care project 

The RCN Foundation is working in partnership with UCL Partners and Macmillan Cancer Care on a quality improvement project to test and learn about the implementation and use of the ReSPECT process in three care homes, an acute hospital site, aligned primary care practices and the ambulance service. The project will take place across various parts of London.

ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) is a new national process that creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choices. The project will also test the use of educational materials on the ReSPECT process including a web based app and face to face training. The web app was launched earlier this year at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo and is available free from

End of Life Care (EOLC) has been the subject of increasing focus throughout the NHS following the Neuberger Review in 2012. High quality care of patients who are at risk of acute deterioration requires compassionate, competent communication and shared decision-making to establish the patients’ preferences and wishes, and to discuss the type of care that will be provided should they deteriorate. 

Currently, there is no unified process for EOLC in London which is valid across different care settings e.g. acute and primary care, hospices and care homes. This results in differing decisions, repeated and sometimes difficult conversations that are complex and time intensive, care that is contrary to previous decisions or the wishes of the individual, and potential confusion and distress for the individual and those important to them. 

This project will therefore test the effectiveness of the ReSPECT process and associated educational materials in London. Expected outcomes include: increased knowledge and confidence amongst nurses around emergency care and treatment planning; empowering and supporting nurses to engage in joint decision-making conversations with patients and their families to ensure their wishes are met in emergency situations; and an increase in patient and relatives’ involvement and satisfaction with emergency care and treatment planning.

The project will take place from June 2017 to August 2018

We will provide further details about the project as it develops, but for more details please contact Katie Slater, the Foundation’s Grants Manager.

In autumn 2016, the RCN Foundation invited expressions of interest to undertake a project aimed at supporting nursing in care homes in Scotland. Following a rigorous selection process, two projects were chosen to receive funding. Below is a summary of one of  the two projects.

Reshaping Care Home Care: Listening & Learning with Older Persons, Queen Margaret University

This is a practice development initiative aimed at enabling nursing teams in two care homes within the Randolph Hill (RH) Nursing Homes Group in Scotland to improve the experience of care for older persons through real time listening and learning.  

The project builds on the Listening & Learning pilot project that was undertaken in two NHS Trusts in England. The pilot project focused on listening to feedback from older patients in acute settings and addressing this feedback to prevent issues from becoming formal complaints so as to improve patient care. The QMU project will take the learning from the pilot and apply this to a care home setting. The project will help nursing staff develop their skills by applying the Listening & Learning model. The project both develops nursing practice within care homes and aims to improve patient care. 

The project will be delivered through a series of two hour practice development workshops that take place in the two RH care homes every four to six weeks; plus site visits, telephone and email support between workshops. The workshop format enables a wide range of learning about care experience and real time feedback methods. Project members will learn to influence other team members to take part in listening and learning activities as part of their usual work.  

The project will take place from July 2017 to June 2018.


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