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RCN Foundation consultation on amalgamation of funds

The Charity Commission approved a Scheme to amalgamate three funds held by the RCN Foundation. The funds in question are the RCN Housing Fund, the RCN Benevolent Fund and the England and Wales Education Fund into two main funds: the Benevolent Fund and the Education Fund. 

The RCN Foundation is consulting RCN members on this proposed change. 

This is an important step to make it easier for the Foundation to support more of our members by enabling us to respond to the changing education and training needs of members of the nursing community and to meet the needs of the growing number of members of the profession who need a helping hand at some point in their careers.
Having the two funds will also enable us to ensure we meet the original purposes of all the gifts we receive.  
We will be continuing to recognise all the gifts we have received over the years to the RCN Foundation and to the former RCN Charitable Trust by for example, having named awards 

Please email in comments or questions you have to rcnfoundation@rcn.org.uk. The closing date for feedback is Monday 31st July.

RCN Foundation Spring 2017 Bursary Schemes – Open (Published March 2017)

Three bursary schemes providing up to £5,000 in funding opened on 10th March 2017. 

The Professional Bursary Scheme supports individuals in learning and development activities such as post-graduate university study or professional short courses. Learning from these activities should enhance patient care, patient experience and development in nursing practice. Applications are welcome from those who wish to focus on the following two areas:

• primary care nursing 

• long term/chronic conditions 

We will fund projects focussing on a number of issues including, but not limited to, the following: obesity, mental health, children and young people’s services, older people, and dementia.

Monica Baly Bursary Scheme is awarded annually for personal development as a nursing historian and the promotion of scholarship in nursing history. The bursary is for a minimum of £300 and a maximum of £1,000, which the recipient can use to undertake activities related to the history of nursing, including courses, projects or research.

The Mair Scholarship is open to Occupational Health Nursing staff in Scotland who wish to undertake learning and development activities such as university study or professional short courses. The learning from these activities should enhance patient experience and development in nursing practice. 

Closing date: 5pm 31 May 2017

To apply and for information please click here or visit http://www.rcnfoundation.org.uk/how_we_can_help/bursary_schemes    

Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses (Published March 2017)

The RCN Foundation is joint-funding a partnership between C3, the RCN and London South Bank University that aims to increase understanding and reduce the prevalence of obesity among nurses in England. The project began in 2016 and will be running for two years. The project works directly with nurses to co-design interventions aimed at helping nurses to manage their weight. These interventions will be implemented and their effectiveness evaluated.

The early stages of the project included an evidence review, prevalence study and individual interviews.  The evidence review revealed that the most effective interventions are ongoing and use motivational techniques to encourage behaviour change and the prevalence study found that obesity amongst nurses is high – a quarter of all nurses have a BMI of 30 or over. Individual interviews with almost 200 nurses found that there is a high level of awareness of the problem of obesity among nurses and that there is also a high level of desire to lose weight among nurses. Nurses attributed weight issues to the impact of shift work on their eating patterns and the lack of breaks that increase the likelihood of snacking. 

The co-design process has begun with workshops of nurses facilitated by Uscreates, a design organisation for health and wellbeing settings. The interventions are designed in collaboration with nurses to ensure that they are practical and useful.  The project will produce three interventions to be piloted in three different settings, two NHS trusts– one mental health and community; and one acute setting and a third that could be used across a variety of  settings. 

For more information and to get involved please visit: https://www.c3health.org/win     


Launch of the RCN Foundation Wales Committee (Published March 2017) 

Prof. Jean White, Chief Nursing Officer for Wales launches RCN Foundation Wales Committee

We are pleased to announce the launch of the RCN Foundation Wales Committee. Professor Jean White, Chief Nursing Officer for Wales, launched the committee at the RCN Wales Leadership Summit on Wednesday 15 March in Cardiff. Robert Sowney, Chair of Trustees said this is an important milestone for the Foundation "This is a positive step towards ensuring that we can support even more people who need our help.  I want to thank Professor Jean White for launching the Wales Committee. I hope that her support sends a strong message to nursing professionals working in all parts of Wales that the RCN Foundation is here to support them" 

The Leadership Summit is one of the most high profile events in the RCN Wales calendar and we are grateful to RCN Wales for enabling this launch to happen during such an important event.

We are also delighted to announce the appointment of Denise Llewellyn as a Trustee of the RCN Foundation and first Chair of the Wales Committee. Our chair Robert Sowney commented " I am thrilled that Denise Llewellyn is joining us as a Trustee and first Chair of the Wales Committee. I am sure she will prove to be a great addition to the Board"  

The Wales Committee is our second country committee, with the Scotland Committee already established.  These committees will expand our work in each of the countries of the UK, and will develop effective networks of support in those countries for the work of the Foundation. 

Foundation at RCN Congress 2017 (Published March 2017)

The RCN Foundation will be attending RCN Congress 2017 in Liverpool from Saturday 13 to Wednesday 17 May.  

The Foundation will be exhibiting during the week on stand A10 where we will have exciting giveaways and some treats for you - just one way the Foundation is supporting the Nursing community.

On Saturday 13 the RCN Foundation Impact Awards will be held as part of the opening ceremony at RCN Congress. The awards are a celebration of impact achieved through the Foundations Bursary and Scholarship scheme recipients. We are delighted to announce that we will also be awarding the RCN Foundation Morag McEwan Bell Memorial Award for Outstanding Service in Palliative Care Nursing within Scotland. 

Our Fringe event will be a joint event with RCN Fellows and will take place on Sunday 14 May 2017, 17.45 and is titled: Developing a Skilled Nursing Workforce in Care Homes. 

On Monday 15 May, we will also be at Nursing Showoff which features nurses, students and health care workers using the medium of story-telling, stand-up, dressing-up and interactive fun to get you thinking about what nursing care means for providers and recipients.  Inspired by the Science Showoff chaotic cabaret series, Nursing Showoff brings together like-minded nursing souls in a safe environment to dare, share, and compare. It should be a great event, so come join us for the evening. To book your space visit https://www.rcn.org.uk/congress/agenda/nursing-showoff  tickets cost £5 with a donation to the Foundation. See you all there! 

For more information on Congress visit https://www.rcn.org.uk/congress  

Do Good and Feel AMAZING!

We couldn't continue our vital work without the people that support us. Join them today and raise money for the RCN Foundation. You will make a real difference to nursing today and the future.

There are plenty of challenges out there for you to take on! Available for you to download here. We thought we would highlight some of the most popular below.

By signing up to any of the below events, you will receive a free fundraising pack, including helpful ideas and tips, posters, balloons, stickers, sponsorship forms, t-shirt/vest and information leaflets on our work. You will also hear from one of our events team members to help guide your plans and support you with your event.

To find out more email rcnfoundation@rcn.org.uk  or call 020 7647 3622. Thank you! 


10-14 May London to Paris  

30 July -  Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 

30 August – 3rd September  London to Amsterdam 

Anytime A cycle challenge of your choice


01 May 2017 -  Belfast Marathon 

29 April & Various  Dates -   Tough Mudder 

28 May 2017 Rock’N’Roll Liverpool Marathon 

27- 28  May 2017 Edinburgh Marathon Festival 

29 May 2017 -   Vitality London 10k 

10 September 2017 -  Morrison’s Great North Run 

17 Sept Richmond Running Festival 

24 September 2017 -  Berlin Marathon 

01 October -  Cardiff Half Marathon 

08 October - Royal Parks Half Marathon 

10 October -  Great North Run

15 October -  Birmingham Marathon 

22 October - Great South Run 

29 October -  Dublin Marathon 

Anytime        A running challenge of your choice

Trekking and Walking

13 May /19 Aug / 07 Oct -  Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge 

27-28 May - London to Brighton Challenge 

1-2 July - Cotswold Way Challenge 

26-27 August - South Coast Challenge/ South Downs Way 

9-10 September - Thames Path Challenge London 


09 June 2017 -  Great North Swim 

24 June 2017 -  The Bantham Swoosh 

07- 09 July - Long Course Wales challenge events 

09 September 2017 -  Dart10k 

16 Sept 2017 - Swim Serpentine 

Contact the Events team for more information about taking part in any of these events or how to organise your own rcnfoundation@rcn.org 

Running for nurses in need - Published 20/02/2017

Lorna Mackenzie running the London Marathon 

Lorna has been a fitness fanatic for as long as she can remember and has participated in many races such as the Loch Ness Beast Race and marathons including New York. After a stint as a personal trainer, she decided to follow the healthcare path and become a nurse. Never regretted her decision as she loves what she does and is very passionate about nursing. Emergency Care is where she wishes to develop her professional career. 

In 2012 she was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect which went undiagnosed at birth – she suffered severe aortic regurgitation which meant she had to have an aortic valve replacement, resulting in open heart surgery at the Edinburgh Royal Hospital. The recovery wasn’t easy by any means. It was slow and she felt limited to what she could do. But this didn’t stop her from believing that she could one day get back into running. Through strength, determination, passion and support she got back to competing in running events soon after her operation. She still struggles and gets tired easily, feels breathless and in pain – but this doesn’t stop her -  she simply races and trains at her own pace and listens to her body. By undertaking this huge challenge, she wishes to inspire others who have gone through major operations like hers to get back out there, get fit and love life. In her own words “no matter what obstacle comes your way with determination, focus and commitment, the sky is the limit!” 

Lorna has chosen to support the RCN Foundation as her charity for this year’s London Marathon. She wants to ensure that the Foundation can continue to help nurses who are facing hardship and get the support they so badly need to get back on track. Keen to highlight our bursary scheme and our wish to improve public healthcare. She is determined to go beyond her £2,150 fundraising target and raise as much awareness as possible of the Foundations work.  

Please support however much or little you can on her justgiving page. Thank you  

Fund for Nurses in need - Published 14/12/15

Whilst we are rightly proud of the nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who have shown the true spirit and dedication of the nursing community in the aftermath of storm Desmond, we are also seriously concerned for those who have been affected by the recent floods in Scotland and northern England.

Read more here

Foundation at Congress 2015- Published 17/06/15 

The RCN Foundation will be attending RCN Congress 2015- read about what we will be doing here 

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Cavell Mountain Challenge- Published 29/05/15  

4 members of the RCN and RCN Foundation are undertaking the Cavell Mountain challenge to raise money for nurses in need 

Read more here 

 RCN Supporter runs Manchester 10k- Published 24/04/15

Long term Foundation supporter is embarking on the Morrison's Manchester 10k in support of the RCN Foundation, Sponsor her today!

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RCN Foundation release York University research- Published 15/04/15

The RCN Foundation have released the research conducted by York University into nursing in care homes. The research funded by the Foundation will inform the Foundations Future project grants scheme

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North West Region Practice Nurse Education Trust Fund- Published 7/04/15 

Are you a practice nurse?  Do you want to undertake further study or research and are looking for funds to help you?  If so, then the North West Region Practice Nurse Education Trust Fund may be able to help.

Read more here

Cavell Nurses Trust Awards- Published 31/03/15

The Cavell Nurses' Trust awards took place on the 1st April with the RCN Foundation sponsoring the Outstanding student Nurse award 

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RCN Foundation supporters host fundraising comedy night- book now. - Published 12/03/15 

To celebrate international nurses day, RCN supporters will be hosting a fundraising comedy night 

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The RCN Foundation and Florence Nightingale Foundation announce a continuation of their Travel Scholarships partnership. - Published 06.03.15

A partnership between the RCN Foundation and Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) was heralded in 2014 offering 10 Travel Scholarships of up to £5,000 each, over the three years to 2016.

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Two RCN Foundation Bursary Schemes are open providing up to £5,000 in funding. -Published 25.02.15

Two RCN Foundation bursary schemes are now open for applications. The schemes fund members of the nursing team in an activity which will benefit patient care  

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2015 Inside Out of Mind Tour Dates- Published 19.02.15

The RCN Foundation funded production of ‘Inside Out of Mind’ will start its 2015 Tour on Wednesday 18 February 2015 in Derby. The play, which the RCN Foundation supported with a project grant was the result of a study conducted in 2011 by Professor Justine Schneider and colleagues at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham. 

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Bursary for Nurses wishing to undertake communication course with Deaf patients- Published 17.02.15


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