2012 news archive

RCN staff raise funds at quiz night

30 November 2012


RCN staff members held a quiz night recently, with all proceeds going to the RCN Foundation Benevolent Fund.  Staff enjoyed a fun night of guessing famous faces and answering tricky questions, while raising £125 for the RCN Foundation Benevolent Fund.

RCN Foundation at Royal College of Nursing AGM

19 October 2012

Were you at the Royal College of Nursing’s AGM this year? As well as hearing about the RCN’s performance over the past year, members were also given the opportunity to learn more about the RCN Foundation. Visitors to our stand were able to find out more about the bursaries and scholarships we offer, the RCN Foundation Benevolent Fund and how it helps nurses in times of hardship, and our grants programme which funds research and practice development.


You can find out more about all our initiatives right here, on our website.

Exceptional nurses and midwives recognised at Mary Seacole Awards

17 October 2012

Six nurses, midwives and health visitors have been recognised for their contribution to black and ethnic minority (BME) communities at the Mary Seacole Leadership and Development Awards ceremony.

The prestigious awards provide winners with the opportunity to undertake a year-long project to benefit the health needs of people from BME communities. There are two award programmes: the Mary Seacole Leadership Awards, which provide funding of up to £12,500 and the Mary Seacole Development Awards, which provide funding of up to £6,250. 

Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary, said: “During challenging times it is more important than ever to strive for excellence, which is what Mary Seacole did during her work in the Crimean War, and these winners provide a great example for all nurses to follow.”

The awards were established in 1994 in honour of Mary Seacole, to mark her significant contribution to nursing in the 19th century. The RCN works in partnership with the Department of Health, NHS Employers, Unison, the Royal College of Midwives and Unite to jointly fund the awards programme. 

Mary Seacole Leadership Awards 2012/2013

  • Dr Gloria Likupe, Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull.
    Project:  Developing a communication model for ethnic minority elders and health care workers. 
  • Fiona McGregor, Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Nurse/ Honorary Research Associate for Women’s Health, UCL, Central and North West London Foundation Trust.
    Project: Developing a policy based on NICE to improve sexual health outcomes for vulnerable under 18 year old BME groups in a community reproductive sexual health service.  <</LI>

Mary Seacole Development Awards 2012/2013

  • Desiree Campbell-Richards, Diabetes Research Nurse, Barts Health NHS Trust, London
    Project: An exploration of factors influencing diabetes outpatient attendance amongst Bengali, Pakistani and African patients in an Inner London Borough.
  • Kelly Hylton, Gateway Worker (Registered Mental Nurse), Six Degrees Social Enterprise CIC, Salford.
    Project: Improving clinical engagement and outcomes for BME communities experiencing common mental health problems in primary care using an approach called take control.
  • Anita John, Practice Development Matron, Head and Neck Directorate, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
    Project:  Understand the barriers and incentives to diabetic retinopathy screening among south Asian population in Nottinghamshire.
  • Olwyn Lidster, Community Psychiatric Nurse – Substance Misuse Services, Bradford District Care Trust.
    Project: Improving health outcomes for Gypsy and Traveller communities.

Apply now for bursary schemes

Two bursaries under the RCN Foundation are currently accepting applications.

The Professional Bursary Scheme provides individual bursaries of up to £5,000 to support recipients to develop their practice and provide them with the skills to deliver the very best possible advice, support and care to patients.

In this call for applications, the RCN Foundation has dedicated £60,000 to the enhancement of care practice in the UK in the following areas: 

  • Care of older people
  • Care of patients with dementia
  • Primary care nurse development
  • Care of people with long term/chronic conditions with a particular focus on obesity and diabetes

Applications for The Professional Bursary Scheme close on 9 November 2012.

If you’re a recently qualified nurse who was, as a student member of the RCN, actively involved in the work of the RCN, you could apply for the Kershaw Educational Bursary for recently qualified nurses.
Sponsored by a grant from Professor Dame Betty Kershaw and her family, the funding can be used to fund course modules, attendance at an accredited conference, a contribution to degree fees or a professional visit.

Applications for the Kershaw Educational Bursary close on 1 November 2012.

For full eligibility details and application forms, please visit www.rcnfoundation.org.uk/bursary_scheme.

UCLan supports the RCN Foundation Benevolent Fund for the third year running

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has fundraised for the RCN Foundation Benevolent Fund as part of their Nurses' Day activities for the past three years.  Below, Senior Lecturer Sabina Sattar tells why the RCN Foundation is their chosen charity.


Senior Lecturer Sabina Sattar (centre), together with UCLan students and staff, held a bake sale to raise money for the RCN Benevolent Fund.

"Are you thinking about fundraising for the RCN Foundation?  Are you unsure where to start? Our approach is to approach it with passion, determination and most of all to make it FUN!!  UCLan students and staff from the School of Health have chosen to fundraise for the RCN Foundation as part of our Nurses Day celebrations for the past three years. 

The RCN Foundation was an easy choice!  Why?  As the work they do benefits nurses and what better cause to support as part of the Nurses Day celebrations.  At UCLan, we choose to mark Nurses' Day by holding an annual event which consists of some all familiar fundraising activities.  Over the past years students and staff have fundraised through poster competitions, bake sales, text book sales, a three peak challenge, tombola, joke book  sales, quizzes and many more fundraising activities.

It is important to raise awareness about the RCN Benevolent fund and to raise the profile of the event through any contacts we have.  We try and get everybody involved!  The students and staff have networked with other Schools and Departments in the University to try and get more people involved.  The RCN Congress is also a good opportunity for students to speak to exhibitors to see if they are willing to donate prizes which can be used as part of the event.  Over the past three years UCLan School of Health have donated in excess of £2300 to the RCN Benevolent fund.  It is an opportunity to celebrate the work that nurses do and shows the motivation and passion of new student nurses – the nurses of the future. 

The planning for next year’s UCLan Nurses' Day event has already started and we hope to continue to support the RCN Benevolent fund." 

Sabina Sattar
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, UCLan.

RCN Congress – meet the Foundation trustees

16 May 2012

The RCN Foundation has had an impressive presence at RCN Congress this week.   Read about meeting the RCN Foundation’s trustees on the Congress news pages.

Foundation bursaries presented at RCN Congress

14 May 2012

Last night at RCN Congress the RCN Foundation recognised those receiving an RCN Foundation bursary award, which are awarded to individuals who wish to join the nursing profession, or expand their knowledge in the field.

You can read about the inspiring individuals who attended the awards ceremony here.

RCN Benevolent Fund once again the RCN President's Charity

14 May 2012

RCN President Andrea Spyropoulos

This year RCN President Andrea Spyropoulos has once again chosen the RCN Benevolent Fund as her nominated charity. The fund was set up to help members of the nursing team in need because of adversity, retirement, ill health, disability, family breakdown or changes to employment.

The fundraising will continue throughout the year, but those attending RCN Congress in Harrogate this week can look out for collecting tins. Find out more about donating to the RCN Benevolent Fund here, and you can also read about how you can fundraise for the RCN Benevolent Fund.

The Foundation at RCN Congress

13 May 2012

Are you attending RCN Congress this year?  Come along to Hall D, where the RCN Foundation is supporting the internet cafe.   Our staff and Trustees will be at Congress to talk to you about what we do and what we have to offer.

We are also launching our new grants programme.

Find out more about Congress at www.rcn.org.uk/congress.

Mair Scholarship 2012 

25 April 2012

Are you a nurse currently working in the field of occupational health in Scotland?  If so, you are invited to apply for the 2012 Mair Scholarship which awards financial assistance to occupational health nurses to enhance the high standard of practice in Scotland.

You may apply to the scholarship fund for a variety of purposes and we are keen to encourage applications for a range of activities.  You may, for example, be undertaking an evaluation of an OH practice ot researching an aspect of OH nursing.

To download an application form please go to the Bursaries section of our website. Alternatively you can email Jan Gorman at jan.gorman@rcn.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 23 May and interviews will be held in Edinburgh on Friday 15 June.