The RCN Foundation is committed to supporting and strengthening nursing. We're here to support every member of the nursing team as they care for patients and improve the UK's health and wellbeing.

We're part of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Group. But you don't have to be an RCN member to receive our support. As an independent charity, we're here for every current and former nurse, midwife and health care assistant, as well as students and nursing associates.

Our grants for nursing-led research and projects, as well as education and hardship, support professionals to innovate, develop their careers and get through tough times.

We champion the nursing team and its achievements, celebrating the difference it makes to peoples' lives. Everything we do is based on solid evidence, and we share our vital insights to help improve practice.

Recent news and events from the RCN Foundation

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Funding awarded for brain injury rehabilitation research

The RCN Foundation has awarded funding to a unique research project that will explore and analyse the diverse experiences and unmet needs of young adults recovering from an acquired brain injury (ABI) or stroke.

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New Vacancy at the RCN Foundation

We are seeking an innovative and inspirational Head of Grants and Impact to oversee, manage and deliver a grant-giving portfolio of around 1 million GBP per annum. Our grant-making covers hardship, education, innovation, and research and practice development projects. Demonstrating the impact of our grant-making on nursing, patient care, and healthcare more generally will be a key element of this role.

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Call for applications for Learning Disability nursing research

The RCN Foundation is calling for applicants to undertake a scoping project that will identify nursing led/ nursing centred interventions that are in place to address the changing needs of the population living with learning disabilities.

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Call for neuro rehab education programme development applications

The RCN Foundation is working with the brain injury recovery charity SameYou, to call for applicants to develop an advanced practice education programme for nurses in the specialism of neurological rehabilitation, particularly aimed at those aged 18 to 40 years.

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Autumn Grants Round Now Open

Apply now for an education or career development grant for a course starting in 2020

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Upcoming Event: RCNF Annual Lecture

Join us on 10 October for the RCN Foundation's Annual Lecture, where we chat with award-winning author Nathan Filer on World Mental Health Day. 

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Upcoming Event: Care Home Summit

This summit on 23 September will explore and highlight the many ways that the nursing team continues to achieve excellent outcomes for residents within care homes.


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Emilia Clarke and RCN Foundation announce education programme

The RCN Foundation will partner with Emilia Clarke's brain injury charity SameYou as it leads the roll-out of a new education programme from 2020 focused on neurorehabiliation.