Ways the RCN Foundation can help during COVID-19 

As a charity solely dedicated to championing the nursing team, the RCN Foundation remains more committed than ever to fulfilling our purpose of supporting and strengthening nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the public. From streamlining our hardship grants to offering research and education grants, here are the various ways we can help nurses, midwives and nursing support workers during the COVID-19 crisis.


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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Covid-19 Support Fund

Right now, thousands of nurses, midwives and health care support workers across the UK are at the forefront of battling Covid-19. In these unprecedented times, the nursing community is facing significant challenges, not only in continuing to provide excellent patient care on the frontline, but potentially facing personal hardship and the significant psychological implications of the crisis.   

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Ways we can help during Covid-19

Ways we can help nurses, midwives and nursing support workers during this difficult and unprecedented time.

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Spring Grants Round Now Open

RCN Foundation has today opened its spring round of education and career development grants.

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Brain injury nurse specialists could save the NHS £3.6m per year

With brain injury affecting more than two million people in the UK, a new report shows training more specialist nurses to help young people who have experienced brain injury could result in significant cost savings for the NHS. 

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RCN Foundation gives major boost to Care Homes Network

The RCN Foundation has announced a major funding boost to the Care Homes Network launched last year by the Queen’s Nursing Institute and the Chief Nursing Officer (England).

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Recruiting for a Scotland-based Trustee

The RCN Foundation is recruiting for a Scotland-based Trustee to join our Board. 

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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 Disabilities 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