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From open rounds of education grants, project calls and fundraising campaigns, find everything you need to know below.

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Nurses and midwives celebrated at 12th Impact Awards

We’ve profiled each award winner in these short films; take a peek into their nursing or midwifery practice here. 

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NHS nurses and midwives receive Deliveroo education grants

The RCN Foundation has distributed £300,000 to over 200 NHS healthcare staff seeking to attain new qualifications.

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Education fund for minority ethnic nurses and midwives launched

The RCN Foundation Olufunke Adeyeye Education Grant has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the family of Olufunke Adeyeye, a life-long nurse and midwife, who died in 2020.

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New funding for nurses working with children in distress

The RCN Foundation and the Leathersellers' Company are jointly launching an education grants programme that will support the mental health of children and young people in the UK.

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Run the Wizz Air Cardiff half marathon

Secure a place to run or walk the Wizz Air Cardiff half marathon in October 2022.

RCN Foundation Impact Awards 2022

Join us in celebrating our nine outstanding Impact Award winners

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Here For Life – a celebration of nurses and midwives

The RCN Foundation is proud to launch an exciting new social media campaign created in in partnership with the Chief Nursing Officers of the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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Advise the RCN Foundation grants committee

Play a vital role in supporting the Foundation's grant-making work as a voluntary External Adviser.

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Share stories of nursing with the next generation

The RCN Foundation partners with Scholastic to produce a children's book that celebrates nursing and midwifery.

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Deliveroo-RCN Foundation NHS education fund launched

Made possible by a donation from Deliveroo, raised by its customers and partners, this fund will remain open until 19 April 2022.

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Grant-making programme to support children's mental wellbeing launches

An online toolkit and education grants will support school nurses, health visitors and emergency care nurses to better support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

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RCN Foundation partners with Deliveroo to establish NHS education fund

The £300,000 fund will support the education and training of nurses, midwives and health care support workers from all corners of the UK.

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Hardship fund for nurses and midwives changing in 2022

Introducing the RCN Foundation Benevolent Service for nurses, midwives and health care support workers experiencing financial difficulties.

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Call for Grant Reviewers

The RCN Foundation is currently looking for individuals across all fields of nursing and at all levels to act as Grant Reviewers.

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Mini marathon at HMP Prescoed

The men at HMP Prescoed, an open prison in South Wales, came together and decided to complete a mini marathon to show their gratitude to the hardworking nursing professionals on site.

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Witches' stories

Read more about folk healers and midwives accused of witchcraft in Scotland 1563-1736.

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YARNS study

The RCN Foundation funded a study to review and inform the development of age-appropriate support and rehabilitation for young adults experiencing stroke.

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External Adviser to the RCN Foundation Appointments Panel

We’re recruiting! Find out more here

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New Trustees and Advisers appointed by the RCN Foundation

The RCN Foundation has appointed four new Trustees to its Board and six new Advisers to its Committees. 

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Helping Hand Scheme

RCN Foundation launches Helping Hand Scheme to support nurses, midwives, nursing associates or health care support workers who are looking to progress in their careers.

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 Funding call

RCN Foundation launches funding call to support non-specialist nurses in assessing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

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Psychological First Aid Research Project

The RCN Foundation funds study by academics from Northumbria University and the University of Highlands and Islands to evaluate the usage and efficacy of Psychological First Aid for people working in the care home sector throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Encouraging COVID-19 Vaccinations

The RCN Foundation funds study to boost uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations for people with learning/ intellectual disabilities

RCN Foundation funds historical research project

The RCN Foundation has funded a history of nursing research project to document the stories of nurses and midwives accused of witchcraft in Scotland.

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RCN Foundation COVID-19 Response

Read about how we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and helping the nursing and midwifery community through our hardship grants, mental health and wellbeing support, funding calls, projects and publications. 

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Mental health and wellbeing repository

If you are a frontline health care staff struggling with your mental health and wellbeing, here is a list of organisations that can help.

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The courage of compassion

A new report commissioned by the RCN Foundation and produced by The King’s Fund, sets out eight recommendations to address the core needs of nurses and midwives at work.

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Nurse training to enhance care for brain injury survivors

A new online course has been developed at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with the RCN Foundation to help nurses respond more effectively to the effects of neurological conditions.

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Funding Call

Funding call for applicants to develop a multi-centre study across the nations to explore the effectiveness of PFA as an intervention to support the psychological wellbeing of care home nursing teams during the COVID-19 pandemic.


RCN Foundation funds iHV programme

The RCN Foundation has awarded a grant to the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) to develop a programme to promote emotional wellbeing at work for small groups of health visitors (HV) working in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RCN Foundation launches funding call for research exploring effective leadership strategies during COVID-19 pandemic

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"Song Club" album out now

Charity album “Song Club”, which celebrates frontline workers, is released in support of the RCN Foundation COVID-19 Support Fund

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COVID-19 Support Fund Impact Stories

Read about how we are supporting frontline health care staff through our COVID-19 Support Fund Grants

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RCN Foundation Impact Awards 2020

We are delighted to shine a light on our eight outstanding Impact Award winners who, by developing and enhancing their practice, have made an outstanding contribution to the health, wellbeing and care of patients throughout the UK.

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Jefferies donation to COVID-19 Support Fund

International financial services group Jefferies International Ltd has donated $100,000 to the RCN Foundation COVID-19 Support Fund in memory of their late CFO, Peg Broadbent

BalikBayani fundraiser in aid of Filipino healthcare workers

A group of friends have set up a fundraising campaign to run, walk and exercise a combined total of 11,000 km in honour of Filipino healthcare workers who have lost their life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Covers for Others

Music initiative Covers for Others has raised £14,368 to date to support frontline nursing staff – through the RCN Foundation’s COVID-19 Support Fund.

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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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RCN Foundation 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.   


LV Donates to COVID-19 Support Fund

Insurance company LV= have generously donated to the RCN Foundation COVID-19 Support Fund.