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Dahl charity offers nurses innovation grants

Research grants are being made available to nurses by a children’s charity set up by the author of George’s Marvellous Medicine and other well known books.

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity has opened a new round of grants for nurses who have an innovative idea for improving the lives of children with haematological or neurological conditions.

It is offering grants worth up to £7,500 to pay for nurses to develop and deliver their own research and development project. Up to 15 grants are available nationwide, open to any UK-based children’s nurse working in neurology or haematology.

The grants are the centrepiece of the “Different Disciplines, Common Experience” programme, which aims to improve the experiences and outcomes for children with haematological or neurological conditions.

The nurse-led programme is now in its third year and is a partnership between Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and the Burdett Trust for Nursing. As well as trying out new ways to care for and support children, the programme also helps to increase the research and leadership skills of the nurses taking part, enhancing the status of specialist nurses.

Felicity Dahl, the founder of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, said: “Roald placed a very high value on specialist nurses, as do I – based on our own experiences of their care. 

“So far the Marvellous Children’s Charity has helped create 47 specialist paediatric nurse posts in acquired brain injury, blood disorders and epilepsy – and we want to do much more to improve the lives of sick children.” 

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm Monday 16 July.

Nurses can find out more and download the Expression of Interest form from the charity’s website.

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