Specialist nurses are being invited to apply for grants of up to £15,000 each to research ways of improving care for children with long-term conditions.
The scheme, announced by Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, will provide 12 nurses with funding over three years.
“Nurses are brilliantly placed to spot new ideas for improvements”
The charity is working with the Burdett Trust for Nursing to provide the grants, which will enable nurses to try out an idea, put it into practice and share the results.
The programme – dubbed the Marvellous Nurse Inventing Room – will prioritise helping children with rare or undiagnosed illnesses and focus on new ways to build emotional resilience.
“All good children’s nurses see the child, not the condition. This insight, combined with day-to-day experiences at the frontline of care, makes nurses brilliantly placed to spot new ideas for improvements,” said Richard Piper chief executive of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.
Eileen Sills, a trustee of the Burdett Trust for Nursing and chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, said the scheme was a chance for specialists nurses to “draw upon their perception, passion and professionalism”.
“With the growing emphasis on the need to both improve quality of care and reduce costs within the NHS, nurses need to be inventive too,” she said.
“This is a welcome opportunity for specialist children’s nurses to flex their creativity and carry out practical research,” she added.
Participants, who are encouraged to submit applications as part of a team, will get advice on various aspects of their projects.
The deadline for proposals is July 14. More information is available from the charity’s website.