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Nurses and students invited to apply for charity awards and funding

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Nursing charity the Cavell Nurses’ Trust is inviting nurses and midwives, including students, from across the UK to apply for its 2017 awards scheme.

The annual awards are designed to celebrate the contribution of nurses and midwives, with three awards available for qualified staff.

Two are new this year, the International Impact award and Excellence in Care for Older People awards recognise great courage, compassion and care.

Meanwhile, student applicants having the opportunity to win a share of over £10,000 in travel placement funding and computer technology. There are six student awards in total.

Simon Knighton, chair of Cavell Nurses’ Trust, said: “We are delighted to be able to expand the Cavell Awards for 2017, highlighting the extremely important work that UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants do on a daily basis.”

Last year’s winner of the Outstanding Student Nurse Award, Cara Sturgess, recently returned from her placement in the psychiatry department at Western Visayas Medical Centre in the Philippines.

Ms Sturgess, who is studying at Southampton University, travelled to the Philippines for four weeks to work with the mental health team there, as well as working in the emergency room.

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Nurses invited to apply for charity awards and funding

Cara Sturgess

She said: “I have never found myself surrounded by so many generous and welcoming people, something which made my trip all the more unforgettable.

“Thank you so much to Cavell Nurses Trust for giving me this opportunity that will undoubtedly enhance my practice as a nurse,” she added. Ms Sturgess has made a video of her experience.

The Cavell Awards are open now and close for entries on February 15 2017. Visit the charity’s website to apply and for more information.

The Cavell Awards 2017 are sponsored by NHS Professionals, the National Gardens Scheme and Alexandra, with others waiting to be confirmed.

The charity gives money and support to nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants when they are experiencing financial hardship, often because of illness, domestic abuse, disability and older age.

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