Funding of up to £250,000 for is being made available for projects that will improve nurse retention and leadership as part of two new grant programmes.
The programmes, set up by independent charitable organisation the Burdett Trust, will see investment given to nurse-led projects which either help to boost retention through innovative new methods or focus on strengthening leadership among the profession.
The charity noted national bodies including workforce planning organisation Health Education England had identified workforce retention as the most important issue in providing effective and productive healthcare in the UK.
Grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 will be available for initiatives that look at retaining a “skilled and resilient workforce” that is “committed to delivering the highest level of patient care”.
Those applying will need to show the impact of the work will be of a significant scale and that it will involve organisations working in partnership or in consortium.
Meanwhile grants from £10,000 to £50,000 will be handed out to projects that demonstrate “the development and expansion of nurse leadership in clinical care, environment of care, social care and education”.
Projects should fall into one of four categories – educating, developing, mentoring or empowering - and all must be nurse-led.
Applications must be submitted via the online application form which will be available at the beginning of August.
The deadline for applications is 3 September.