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Nurses working with ADHD patients able to apply for bursary

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All nurses – specialist and non-specialist – who support people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are being urged to apply for a bursary to help fund a project or initiative.

Pharmaceutical company Shire UK has opened entries for its 2015 Nursing Bursary Awards in ADHD.

Shire said it wanted to recognise the “commitment and dedication” of nurses working in ADHD, and to support the “outstanding contribution” they made to their patients and communities.

“I’d encourage all nurses who think they’re on to something to just apply”

Carol Cartwright

Since their inauguration in 2010, the awards have supported 22 projects. These include initiatives to support the transition from primary to secondary school, and resources to improve the identification and management of ADHD in adults.

A spokeswoman told Nursing Times that bursaries would be awarded based on clinical need and what the nurse requests in the application form, up to the value of £1,500 per entrant.

The entries will be judged by an independent panel including ADHD nurse specialist Lyndsey Forsyth, and community nurse specialists Jo Burgess and Carol Cartwright – last year’s winner.

Ms Cartwright, a community ADHD nurse from Ayrshire, used her 2014 bursary to set up a regional conference for parents and carers of children with ADHD to share their personal stories, build confidence and allow them to learn from each other and professionals.

She said: “All too often nurses don’t realise that they’re doing something out of the ordinary within their service and that the ideas they have – no matter how big or small – really are worthy of an award.

“I’d encourage all nurses who think they’re on to something to just apply,” she said.

Shire UK general manager Nicola Massey added: “These awards mean that any nurse with an idea for improving care – be it on a local, regional or national level – now has an opportunity to make that idea a reality.”

Applications for bursary awards should be made online. The deadline for applications is 17 April and the winners will be announced in May.

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