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Nurses urged to apply for funding to improve health for BME communities

Nurses with ideas for healthcare projects to improve health outcomes of black and minority ethic communities are being encouraged to apply for funding

Nurses with ideas for healthcare projects to improve health outcomes of black and minority ethic (BME) communities are being encouraged to apply for funding.

The Mary Seacole Awards, set up in 2004 and funded by Health Education England, is inviting applicants to apply for development and leadership awards.

They are awarded in association with the RCN, Royal College of Midwives, Unison and Unite with support from NHS Employers.

Opportunities

RCN executive nurse network lead Christine McKenzie said the awards offered opportunities for nurses to shape and inform research and influence outcomes.

Speaking at the RCN International Nursing Research Conference in Oxford on Thursday, Ms McKenzie said: It is important to ensure that when we look at

Nurses with ideas for healthcare projects to improve health outcomes of black and minority ethic (BME) communities are being encouraged to apply for funding.


Mental Health Nurse Sarah Amani has helped develop a mobile phone app called My Journey
for young mental health service users. Picture: David Gee

The Mary Seacole Awards, set up in 2004 and funded by Health Education England, is inviting applicants to apply for development and leadership awards.

They are awarded in association with the RCN, Royal College of Midwives, Unison and Unite with support from NHS Employers.

Opportunities

RCN executive nurse network lead Christine McKenzie said the awards offered opportunities for nurses to shape and inform research and influence outcomes.

Speaking at the RCN International Nursing Research Conference in Oxford on Thursday, Ms McKenzie said: ‘It is important to ensure that when we look at health and social care, we are thinking about how it impacts on BME communities.’

Mary Seacole scholar Sarah Amani spoke about her 2011 project to ensure Nepalese communities in Hampshire had access to mental health services.

This initially involved a population of around 96,000. Six years on, she says she is doing the same work for an entire southern region for all ethnicities with a population of about 15 million.

The closing date for the 2017-18 entries is 5pm on 5 May.

Find out more here.


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