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Apply now for the Mary Seacole awards to improve health of people from black and minority ethnic communities

The awards support ‘outstanding work to improve leadership skills and health outcomes’

Nurses, midwives and health visitors in England can now apply for awards that will fund projects to improve health outcomes for people from black and minority ethnic communities.


Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole, whose name is honoured in the annual awards, helped to care for soldiers in the Crimean War 

Applications for the Mary Seacole Awards 2018/19 opened last week. They are named after iconic Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole and funded by Health Education England.

Two awards are available: the Mary Seacole development awards of up to £6,250; and the Mary Seacole leadership awards of up to £12,500.

Entry criteria

Applicants must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and meet criteria such as having the support of their employer for the proposed project. They must also possess an ethical proposal that sets out objectives, methods, outcomes, costs and timescales.

The successful applicants will be announced at a ceremony in London in October. The awardees will be expected to complete their final project report by September 2019.

Since the awards started in 1994, there have been 35 development and 30 leadership award projects completed.

Nurses leading change

England's chief nursing officer Jane Cummings said in the last annual report about the scheme: 'The Mary Seacole awards consistently and continually demonstrate the wide-ranging areas where nurses are leading change and making an impact with person-centred compassionate care.

'Their outstanding work to improve leadership skills and health outcomes sets a powerful example, benefiting both the profession and the communities they serve.'

Applications for the awards close on 5 May.


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