Thanks to funding from The Burdett Trust for Nursing, in 2021 the QNI will be able to support ten nurse-led projects that develop innovations and improve care for patients with complex care needs.

The application process is now OPEN. The deadline for completed applications is 5 pm on 30th October 2020.

Your application must focus on the health improvement for people with complex needs in a primary care setting and include a focus on the avoidance of unplanned hospital admissions. Your project will need to focus on people experiencing complex health conditions, which may include poor physical and mental health and complex social needs. This will include people who experience nursing services in one or more of the following settings:

  • at home
  • in the community (e.g. a primary or secondary school)
  • in a residential or care home
  • in prison
  • in General Practice.

Applications from nurses looking to utilise digital technology and remote monitoring of health conditions are encouraged, as well as innovative approaches to supporting people to be cared for at home.

Before applying, please be aware that you will need to:

  • Confirm that you have the support of your direct line manager and employing organisation
  • Be able to attend an interview on 16th or 17th November 2020
  • Be able to attend six workshop days during 2021 if successful (dates in the Guidance Document).

To apply, you must:

  1. Be a registered nurse working in clinical practice in a community or primary care setting
  2. Work directly with people with complex needs in primary care
  3. Be working in an organisation based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

We are actively seeking applications from nurses who are from a BAME (black and minority ethnic) background.

Please read the full Guidance below before completing the application form. Please also make sure that your project adheres to your employer and the government’s guidelines regarding social distancing and personal protective equipment.

The Burdett Trust for Nursing is an independent charitable trust that makes grants to support nurse-led projects focused on supporting the nursing contribution to healthcare. The Trust aims to use its funds to empower nurses and make significant improvements to the patient care environment.

The number of people living with complex, multiple health conditions is increasing. It is estimated that three million people in the UK have three or more long-term conditions, whether physical or mental/psychological/cognitive. People living in more socially deprived areas are at greater risk of developing such conditions.

For more than a decade, health care policy has tried to reduce the demand for emergency hospital care by improving capability and capacity in other parts of the health care system. Working as part of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams, nurses can provide coordinated, person-centred and preventive care that reduces unnecessary hospital admissions and enables patients with complex needs to remain at or return home with reduced reliance on hospital services.

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