Applications are open for the NGS Elsie Wagg (Innovation) Scholarship Programme.

Scholarships are available for FIVE nurses – in any community specialism – for projects that promote the health benefits of gardening and garden visiting among a group of people in the community.

Applications are encouraged that aim to improve physical, mental or emotional health, or a combination of these. We would also welcome project proposals that in addition contribute to a wider environmental agenda and sustainability within health services, for example by reducing plastic waste or carbon footprint, as long as they are garden-focused.

All project leaders benefit from the QNI’s highly rated professional development programme and funding of up to £5000.

The scholarship programme is open to all nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. We are actively looking to fund projects that are led by nurses from a Black and minority ethnic background.

Please note, if shortlisted, the nurse leading the project will be invited for a virtual interview on dates given in the Guidance document.

Successful applicants are asked to commit to a course of online workshops during the project year (confirmed and provisional dates are in the Guidance document).

We are happy to advise potential applicants and for more information please contact Sue Boran, QNI Director of Nursing Programmes (Innovation). at [email protected] .

Please return completed application forms by email to Aga Kusmierz – [email protected]

The closing date for completed applications is 29th October 2021 and projects will be expected to start on 1st March 2022 and last for 12 months.

The QNI has a long track record of supporting groups of nurses to develop and implement their own ideas to improve the nursing care of the people they care for in the community. Project leaders receive a year-long programme of individual and group support, as well as funding to implement their project.

Examples of gardens and health projects in the community include:

  • A General Practice Nurse working with colleagues and individuals to create or improve a flower/herb garden at a GP Surgery;
  • A Community Learning Disability Nurse organising visits to National Garden Scheme gardens for individuals and/or groups of service users, family members and volunteers;
  • A Community Mental Health Nurse working with colleagues to support service users to access gardening and garden visiting as part of therapy;
  • A Care Home Nurse working with residents and families to develop a sensory garden at their home and encouraging residents to participate in the planning and to share stories and memories about plants and gardens;
  • A Prison Nurse working with people in prison and colleagues to create or improve a prison fruit and vegetable garden.

Elsie Wagg MBE (1876-1949)

The scholarship is named after Elsie Wagg MBE, the QNI council member who originally had the idea to open gardens to raise funds for the charity, which led to the creation of the National Garden Scheme in 1927.

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