Nottingham Hospitals Charity has funded a cohort of 26 new nursing and midwifery scholars to further develop nursing and midwifery leadership and innovation at Nottingham Hospitals.
The Charity has given £75,000 to help fund specialist degrees for the group of nurses and midwives, who have today (16 September) begun a BSc in Leading and Innovation in Nursing and Health and Social Care Practice at Nottingham Trent University.
These experienced nurses and midwives applied through a highly competitive process for the scholarships, securing a sought after place on this degree programme. The course will enable them to study innovation and leadership in clinical practice, undertake a work-based improvement project to further develop excellence in care for patients across Nottingham Hospitals, and implement new ideas within their clinical areas.
This degree programme was developed in partnership between Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham Trent University and funding support from Nottingham Hospitals Charity. Due to its success and positive impact on patient care and staff experience, the new ‘Charity Scholar’ role has now been launched, funded by Nottingham Hospitals Charity in collaboration with the Institute of Nursing and Midwifery Care Excellence.
The new Charity Scholars are all existing nursing and midwifery staff at Nottingham Hospitals and will act as ambassadors for the Charity, actively supporting the Charity’s aims and vision to improve care for patients, families and carers across Nottinghamshire.
Sue Haines, Assistant Director of Nursing, Institute of Nursing and Midwifery Care Excellence, said: “We would like to sincerely thank Barbara Cathcart and the Charity, for their vision of the Charity Scholar role and in making this possible. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Charity and Nottingham Trent University to welcome these 26 new scholars.
“The scholars will undertake their studies over the next 18 months and also work to promote and raise awareness of the Charity. These scholarships have enabled wider access to this highly sought after course through a competitive application process. The course focuses on undertaking innovation and improvements in our wards and departments, making a real difference at the heart of care delivery.”