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Nurses Study Grant

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Enquires to: The Grants Manager ( or Tel: 020 7608 1369)

The Society offers a limited number of grants of up to £300 to trained nurses (and nurses in training) with an expressed special interest in the care of elderly people to:

  • attend conferences, seminars and meetings of an innovative nature which will enhance their understanding and appreciation of the special needs of older patients; and/or
  • visit a geriatric ward which has an innovative service approach, special programme or project for the care of elderly patients.

The grants are available to members of the British Geriatrics Society who are trained nurses or nurses still in training who have an expressed special interest in the care of elderly patients, irrespective of professional affiliation. Grants are administered by the Society.

There are no fixed categories of grant. However, the following examples provide some indication of the kind of support which will be considered.

Registration fees and travelling expenses (by public transport) to conferences, seminars and meetings; and travelling expenses and accommodation costs for professional visits. Grants will not be made where funding is available from another source nor to part-fund a diploma, certificate, degree course or other long-term study experiences.

How to apply
Applications, accompanied by the relevant documentation, are considered at any time of year, provided there are funds available. Decisions are usually made within 5-6 weeks, therefore please allow sufficient time before the study experience/visit to submit applications. Please note that unless you are a member of the British Geriatrics Society, your application will not be considered.


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I attended the RCN/BGS joint conference last week in Birmingham and my place was kindly sponsered by the BGS. It was a very relevant, interesting and thought provoking conference which was very well run. The day provided many opportunites to hear about the huge challenges, in conjunction with the changes and successes taking place within healthcare services for older people. It was especially good to hear about the diverse range of innovative service developments up and down the country in conjuction with the opportunity to network with fellow colleagues. Thank you for agreeing to provide sponsership, much appreciated.
Jo Dodd, 18 April 2016

Nurses in the Independent Sector really struggle to access high quality Clinically relevant training. As training budgets are squeezed they are increasingly having to fund CPD themselves. Also they feel professionally isolated from the wider Nursing Community and other professionals in the Care of Older people.

I used the grant to attend the joint BGS RCN conference on MDT working for professionals who work with Older People.I prepared a précis of the relevant best practice ideas from the conference and circulated it to all Nurses in my organisation.
I have used the format from one on the presentations on Quality Improvement on Medicines Administration to introduce a Quality Improvement initiative in my organisation.

I have also made some excellent connections with colleagues to share ideas.

Again thank you to the BGS for providing me with the study grant.
Beverley Bagnall, 4 May 2016

There has been much to reflect on and I am still in all fairness to myself still thinking about some of the new innovations that I had heard and seen on that day. There is some pretty good practices being rolled out using a MDT APPROACH in various parts of country. ie Gateshead care home Initiative . This was a MDT team that was led by a specialist Drs who have an interest in elderly care. They co-ordination pt care in the home rather then having huge numbers of different GP's coming in to the home. It was better care for that elderly population in that geographical area.

In another part of the country. Scotland have taken the amazing step to see patients that are classified as being frail, managed in a more Collaborative way within the hospital. Rather being seen as a bad blocker they are seen as a priority. I like that!!!! It turns the whole process to seeing the frail patient as a priority not necessarily the young. Once the patient is accordingly treated the patient is then appropriately discharged to the right place ie residential / nursing or home. I really would like to see this approach implemented in England. I thought the patient was seen more as a individual and not a patient with a fall or fracture neck of femur. Well done Scotland!!!

I really thought Dr Eileen Burns' talk was very interesting and thought provoking . There is still a lot of challenges ahead for us all working in the community and trying to help patients to help themselves without being patronizing is a real challenge. There is alot of good work going on up here but there is a way to go in areas.

I have appreciated attending the conference. It has challenged me to think more creatively about my community and where I live. How I can influence change for better patient experience and care? I have done a leadership course yet even I find it difficult to embrace change. I can recognise the resistance to practice evident in my own thinking. I suppose we are creatures of comfort and pattern.

Another good aspect of the day was seeing all the literature that was available and the various specialists groups ie dementia UK and the RCN library.

The only negative thing I would say that spoiled the day was some key topics clashed which I found frustrating I wanted to really attend alot more then I could.

Finally, I would like to say a big thank you for funding me and I really do appreciate attending. It felt like a little bit of scaffolding to support my practice and a lot of encouragement to keep going.
Name Withheld, 4 May 2016

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to attend this conference. I was able to gain great insight into the work currently being undertaken both locally and nationally regarding care of Older people. Since this was also a celebration of 100 yrs for the RCN this has inspired and motivated me to continue trying to develop and innovate. 

The session on the "Jilted generation" was very provocative and insightful of a generation experiencing real challenges in terms of getting older but also how the communities perception affects individuals. The speaker was very emotive and the reflection regarding his mum and himself provided some clarity of how the definition of working within a team can sometimes be misunderstood within teams themselves. This has made me reflect upon my own multidisciplinary team and how we work together for the benefit of patients. Do we actually function as a MDT team and how does this translate to individuals receiving care. It raised the importance of knowing the individual.

It was very interesting to see the ideas around workforce planning strategies and how other areas were very proactive. 

The network opportunities were very valuable and also taking time to view poster presentations will help with my own area of work.
Nicola Helps, 23 May 2016

In August 2015 I was appointed as End of Life Care Facilitator at Airedale Hospital, Keighley.  My initial project was supporting 2 Wards achieve GSF accreditation.  Previously my work as a staff nurse involved practical end of life care for patients dying from a range of illnesses, cancer and non-cancerous.  However working with the wards on the GSF project highlighted that with an increasingly aging population, consideration of the needs of patients with dementia and frailty is becoming paramount.  

The Wards were successful in achieving GSF accreditation and received their awards at the conference in Liverpool on 11th May 2016 – my colleagues from each Ward and I attended.   Whilst it was a proud day having the hard work recognised and sharing the challenges of the accreditation process with the audience, it was the supporting lectures given that reiterated where the next stages of the work in the acute hospital setting lie.

I attended the End of Life series of lectures on Wed 11th May.  The evidence and discussions presented supported what had become apparent during the GSF project c.f. that in order to give good end of life care to frail elderly patients with dementia we must first identify and acknowledge   what is happening to them and plan their care with their families and the MDT.   This involves a full team approach, with particular commitment from the Consultant Geriatrician and the Ward Manager.   By identifying what the ongoing needs will be for the patient/family and health service, we can plan and commission the services that will be required in the future.  For the individual patient and family, we can help them to have meaningful last years of life.

The BGS Grant allowed me to attend the conference and has provided me with evidence, confidence and knowledge to help develop my role as End of Life Care Facilitator at Airedale.

Thank your for supporting me!
Fiona Widdowson, June 2016



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