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Supporting nursing in care homes

The RCN Foundation is inviting applications for the funding of a substantial practice development or similar project in the area of nursing in care homes up to a value of £200,000 to be delivered and evaluated between 2017-2019.

Given the increase in older adults requiring nursing care, the poor recruitment and retention of both registered and non-registered nursing staff within the care home sector is problematic. This is therefore a key priority area for the future.

The Foundation is keen to encourage innovation and is open about the types of projects that could be funded.

The project could address a number of key issues including, but not limited to, the following:  
  1. Contribute to enabling registered nurses and care assistants to choose to seek employment or remain working in the sector
  2. Enhancing learning and development of nurses and care assistants in the sector linked to both retention and tangible benefits for residents  
  3. A workforce focussed quality improvement project with measurable outcomes    

Ultimately this project should benefit residents and their families, registered nurses and healthcare support workers. In particular, benefits to residents could include improved mental health, a decrease in isolation and wider community engagement.   

Expressions of interest should be submitted by email to: Deepa Korea, Head of RCN Foundation at 

For more information see: RCN Foundation call for proposals care homes projects