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Mary Seacole Awards

These awards recognise and honour the name of Mary Seacole for her work in the Republic of Crimea.

As a nurse, midwife or health visitor, you can apply for a Mary Seacole Award to fund a project that aims to improve the health outcomes of people from black and minority ethnic communities. 

You must be registered with the NMC and work in a publicly-funded health care service in England to apply.

There are two award programmes:

  • Mary Seacole Development Awards - these awards of up to £6,250 each provide the opportunity to develop leadership skills
  • Mary Seacole Leadership Awards - these awards of up to £12,500 each provide the opportunity to enhance effective leadership and communication skills.

How to apply

Applications are invited from individual nurses, midwives and health visitors in England. The deadline for applications has been extended to midnight on 22 July 2019.  Please visit the NHS Employers website for information.

About Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole was a Jamaican/Scottish nurse and businesswoman, celebrated for her bravery in nursing soldiers during the Crimean War (1853–56). She was also admired for her use of Creole herbal remedies to relieve the symptoms of infectious illnesses such as cholera in Jamaica and Panama.

Find out more

For more information on the awards, please email RCN Governance or visit the NHS Employers website.