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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. Applications for 2019 open on 4 February 2019. Please visit the NHS Employers website for information.

Steering Committee and Mentor Recruitment - deadline extended

The Mary Seacole Awards Steering Committee is looking for an Independent Member to join them. If you are able to dedicate time and energy and your own academic and health service research experience then submit an application for this rewarding voluntary role now. All details can be downloaded at the NHS Employers website and the deadline to apply is 7 August 2018.

The Committee is also seeking five new mentors for awardees. If you have what it takes to mentor the rising leaders in nursing as they strive to change health inequalities for BME populations then download more information about the voluntary role at NHS Employers by 7 August.

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.