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First innovation fund for school nurses launched

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School nursing innovation fund All projects must have a public health focus

An innovation fund for school nurses has been launched by the British Journal of School Nursing (BJSN).
The £1000 grant will be awarded to an individual school nurse or team in the UK to develop a project aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Jane Wright, head of the National Forum of School Health Educators, said: 'This is an exciting opportunity to develop projects in school nursing practice. School nurses are innovative in their role, using different ways to meet the individual needs of school-aged children and young people in their local areas.'
All projects must be aimed at children and/or young people between the ages of five to 19 years old, and have a public health focus. They must start by May 2015 at the latest and be completed by December 2015.
Sarah Sherwin, senior lecturer and course leader in school nursing at the University of Wolverhampton, said: 'There are many school nurses who have some great ideas for developing practice in order to improve health outcomes for young people and the launch of this grant will enable some of these to come to fruition. I would urge school nurses and school nurse students to apply.'
Applications should provide an overview of the project, the people involved, the potential benefits to children and/or young people and how the money will be used. Projects can take place in the school or in the community.
The deadline for entries is 16 February 2015. For more information email bjsn@markallengroup.com.

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