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Nurses receive grants for BME projects

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Six nurses have received grants to fund their innovative projects working with BME communities, at the Mary Seacole Leadership Awards 2014.

Among the nurses was health visitor, Hille Halonen, from Bradford District Care Trust NHS for her project supporting EU-Migrant families with parent and infant relationships for positive mental health.

Other projects included organ donations in BME communities, addressing language barriers to improve communication between nurses and patients and exploring student nurses' experiences. The other recipients of the grant included Parveen Ali, a lecturer from the school of nursing and midwifery at the University of Sheffield and Joy Shaom a senior lecturer from Northumbria University.

Gill Bellord, director of employment relations & reward at the NHS Employers organisation, said: 'These winners capture our imagination and show how innovation, hard work and dedication can improve the workplace for everyone.

"Those receiving the Mary Seacole Award are improving the NHS by ensuring the door is always open to new talent, strengthening bonds within the service and ensuring the NHS reflects the needs of the wider community. These awards support them to address health inequalities involving BME communities and to expand the evidence base that underpins effective change. NHS Employers is proud to be supporting this respected award.'

Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England was keynote speaker and chief nursing officer, Jane Cummings attended the award ceremony.

Up to £12,500 of funding is available for winners in leadership categories, while up to £6,250 is available for each winner in the development category.

Funding was provided by HEE, NHS Employers and the DH and is awarded in association with the RCN, the RCM, Unison and Unite.

The awards were created in 1994 in honour of Mary Seacole, who contribute to nursing in the 19th century caring for British soldiers in the Crimean War.

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