The GNCT fund nurse-led research projects that examine an aspect of nursing policy and practice. We issue a call for grant applications annually with a specified closing date. The nursing focus of the call is changed each year.

Details of recent research grants awarded are given below.


Dr Helen Anderson, University of York. Implications of consecutive waves of Covid-19 pandemic for future practice. £39,104

Dr Sarah Bekaert, Oxford Brookes University. Protecting children and young people vulnerable to harm and abuse-learning new ways of working in the Covid Pandemic. £38,448

Stacey Rees, University of South Wales. An  exploratory study to investigate how Registered Learning Disability Nurses working in England & Wales have adapted their practice during Covid 19. £39,877


Professor Sarah Ryan, Midlands Partnership NHS FT, for the project entitled “Balancing safety with treatment burden in patients with rheumatoid arthritis” £39,106

Dr Katie Gallagher of University College London for a project entitled “The impact of webcam use upon nursing workload, patient safety and parental wellbeing in the Neo-Natal unit” £38476

Dr Richard Clibbens Southwest Yorks NHS Trust for a project entitled “How people living with dementia and their relatives perceive and use resilient strategies to optimise safety whilst living at home” £33,885


£26,662 awarded to Dr Grace Spencer of Anglia Ruskin University for a project entitled ” Engaging young migrants and their families in enhancing quality care in the management of long term conditions ”

£36,381 awarded to Dr Helen Walthall of Oxford Brookes University for a project entitled “feasibility and acceptability of using a Patient Reported Outcome Measure to help patients with heart failure to recognise and communicate symptoms to specialist nurses ”

A continuation of our award to the Florence Nightingale Foundation for the next 3 years of
£11,500 per year to fund leadership qualities in band 7/8 nurses or equivalent .


Dr Jodie Deards of East and North Hertfordshire NHS to prepare a study to co-produce and explore the impact of an app-based support intervention on young carers for the GRANT of £20773.

Dr Sarah Morey of Northumbria University Newcastle upon Tyne re Enhancing patient outcomes through evidence for the GRANT of £29287

Dr Jackie Buck of University of East Anglia for a project entitled “incontinence amongst older people living at home impacts and approaches”

for a GRANT of £29990

Executive Summaries of completed research studies

Nurse decision-making about the delivery of skin care to patients with advanced cancer at the end of life: an exploratory qualitative study by Dr Samuriwo at Cardiff University.


Developing family-centred care in a neonatal intensive care unit: an action researchers.
Principal Investigator: Dr Caryl Skene, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. February 2017


Supporting self-management in heart failure patients with diabetes

The aims of this project were to understand current self-management in heart failure patients
with diabetes to identify any potential gaps in current practice and to explore patients’
experiences of self-managing these two conditions. These issues were explored by using mixed
research methods.



The GNCT fund a limited number of travel scholarships for Registered Nurses that are offered by Florence Nightingale Foundation. The Foundation issues an annual call for the scholarships. Information about travel scholarships can be found on the Florence Nightingale Foundation website.