The Vale of Leven Scholarship Scheme, launched in November 2016 by the Scottish Government’s Chief Nursing Office, was designed to specifically focus on improvements to patient care in line with the findings of the Vale of Leven Hospital (VOLH) Inquiry (The Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry Report 2014, www.valeoflevenhospitalinquiry.org).
This report called for “a significantly improved focus on patient care, and in particular on the care of patients who contract a hospital infection such as CDI”. The report contains 75 recommendations covering areas of: national structures and systems; national policies and guidance; changes in services/service re-organisation; leadership and management; communication and record keeping; clinical governance; experiences of patients and relatives; fundamental nursing care and compassion; antibiotic prescribing; medical care; infection prevention and control; death certification; and experiences of C. difficile infection within and beyond Scotland.
The Scholarship scheme is aimed at nurses with existing research skills (Masters in Research, PhD, Clinical Doctorate, OR similar substantial research experience) to undertake small-scale research projects or research related tasks, many of which may lead to the development of other research funding applications. The scheme will fund up to 5 Scholarship projects consisting of three types of award:
Successful applicants will be expected to share their findings, learning and best practice with their peers and across Scotland and this will be seen as an integral part of the award process. A national dissemination event will be held early 2018 which the successful applicant will be expected to attend.
Applicants must be currently registered with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council and employed in the NHS or a HEI in Scotland, and living in Scotland.The Scholarships are expected to be completed within one year. A supporting NHS or HEI must be prepared to administer and account for the funding received.
The closing date for applications is the 3rd July 2017.
If you want to discuss in more detail please contact:
Dr Gaylor Hoskins
Clinical Academic Research Fellow
University of Stirling
Unit 13 Scion House
Stirling University Innovation Park
Stirling FK9 4NF
Tel: 01786 466429
Mob: 07976 553502
Suzannah Hunter, NMAHP-RU Admin
Tel: 01786 466341
NMAHP Research Unit
12 May 2017