Endocrine Nurse Grant
The Society for Endocrinology Nurse Committee would like to encourage nurse members to undertake small audit or research projects, focusing on potential ways to improve nursing or clinical practice.
The Endocrine Nurse Grant provides financial support to complete a project from beginning to end or to gather preliminary data to support a larger piece of work. You may only need a small sum but can apply for amounts up to £5,000 for larger projects.
For the next grant round, the Society would particularly like to encourage applications to support projects involving the management of change to clinical service during/post COVID-19. Early career or new-to-post nurses, may wish to partner with a more established Endocrine Nurse, and the Nurse Committee would be very happy to help to facilitate this.
Applications falling outside of this theme are still encouraged.
If you have any questions or would like some advice after reading the information and guidance below, please email the Nurse Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee are also happy to check completed applications before they are submitted.
The 2022 deadlines are at 11:59am BST on Wednesday 18 May and 11:59am GMT on Wednesday 9 November.
Any amount up to £5,000 (£5000 is the maximum value available for each grant deadline)
- This grant is available to nurses who have been a member of the Society for a minimum of one year.
How to apply
Please complete the Endocrine Nurse Grant application form using the guidance below and return it to the Society at email@example.com.
The Society for Endocrinology is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner. This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access the NIHR Study Support Service which is provided by the NIHR Clinical Research Network. The NIHR Clinical Research Network supports researchers and the life sciences industry to plan, setup and deliver high quality research to agreed timescales and study recruitment targets, for the benefit of patients and the NHS. This includes relevant research in public health and social care in England. In partnership with your local R&D office, we encourage you to involve your local Clinical Research Network team in discussions as early as possible when planning your study. This will allow you to fully benefit from the support available through the NIHR Study Support Service. To find out more about how you can apply for this additional support to help deliver your study, please visit www.nihr.ac.uk/study-support-service or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with someone who can provide further information on the support that the NIHR Clinical Research Network offers through the NIHR Study Support Service.
Guidance for applicants
We understand that this part of the application can be challenging, especially if you aren’t used to scientific writing. However, it’s very important to ensure the marking panel understands what you want to do and why, how you are planning to do it and what you hope to get out of it. You will also need to take ethical considerations into account and explain how to handle any data you might collect.
A good summary would include the following elements (1,000 words maximum):
- Background (with reason(s) for doing the project)
- Aim (what you hope to achieve)
- Methods (how you will reach your aim)
- Data collection (what, from who and how)
- Data security (confidentiality, storage, etc.)
- Analysis (how you will present your data as results)
- Ethical considerations (if applicable)
- Outcome and dissemination (the new knowledge will you have and how will you share it)
A breakdown of how you plan to spend the grant money is necessary for the application. This should also include a short explanation of why you need each item.
The marking panel will need to understand your reasons for wanting to undertake the project. Each person will have different ways to justify their project but we ask for you to consider three broad areas: the benefit to you (the applicant), the benefit to endocrine practice and/or the endocrine community, and how you will share your findings.
Benefit to applicant
The Society aims to support all its members to achieve their potential, so it is important to include information on the personal benefit the grant can bring. This should include what your professional goals are, and how the project will help you in moving towards these goals.
• Taking on a leadership role at some point in the future
Leading an audit shows that you can identify problems, propose solutions, identify their suitability and evaluate the outcomes
• Apply for a PhD
Having preliminary data as part of your PhD application can increase its chance of success, the skills you learn during a short research project will be applicable to your PhD
• Gaining more experience/specialised knowledge in a specific endocrine area
Benefit to endocrine research/nursing/clinical practice
The project will offer some benefit to the wider endocrine community. It is important to explain why these benefits matter and how your project will provide improvements. Identifying where the project idea came from can be helpful here.
• Testing whether a new approach is cost effective
• Reducing pressure on consultant clinics
• Helping ensure continuity of care
While your project will offer benefit to endocrine practitioners, it should also improve the experience of patients and their carers. For some projects this impact may be direct and easy to identify, for others the impact may be more indirect.
• Quicker diagnosis or access to medication
• Ensuring safe and quality care for patients
• Reducing patient waiting times
How findings will be disseminated
Even the best projects will have little impact if the results/findings are never shared. With this in mind, it is important to consider how you hope to share your findings after completing your project.
• Presenting a poster or talk at a conference, such as SfE BES or RCN
• Sharing your findings at Endocrine Nurse Update
• Channels used within your institution
• Audit of the outcome/relapse rate and possible predictive factors of recurrence in a series of patients with Graves’ disease managed in a nurse-led thyroid clinic. The notes of patients with newly diagnosed Graves’ disease, seen in the clinic between 2005-2011 and who had completed 18 months of anti-thyroid drug were reviewed, which encompassed 60 patients.
• A thyroid, nurse-led clinic (NLC) was set up within the Department of Endocrinology in Oxford, primarily aiming to reduce waiting times of patients with uncomplicated thyrotoxicosis, from 3-4 months to 2-4 weeks. An audit using a structured questionnaire of 22 questions was used to assess patients’ views on care and management, nurse’s knowledge and skills, efficiency of the service, and possible concerns. Responses were collected anonymously, over 4 weeks, from 30 respondents of the first 40 patients seen at the clinic. This data provided valuable insight in understanding patients’ needs and where the service was successful.
• Applications submitted by a member based at a recognised higher education research institute and/or medical institution will be considered.
• Applicants must have approval from their head of department and must name someone able to provide academic support.
• The Society for Endocrinology is a small charity, which is able to support the work of a limited number of members by providing grants to support the direct costs of research/audit projects. Acceptance of this grant, if awarded, will imply that the institution is prepared to meet the indirect/overhead costs from its own sources of funding.
• Each eligible member may receive one Endocrine Nurse Grant during their career.
• The Society requires two written reports from the applicant no later than 12 months after receipt of the grant, unless otherwise agreed by the Society for Endocrinology. One academic report (max 1,000 words) should demonstrate how the grant benefited the applicant and the report should also include details of any publications resulting from the grant or papers submitted. We also require a second, short, lay summary article (100-200 words) for publicity and/or publication in The Endocrinologist or on the Society’s website. This should focus on how the award has improved or changed the successful applicant’s career or has enhanced nursing/clinical practice.
• The Society reserves the right to publish successful applicants' final reports.
• The successful applicants must recognise the award on their departmental website with a link to the Society website for a minimum of six months after receipt of the grant.
• If conference/meeting abstracts have been funded by the grant this should be acknowledged.
• Only one application permitted per grant round.
• Funds must have been used by 12 months after the date awarded, unless otherwise agreed by the Society for Endocrinology.
• Funds are awarded on the understanding that they are used for the purpose stated in the application form. If support is obtained elsewhere or any part of the grant is unused, the balance will be refunded to the Society for Endocrinology.
• Grants cannot be awarded retrospectively.
• All applications will be marked by a Grants Panel comprising Nurse and Clinical Members of the Society, who have no conflict of interest with the applicants.
• The decision of the Grants Panel is final and not subject to appeal.
• Incomplete applications will not be considered.
• Re-submissions will be accepted, but the applicant should make it clear how the application has been improved.