The Worshipful Company of Barbers doubles clinical scholarship for nurses and midwives

Published by  Communications

On 1st Aug 2022

Nurses being taught in a hospital setting

A Clinical Scholarship for nurses and midwives at University of East Anglia (UEA) has been so successful that the annual grant has been doubled. 

The annual Clinical Scholarship, funded by the Worshipful Company of Barbers and hosted by the School of Health Sciences at UEA, is open for applications between early December and the end of February. It provides opportunities for qualified nurses and midwives to support their ongoing professional development, such as Masters or Doctoral level. 

The Worshipful Company of Barbers, first recognised in 1308, is one of the oldest of the 110 livery companies in the City of London. Consistent with its historical, and now charitable, support of medical education, the Company funds an annual Clinical Scholarship to help with the financial costs of nurses’ post graduate education, ensuring that ongoing professional development is making a difference to clinical practice and to patients’ lives.  

Now in its second year at UEA, the annual grant has been doubled in recognition of both the great work achieved by previous awardees and the high standard of applications.  

A review panel meets the most impressive applicants at Barber-Surgeons’ Hall, the home of the Worshipful Company of Barbers, to make the Awards.  The panel is Professor Sally Hardy, Dean of Health Sciences at UEA, Professor Michelle Briggs, from the School of Health Sciences at Manchester University, and Dr Jeremy Bolton, a retired psychiatrist and Past Master of Company. 

Professor Hardy said: “Nurses work shoulder to shoulder with colleagues in pursuit of a simple goal to change and save people’s lives. This Barbers’ Company Scholarship is an amazing contribution to the professional standing and recognition of nursing and midwifery.”  

Dr Jeremy Bolton said: “The Company is delighted to support the professional development of nurses and the nursing profession.  Being able to do this in partnership with UEA is a major plus – our members’ generosity would be far harder to target without the understanding, engagement and professional excellence of UEA’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Science 

The annual Clinical Scholarship is open for applications between early December and end of February from qualified nurses and midwives to support their ongoing professional development, such as Masters or Doctoral level.  Interviews are held in June, following a rigorous short-listing process, at the Worshipful Company of Barbers Hall, London.  

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