The Foundation of Nursing Studies announces new scholarship


For over two decades the FoNS, an independent organisation, has supported nurses across the UK to lead innovation in the workplace, which transforms the way nurses work and care for patients. Over this time, it has developed an excellent reputation for having a unique and hands-on approach to supporting nurses. With help from the FoNS, nurses have been able to make significant improvements to their practice and their patients’ experience of care.

The late Richard Tompkins saw the potential of the FoNS to enable nurses to develop knowledge and skills that benefit patients. The Tompkins Foundation remains a valuable supporter of the FoNS and we are delighted that Elizabeth Tompkins is supporting this scholarship.

Chris Benson, a Richard Tompkins Scholar in 2013, said: ‘The scholarship began for me with a residential week at the International Practice Development School run in association with Canterbury Christ Church University.

‘This experience allowed me to totally immerse myself in a new, more creative way of working, connect with why I was passionate about nursing, and reflect on where I was “now” as a practitioner.

‘Mixing with other staff in varied roles was key to its success, and while I had no experience in relation to the role of a practice developer (I was a day services manager in a charitably run adult hospice), I realised practice development wasn’t about words, but a belief system, and a way of collaborative working. It has been hard work, a lot of reflecting on my own practice and style, but truly invaluable and is supporting me in becoming the manager I want to be.’

The scholarship includes:

  • Attendance at a five-day residential international practice development school (21-25 July, 2014) (see The scholarship covers the cost of the course fee, accommodation, food and reasonable travel expenses. The FoNS has been involved in these schools for more than 10 years and believes that they enable individuals to gain knowledge and skills to facilitate the development of more person-centred cultures of care
  • Opportunity to work towards academic accreditation as a distance learner (20 CAT points at level 6) from Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent
  • 12 months mentorship from the FoNS to support an innovation in practice
  • Opportunity to work towards publishing a paper in the International Practice Development Journal (see as a novice writer
  • Honorary FoNS Associate registration for 12 months

Application process:

  • Submission of full application before closing date - 5pm on 14 April 2014
  • Shortlisting - each application is carefully considered and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 23 April 2014
  • Telephone interviews with shortlisted applicants - week commencing 28 April 2014
  • Scholarship awarded and winner announced - 12 May 2014 to celebrate International Nurses Day 

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