About us

The Burdett Trust for Nursing is an independent charitable trust named after Sir Henry Burdett KCB, the founder of the Royal National Pension Fund for Nurses (RNPFN). The Trust was set up in 2002 in recognition of the foundation, philosophy and structure of the RNPFN.

Nurses, midwives and the allied health professions make up the majority of the healthcare workforce and play a pivotal role in direct care to patients. The Trust makes grants in support of nurse-led projects, using its funds to empower nurses and make significant improvements to the patient care environment.

Charitable donations

As a registered charity Burdett Trust for Nursing is able to accept charitable donations to support its work.  Please contact the Chief Executive, Shirley Baines, using the contact information provided on this website.


What we do

The Burdett Trust for Nursing was established in 2002 with the aim of making charitable grants to support the nursing contribution to healthcare. The Trustees target their grants at projects that are nurse-led and that empower nurses to make significant improvements to the patient care environment. The Trustees regularly review their grant-making policies and procedures to ensure that their grants achieve positive outcomes for patients, nursing and healthcare practice.

Currently Burdett Trust for Nursing Trustees focus their funding on three key areas:

Building nursing research capacity and capabilities : supporting clinical nursing research and research addressing policy, leadership development and delivery of nursing care.

Building nurse leadership capacity and capabilities: supporting nurses in their professional development to create a cadre of excellent nursing and allied health professionals who will become leaders of the future and foster excellence and capacity-building in advancing the nursing profession.

Supporting local nurse-led initiatives: supporting nurse-led initiatives that make a difference at local level and are focused explicitly on improving care for patients and users of services.


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