Sarcoma UK is offering sponsorship to allied health professionals (AHP) and nurses involved in the care of sarcoma patients to go to the British Sarcoma Group (BSG) annual conference in 2020, which takes place 26/27 February 2020 in Glasgow.

Why is this award important?

  • Going to the BSG conference is an excellent opportunity to learn more about sarcoma and the treatments that are currently available and on the horizon.
  • It’s an opportunity for nurses and AHPs to share best practice, network, build supportive relationships and lay the foundations for collaborative work.
  • It’s a way of supporting this unique workforce, personal development and celebrate the work of nurses and AHPs.

Why are we doing it?

  • We understand how hard it can be to have study leave, let alone find funding or the time to attend.
  • There are few sarcoma specific study days available and no specific nurse and AHP training modules available anymore.
  • The spread of sarcoma units and specialist centres across the UK mean sarcoma nurses and AHPs rarely meet peers unless they attend a study day.

What does the award cover?

Each winning application will receive:

  • Sponsorship to attend the BSG 2020 conference, including travel and accommodation, access to both the National Sarcoma Forum and the full BSG programme.
  • Support to visit another sarcoma service in the UK, including travel costs.
  • Support to attend a further study day that will support personal development and patient care.
  • Support from the charity in writing an abstract, formatting and producing a poster for the following year’s NSF in 2021. We will cover the travel cost of attending the NSF 2021

Who can apply?

  • Individual nurses and AHPs who care for sarcoma patients can apply. Applicants do not need to be sarcoma clinical nurse specialists or a sarcoma specific AHP. We welcome and encourage applications from outside the specialism.
  • Nursing and AHP teams from a sarcoma service can also apply. Some trusts have limited the number of study days staff can attend, so a team application would allow for a different member to attend each of thethree opportunities.

The value of the award cannot be given in cash, and any costs cannot exceed a total of £1,350 per winning application. Economy travel and the equivalent of Premier Inn standard of accommodation ought to booked where possible.

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What we ask of winning applications

Sarcoma UK asks that winners:

  • Present at the NSF 2021.
  • Are happy to be contacted by Sarcoma UK’s communications team about winning, to appear in the charity’s marketing.
  • Write and submit a poster application/abstract for the BSG 2021. We will support winners with this.

Next steps and how to apply

The application form (word document) is available here.

We ask applicants to explain in 500 words or less, how the Tricia Moate Award will contribute to their personal and professional development, and the impact this will have for sarcoma patients.

Applications will be judged by a small committee, comprising two consultant nurses, a clinical nurse specialist and a sarcoma physiotherapist.

The deadline for applications is 5pm 10 January 2020.

Winners will be announced on 20 January 2020.

Don’t forget to tell others about the awards and encourage them to apply.