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The Sam Richmond Nursing Scholarship


In 2014, the Network set up an annual Nursing Scholarship, named in memory of the late Dr Sam Richmond, who worked as a Consultant Neonatologist at Sunderland Royal Hospital for many years.

The idea of the Scholarship is simple - to encourage innovation and new ideas amongst our nursing staff. It is worth £1000 and the winner(s) also receive a trophy that Liz Richmond (Sam’s widow) had designed and commissioned especially by the Sunderland Glass Centre. The first round of applications were invited during the latter part of 2014, with the first joint winners being Lucy Mann & Charlie Pearson, 2 staff nurses from James Cook University Hospital. Their application was entitled “Increasing the effectiveness of neonatal nursing handovers at the NICU cot side” and involved evaluating current approaches to nursing handovers and attempting to improve the effectiveness of them with the aim of enhancing communication and ultimately patient care.

Following the success of the first Scholarship, the Network opened up applications for the second such Award. The level of entries was again very high, many taking inspiration from Lucy and Charlie and making the task of the panel of judges a very difficult one. However, a worthy winner was chosen - Emily Cameron, who is currently working as a Sister on the NICU in Sunderland. Emily's proposal was titled “Debriefing following Neonatal Death” and aims to set up a structured approach to facilitating team debriefing following neonatal deaths.  This is an area which can often be overlooked following what can be a very sad and challenging time for the staff involved and, the project will provide improved and much valued support to staff.  Speaking after receiving her award, Emily said “I’m really honoured to have been awarded this scholarship. Neonatal death touches everyone that comes across it in some way. I hope that by developing a structure for debriefing we will be able to ensure staff are thoroughly supported emotionally and ultimately, patient and family-centred end of life care will be improved”.

We congratulate Emily on her success and look forward to hearing how her winning proposal develops over the course of 2016. 


Emily (centre) receiving her Award and trophy from (left-right) Lynne Paterson (Network Nurse Lead, Liz Richmond, Ken Bremner (Network Host Sponsor Chief Executive, Dr Majd Abu-Harb (Consultant Neonatologist, Sunderland) and Martyn Boyd (Network Manager)


Applications for the 2016 Scholarship will open in early November - keep an eye out for more news on this and details about how to apply!


About the Sam Richmond Scholarship...

Introduced in 2014, the Northern Neonatal Network set up the annual Sam Richmond Scholarship in honour and memory of the late Dr Sam Richmond, the Scholarship is designed to foster and encourage a spirit of innovation amongst the nursing staff across the baby units within the Network. Sam was a consultant neonatologist who worked at the Sunderland Royal Hospital for many years and somebody who was very passionate about nursing education research and was a key and well-known figure in the delivery of New born Life Support (NLS) courses across the world.

The Scholarship of £1000 is awarded annually to the nurse who submits the best proposal for an innovative idea that can enhance and improve neonatal care. This may be a piece of research, a new way of working, an audit or a piece of equipment that could have benefits across the Network and beyond. Written proposals need to be submitted and a panel will then shortlist entries and pick a winner, overseen by senior Network officers.

Full details of the Scholarship and how to apply and what to include can found here. A set of FAQ has also been drafted to help answer any questions applicants may have and this can be found here.


Further help and guidance can be obtained by contacting;

Lynne Paterson (Network Nurse Lead) - or on 01642 854871 


Martyn Boyd (Network Manager) - or on 0191 541 0139


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