Millennium Bursary


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A unique funding opportunity for

Primary Healthcare professionals


The Company embraced the 21st Century in a number of ways, one of which was to establish a Bursary for a qualified and established primary healthcare professional to carry out research or personal study into ways of improving the delivery of healthcare amongst the under-privileged sectors of London’s population. Click here to download an independent report on the achievements of the Curriers’ Millennium Trust from its formation until 2010. Although it was originally aimed at General Practitioners, the scope of the Bursary was widened in 2003 and this has attracted submissions from nurses, midwives, speech & language therapists, mental health workers, a pharmacist, an opthalmologist as well as GPs. The following Bursaries have been awarded in recent years:  


  • Funding for the dissertation year of an MSc in Advanced Practice, Health Care Leadership (£3,000 – Paramedic).
  • Research project: The impact on family functioning of the admission of a child to the neonatal unit  (£2,540 – Child Specialist Nurse/Tutor) 



  • Funding for a pilot research study: the relation of smoking prevalence and intensity to the risk of COPD among the major ethnic groups in SE London.(£10,000 – Co-applicants – General Practitioner & Clinical Senior Lecturer in Primary Care & Public Health)
  • Research project:  Investigating patients’ perspectives towards and use of Non Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) for atrial fibrillation. (£4,000 – Public Health Doctoral Researcher)



  • Funding for research module of a Master’s in Clinical Research into Black and Asian patient experience of talking therapy.  (£600 – Nutrionist)  
  • Developing therapeutic communication for families affected by Inherited Genetic Conditions.  (£4,000 – Professor of Health Care Research)
  • MSc in Neurological Occupational Therapy.  (£5,040 – Paediatric Occupational Therapist)


  • Funding to undertake distance learning course to improve the quality of palliative care and develop local palliative care services for those with cognitive disabilities. Distance learning over three years leading to a Master’s degree in Advanced Practice in Palliative Care (£4,340 – Mental Health Nurse)
  • Funding for a short CPD course in Upper Body Tonicity (£450 – Children’s Occupational Therapist)


  • Funding for a project to determine the current usage of social media by people from inner London boroughs with rheumatoid arthritis and then to use this information to develop social media platforms to enhance healthcare for those with arthritis. (£3,500 – Podiatrist)
  • A small research project of which the main aim is to investigate the support needs of carers of people with psychosis who present to a busy accident & emergency department in South London. (£4,459 – Clinical Psychologist)
  • A pilot study to assist clinical decision making using a new chest pain risk score to indicate the probability that a person with non-traumatic chest pain has ischaemic heart disease. (£10,000 – General Practitioner and Consultant cardiologist)


  • Funding for a specialist targeted training programme for clinicians and other health staff working with young people in Barking and Dagenham, to develop their understanding and awareness of young people’s experience of violence within intimate relationships.  (£7,000 – Probation Officer and Nurse)
  • Attendance at an Advanced Clinical Skills-Deafness Course to improve the delivery of care to hearing-impaired children in East London (£5,900 – Speech & Language Therapist)


  • A pilot scheme to improve the Primary Care response to victims of Intimate Partner Domestic Violence. (Westminster – GP – £2,000)
  • Research into the use of a measure of risk in acute mental health to improve services for patients. (Camden & Islington – Community Mental Nurse – £6,000)


  • Improving Cancer Survivorship Care for East London: an investigation into best practice at leading centres of excellence in USA.  (£2,650 – Consultant Physiotherapist & Clinical Occupational Therapist)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; a clinical tool for monitoring patients following an exacerbation. (£4,648 – Nurse/Research Manager & Respiratory Consultant)
  • Funding for 3-day training courses on palliative care of patients and end-of-life needs for a total of 40 Community Health Care Assistants. (£5,942 – St Francis Hospice, Romford)

If you are interested in applying, please start by reading the Notes for Applicants. A single Bursary of up to £10,000 may be awarded annually, subject to funding availability, following an open competition held in April and May. Applicants may be from any speciality within the general definition of primary healthcare. However, it should be noted that the Bursary cannot be awarded to fund any undergraduate course of study or other training leading to an initial healthcare qualification.


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If, having read the notes, you wish to proceed, your next step is to complete an Application Form. Click on the link to download and save this Word document onto your computer. You should then complete the form and send it, by e-mail to the Hon Sec to the Trustees at

Please also use this email address for all general enquiries concerning the Curriers’ Millennium Bursary, or call on 01285 862162.


The Curriers’ Company Millennium Trust – Registered Charity No: 1078793