Nurses and NHS staff NHS staff working in the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals network know better than anyone the pressures of limited resources. We know you want to be able to do more – and we want to help you do it. There are several ways we can work together to ensure you can deliver the very best care to your patients. Raise funds for the extras that make a difference You know what a difference extra support staff, new equipment or a more comfortable environment can make to the patients in your care. Many staff members help us fill the gaps that NHS resources cannot reach by organising and taking part in fundraising events for the charity. Staff from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ Stroke Services organised and competed in a 'Strictly come Dancing' style event in a bid to win the renowned glitter ball trophy, raising funds for specialist equipment, new technologies in speech and language therapy, and local patient support groups. Strokely Come Dancing was amazing – such a great atmosphere. The concept was suggested by one of our stroke nurse practitioners as a fun event which would help encourage lots of people to get involved. Amanda Jones, Stroke Nurse Consultant Let us know how we can help you fundraise for your department Raise awareness of the charity where you work A lot of patients and families want to give something back during or after treatment. By telling them about Sheffield Hospitals Charity and the work we do, you will be giving them a chance to contribute in the most positive way possible. We can provide you with information, materials and advice to help you spread the word among patients and colleagues. If you're taking part in one of our fundraising events, make sure everyone knows how to sponsor you! Having one of our fundraising tins on your ward is one of the easiest, fastest ways to increase awareness and bring in the donations that drive our work. Top up on tins to fundraise fast – or find out more about how you can spread the word Apply for charitable funds to help you and your patients The charity has appointed members of staff as Fund Advisors. Fund Advisors can access our funds and are usually staff working within a service, ward or department. Two Fund Advisors can approve expenditure of up to £5,000. Contact the Fund Advisor in your area if you are aware of something that the charity could fund which would benefit patients. If it is something over £5,000 an application form must be completed, signed by two Fund Advisors then submitted to the Charitable Funds Management Committee via [email protected]. You may also wish to send a copy of the application to the Charity so we are aware of it. An application pack and a list of Fund Advisors and funds are available here. The Financial Assistance Towards Nursing Study Leave Application form is available here. The Financial Assistance Towards Study Application form is available here. The Study Leave Fund Guidance is available here. The charity has also made funding available for small improvement projects via the Sheffield Hospital Charity Awards. Funding can be awarded at ward, department or team level and this is up to a maximum of £5,000 in total. These awards are designed to support and empower staff on the front line of patient care who wish to improve the experience of their patients. You're already making an incredible difference, but together we can do more.