Sanofi has launched its UK Patient Group Bursary for a second year running pledging £50,000 to relevant support bodies.
Applications are welcomed from all types of patient groups with three chosen applicants receiving grants worth £25,000, £15,000 and £10,000.
Steve Oldfield, Sanofi’s UK General Manager, says the company is once again “delighted to demonstrate our support to patient groups”.
The 2011 bursary scheme focused on support groups that were developing capacity to deliver health services to the NHS; improving and promoting patient empowerment and information; and reducing health inequalities. Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Multiple Sclerosis Trust shared last year’s £50,000 fund.
However, following feedback from the scheme’s panel of expert judges, three successful applicants will share this year’s bursary.
Applications from local groups, social enterprises and professional associations are all welcome. The three successful applicants will need to demonstrate that their programmes can deliver improvements in patient empowerment and information.
“We are excited to be rolling out this programme for a second year and we look forward to continuing our work in partnership with patient groups, delivering the aim of bringing about improvements in patient empowerment and information,” said Mr Oldfield.
Mr Oldfield will chair the panel of judges and will be joined by Baroness Pitkeathley OBE, Labour Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, the broadcaster and author Baroness Neuberger and Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE, Conservative Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords and former shadow spokesperson for health.
Applications are now invited until Friday 27th April 2012. The judging panel will meet in May to assess these and decide upon the winning patient bodies.
Further information on the Patient Group Bursary can be found on Sanofi’s website.