Hospital staff zone
This area of our website is for staff working at North Bristol NHS Trust.
We are your charity
We invest in improving healthcare for tomorrow’s generation of patients and their families.
Last year we raised £3.4 million and provided £2.4 million in funding to North Bristol NHS Trust to fund innovative healthcare.
We support projects across our four key funding areas
There are lots of ways we can work with you to provide the funding for projects and solutions to improve services for your patients.
Fundraising for your department
Please let the charity team know if you are organising any fundraising for your area.
We can help with sponsorship forms, insurance and general advice for making your event a success – a quick phone call or email is all it takes.
Staff must not accept cash donations but encourage donors to donate online via southmeadhospitalcharity.org.uk or via the cashier’s office in the atrium of the Brunel Building.
Or they can send a cheque payable to Southmead Hospital Charity to the address below, with a covering note if they would like their donation to go to a certain area.
Southmead Hospital Charity
Learning & Research Two
Bristol BS10 5NB
Support for staff
We also fund projects which develop and support staff to help them deliver exceptional healthcare to more than 300,000 patients a year.
The Wellbeing Programme, funded by Southmead Hospital Charity, offers physical, psychological and lifestyle support including a physiotherapy assessment service, bespoke psychological support sessions, Arts on Referral and the Mental Health First Aid network.
Staff have access to a 24/7 free, confidential helpline offering counselling about financial, legal, relationships and more, provided by partner organisation Health Assured. Contact them at NBTWellbeing@nbt.nhs.uk.
The charity can also provide seed funding for new roles within the Trust over a set period of time. Professional development training may also be funded by the charity.
Your help can make all the difference
One simple thing that you can do as a member of staff at NBT is to remember that if you are asked by a patient, their friends or family how they can say thank you for their care by donating to the hospital, please encourage them to talk to Southmead Hospital Charity about how they can support the hospital, ward or department.
By sharing our work and making a connection between grateful patients and their families, you can really make a huge difference.
Please wear our Southmead Hospital Charity badges and lanyards to raise awareness of your hospital charity. Get in touch with us to get yours.
Sharing our impact
If we have already funded something in your department, please make sure that the charity is acknowledge in any publicity or posts on social media.
Do let us know if we have funded a project that you think we can publicise to highlight your work and our impact.
We also encourage you to have our fundraising leaflets and posters displayed. Talk to us about this.
How you can apply for funding
The Grants Process
A grant is a financial award made by Southmead Hospital Charity to support its charitable activities relating to North Bristol NHS Trust.
All grant applicants must hold a North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) contract of employment, must currently deliver services and plan to undertake their proposed project for the benefit of patients at NBT.
Southmead Hospital Charity grants are awarded using a robust procedure to ensure donations are spent in accordance with the charity’s charitable objectives and donor’s wishes to the greatest benefit to our patients.
Southmead Hospital Charity funds four key areas of support:
- Buildings and spaces
- Patient and staff support
All applications will be asked to complete a short summary of their proposal which will include details of the unmet need and the project which will be addressed.
All applicants must clearly demonstrate how the project proposal meets the charity’s strategic aims and will improve patient care, services or staff support at the Trust.
Any application with a value of over £5,000 will be asked to complete the charity’s business case template which is aligned with the Trust’s business planning template. This ensures that all additional costs have been covered in accordance with the Trust’s business case approval process.
General fund applications
All grant applications to the general fund are administered through the annual grant round. Any applications for spend from the general fund outside of this process are sent to the divisional management team to support from the charity’s divisional funds.
The 2019/2020 general fund grants round will run from Wednesday 16 October to 12 noon on Wednesday 4 December 2019.
Divisional fund applications
Most areas of the hospital have a charitable fund. In the first instance, please speak to the fundholder for your department. If you are unsure of who they are please get in touch with us.
It is important that any project or equipment you are seeking funding for:
- has a clear benefit for patients or their families and will improve the healthcare service it supports
- is in line with the charity’s four key areas of funding and North Bristol NHS Trust’s strategy
- goes beyond standard NHS provision
If you have any queries about applying for a grant please contact Elizabeth Bond, head of fundraising:
Could you be a Charity Champion?
We’re looking for North Bristol NHS Trust staff to become Southmead Hospital Charity Champions.
Charity Champions are members of staff who act as a link between their ward/department and the Charity. They are our ambassadors who help to raise awareness of us amongst colleagues, patients and their families.
As a Charity Champion, you’ll also be representing your area and identifying where charity funding could have an impact.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Charity Champion please contact Elizabeth Bond, Head of Fundraising.