Launch of “The Elsies”

Launch of “The Elsies”
September 5, 2014

Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation commit £10,000 annually to establish the Elsie Inglis Staff Development Awards

The Trustees of the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation have today (29 August) announced the launch of a new grants scheme dedicated to staff development, in honour of Edinburgh doctor and suffragist Dr Elsie Inglis.

The scheme (to be known as “the Elsie’s”) will help fund individual NHS Lothian staff in developing their potential through learning, to provide care of the highest possible quality, which is also safe, effective and person-centred.

The awards can be for between £100 and £1,000 and are simple to apply for. Awards may be made for (example) :

  • Expenses in connection with attending a conference, presenting a poster or case study
  • Travel bursary to visit a centre-of-excellence to learn new techniques
  • Expenses in connection with attending a training seminar or other course,


Open to NHS Lothian employees only, applications can be made via an MS Word application form soon to be available on the Health Foundation’s website. Priority will be given to those who have not received an award previously. Further information, including the application form, eligibility and FAQs are available on our Grant Seekers page.


Tim Davison, Chief Executive of NHS Lothian said: “Dr Elsie Inglis has a proud place in Edinburgh’s medical history and I am delighted that the Health Foundation trustees have approved the proposal to establish the Elsie  Awards in the centenary year of the First World War, in which she played so great a part.”

Jane Ferguson, Director of the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation said: “The Foundation’s Main and Small Grants programmes have gone from strength to strength since their launch, bringing great benefit to people across Lothian and in particular to patients and carers of NHS Lothian. Our aim, with “the Elsies”, will be to directly support the continued development of hardworking NHS Lothian staff.”