Shire Innovation Fund for Specialist Nurses in Bowel Care

The Shire Innovation Fund for Specialists Nurses (SpNs) in Bowel Care (formally the Shire Innovation Fund for IBD Nurses) is part of Shire Pharmaceuticals' continuing commitment to supporting initiatives that improve the outcomes for patients with IBD and bowel continence disorders
The aim of the Fund is to support nurses working in IBD and continence advisors working in bowel care who want to develop their services further for the benefit of patients with IBD and bowel continence disorders.
The Fund
The Shire Innovation Fund for SpNs in Bowel Care can provide grants of up to £1,500 (total Fund £7,500) for nurse-led projects that further medical care for patients with IBD and bowel continence disorders.
If you are a nurse or continence advisor providing care to patients in the UK with IBD or bowel disorders you can apply to the fund. The Fund is open to all types of proposals which show development of local IBD or continence advice services such as providing resources for auditing and research activities, participation in congress or educational programmes, purchasing of equipment, patient education materials, short practical and vocational courses that will give immediate benefit to patients, and much more.
Please note that the Shire Innovation Fund cannot provide funding for all or part of a course that can lead to a professional qualification, for example, a degree, degree module, diploma or postgraduate diploma (whether or not it is the applicant’s intention to sit the relevant exam or not). Examples of previous successful projects can be found in the Shire Innovation Fund  newsletters, which you can download by clicking on the links on this page.
Apply Online or By Post
We recommend that you read the top tips on how to make your application successful. It provides some useful hints on what the judges look for when reviewing the applications.
On the Application Form:

  • More information on the Fund and how to apply
  • Address for applications by post

Click here for the application form and to apply online.
Judging Panel
The Shire Innovation Fund for SpNs in Bowel Care is very proud to have the support of an independent judging panel comprising of experienced IBD specialist nurses and continence advisors.
All applications are provided to the panel in an anonymised form so that an unbiased and fair decision can be reached. Please note that Shire does not receive any details of the applications or the applicants until after the judging process has been completed.
Contact Us
If you have any questions about the application process or the Fund itself, please do not hesitate to email:

Page last updated November 2014 - UK/C-ANPROM/GBU/14/0040e