News, October 2019

Posted: October 07th 2019



In collaboration with the Rural Services Partnership we are holding an AGM on 3 December in London. This will be an opportunity to hear more about our work in detail and to network with some of the 70 RHCA members who all share our collective vision. We will also have a keynote speaker on the challenges of rural service delivery in health and care. The event, which is scheduled for lunchtime, is free to attend. If you would like to join us please email: 


Rural Proofing Toolkit

In partnership with Rural England the National Centre is just beginning to plan the development of a Rural Proofing Health Toolkit. The team also includes a representative from Nuffield Trust.  We are interested in opportunities to test and work up case studies around this initiative. If you would like to get involved from either of these perspectives please contact: 


Rural Workforce data from Skills for Care

Some fascinating facts about the characteristics of the social care workforce from a rural perspective.


Funding Digest

Kay our Research Lead has begun a regular process of collating information about funding sources. She is happy for you to email her for more details around this theme of her work at: 


This month’s featured funding opportunities are:

National Opportunities:


The Dulverton Trust:

An independent grant making charity, which supports UK charities and CIOs by funding a range of activities, including Youth Opportunities and General Welfare activities. They celebrated their 70th birthday this summer and over their lifetime they have awarded 9,847 grants totalling £109,120,876. In 2018/19 they awarded grants of almost £4.4million.  Previous grant beneficiaries have included Oasis Community Housing, Independence at Home, UK Men’s Sheds Association and The Lucy Faithful Foundation. To check if your organisation is eligible for funding, you can take their Eligibility quiz online here.


The James Tudor Foundation:

A foundation whose mission is the relief of human sickness. They make awards across 6 programme areas: Palliative Care; Medical Research; Health Education, Awards and Scholarships; The Direct Relief of Sickness; and Overseas Projects for the Relief of Human Sickness. Grant beneficiaries include charities, universities, hospitals and hospices. Their two key themes relating to their Medical Research Awards are Research & Clinical Trials, and Women’s Health. For information on how to apply, visit


The Masonic Charitable Foundation:

A foundation which provided grants to local and national charities to the value of £5million each year. Their grants are broken down into 4 key areas: Early Years, Later Life, Medical Research, and Hospice care. Medical Research grants are only awarded via invitation to apply. They award small grants (up to £15,000) on a quarterly basis and applications must be made within their application windows. The current application window begins on 14th October 2019 and ends on 3rd January 2020.  Large grants (over 10,000) are also awarded quarterly, but using different application windows. The current window for 1st stage applications began on 16th September and ends on 4th November 2019. For more information and to check eligibility, call 020 3146 3337 or email .


Regional opportunities:

Bishop of Lincoln’s Social Justice Fund:

Offers grants of £5,000 - £25,000 to local groups within Greater Lincolnshire who are involved in social justice work, including projects related to social cohesion, isolation, poverty, the elderly and children & Young people.  They hold quarterly panels to review applications and the closing date for the next round of funding is 1st December 2019. For more information on how to apply visit


RHCW Conference 2019 – Rural Resilience in Health and Care, communities and individuals

The third annual RHCW Conference is taking place on the 5th and 6th November 2019 at the Royal Welsh showground, Builth Wells, Powys, with over 25 presentations on a broad range of topics, from training and recruiting health and care staff in rural areas to practical examples of innovative projects and research taking place across Wales, the UK and as far afield as the USA and Australia.

An Agenda for the Conference is attached, with on-line booking available here:


Parliamentary Inquiry – Session 5

This was held on 9 September on the theme of Education and Training and featured a number of inspiring presentations including from Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett on the work of Helpforce ( ). You can view the notes here.

The next session on 9 November at the House of Commons is on systems based approaches and if you would like to attend as part of the audience (with an opportunity to contribute views) please contact: 



Our latest free seminar on place based approaches to rural health and care was a big hit. We held it in Nailsea and you can access the presentations here.

The next seminar on delivering services differently is already fully booked (in Preston on 7 October) but I will make you aware in the next copy of Casebook so that you can access the slides. 

We have upcoming seminars in Lincoln on Technology on 12 November and in Thirsk on connectivity on rural transport on 9 December.  If you would like to book please contact: