RCN Foundation (Lamplight)

Lamplight provides one-off grants to registered nurses and midwives, Health Care Assistants (HCAs), Nurse Associates and Nursing Apprentices, and nursing students. See the "Who is eligible" section for more information.

Lamplight’s friendly and professional team also have the expertise to provide tailored advice and information on:

  • Eligibility for welfare benefits and tax credits;
  • Assessing a household’s financial capability to meet its outgoings;
  • Ways to increase income and reduce expenditure;
  • Setting an action plan to enable individuals to take steps to improve their financial wellbeing;
  • Additional services that could benefit the individual.

Before charitable funding will be considered, Lamplight requires individuals to:

  • Apply for all benefits they may be eligible for;
  • Take reasonable steps to increase household income and reduce household outgoings, which includes a partner’s income/expenditure and contributions from non-dependants;
  • Access specialist debt advice, if needed;
  • Complete a comprehensive budget and provide supporting documents, including bank statements.

Financial assistance is made with the full consideration of an individual’s circumstances and support tailored to ensure its biggest impact. The type of assistance available will aim to be flexible to the needs of individuals.

Last updated on 26 July 2019

Who is eligible?

Registered Nurses and Midwives

  • Can apply whilst working, unemployed and when retired, if they have been registered as a nurse and/or midwife in the UK.
  • Individuals that have been suspended or removed from the NMC register by a Fitness to Practice panel are subject to review by a committee.

Health Care Assistants (HCAs), Nurse Associates and Nursing Apprentices

  • Can apply whilst working, unemployed and when retired, but must have worked in a UK-based healthcare role with their duties directed to them by a registered nurse or midwife for a minimum of three years.

Nursing Students

We can help students in some circumstances. 

  • Students can apply whilst on a pre-registration nursing degree programme if they need to take a break from their studies due to illness and no longer in receipt of student funding
  • Students might also be able to apply if they need to relocate because of circumstances beyond their control, such as domestic violence
  • Please note we cannot generally assist students who wish to relocate upon completion of their studies.
  • Post-graduate students are not eligible for support.

What we can't help with

  • Funeral costs and costs associated with bereavement;
  • Educational or training costs, with the exception of support with cost of living during a Return to Practice;
  • A shortfall between income and expenditure due to consumer credit debt, including credit cards and loans;
  • Private medical treatment where this treatment is available on the NHS;
  • Top-up fees for care homes;
  • Grants for dependents;
  • Costs associated with NMC hearings and legal fees;
  • Union membership fees.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties and one of the above is a factor, we may be able to support you in a different way. We would be happy for you to contact us to discuss this with you.

How to apply?

How to apply for assistance?

The first step is to arrange a telephone appointment so that the Lamplight team can give you advice and information on eligibility for welfare benefits and tax credits and ways to increase income and reduce expenditure. If the advice is not enough and the Lamplight team think you may be eligible for a grant, they will give you information on how to apply.

To schedule a telephone appointment:

  • RCN members can call RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100;
  • Individuals who are not a RCN member can call 0345 772 6200.

Lines are open 8:30am - 8:30pm, 7 days a week. Further information is available on RCN Foundation's website

Other information

The RCN Foundation offers other types of support to RCN members:

  • Careers support
  • Counselling
  • Support and assistance on immigration issues
  • Peer support
  • Debt advice

Visit the RCN Foundation's website for more information.

Contact details

Royal College Of Nursing
20 Cavendish Square
Email: lamplight@rcn.org.uk
Web: http://www.rcn.org.uk/lamplight

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