Deliveroo has facilitated a donation of £300,000 to fund a new training programme for NHS nurses and midwives, in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Foundation.
The money was raised as part of Deliveroo’s campaign ‘Supporting the NHS and vulnerable groups’, which saw donations from both customers and partners. The programme will support the training of 200 nursing and midwifery staff across the UK, particularly targeting those from low-income backgrounds or in the early stages of their careers.
The initiative has been described as a “small gesture to express the enormous gratitude of Deliveroo customers and partners towards NHS staff for their incredible efforts to keep the nation safe during the pandemic.”
The programme will teach a wide range of specialisms, including pain management, mental health, oncology, diabetes and critical care. As a result, the delivery company claim the training will “enhance patient care and improve clinical practice at hospitals around the UK.”
Two spaces on the programme will be allocated to Deliveroo riders who also work for the NHS as either nurses or midwives and eligible riders are encouraged to apply. Applications for the initiative – which includes short stand-alone courses and MSc modules – will open in March 2022
The news follows Deliveroo’s ongoing support for the NHS throughout the pandemic, which saw it delivering one million meals to staff and facilitating another donation of £500,000 to five NHS trusts across the UK.
“NHS Staff work tirelessly to treat and care for patients and we are all enormously grateful for the work they do. This is a fantastic programme and I want to thank Deliveroo and the RCN Foundation for supporting the skills and training of our fantastic nurses and midwives,” said Secretary of State for health and social care Sajid Javid.
Deliveroo founder and chief executive officer Will Shu added: “NHS staff have played an invaluable role in keeping us and our loved ones safe during the pandemic.”
“As a British business, we want to use Deliveroo’s unique network for good and express our enormous gratitude to frontline NHS staff. Thanks to the generosity of our customers and partners, we are delighted to be able to support the further training of fantastic NHS nurses and midwives”
RCN Foundation Board of Trustees professor Jane Cummings CBE commented: “Health and care staff have been at the forefront of supporting patients, families and communities through the pandemic for two years. We are honoured to be able to support nurses, midwives and health care support workers by investing in the profession for the long term through this new educational grants programme.”
“We are grateful to Deliveroo and the many customers who have given money in support of NHS nursing and midwifery staff.”