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2015 Insurance Corporation Healthcare Bursary Launched

HSSD staff again have the opportunity to win a total prize fund of £3000 to support a worthy project in this year’s Insurance Corporation Healthcare Bursary which launches today. Twenty–four years since it first began, the competition encourages staff to explore projects that enhance health and social care provision in the islands and receive the funding to make them a reality.

The bursary started in 1991 with Sandra James, now an HSSD board member, taking the top prize for her project regarding alcohol abuse in the islands. Since then a variety of entries relating to bereavement, information provision, mental health, cancer care and several social care projects have received the bursary.

‘In the current economic climate it is important that responsible local businesses work closely with the States to try to improve the lives of islanders,’ said Insurance Corporation Chairman Peter Walpole.

‘Our close relationship with HSSD has been extremely fruitful for nearly a quarter of a century and we are proud of the key initiatives which we have been able to fund and get off the ground. Judging day is always one of the highlights of the year as we are always incredibly impressed with the commitment shown by entrants and the depth of knowledge that they show. It is always a challenging day too as choosing a winner and a runner up is not an easy task.’

The winners of the 2014 top prize were Nancy Golland advanced physiotherapist, Judy Moore lecturer in healthcare studies and Olwen Bain-Brehaut ward sister at Le Marchant Ward, for their project: Activity Levels In The Elderly – A Pilot Study. They planned to use the funds to implement the introduction of new measures that promote increased mobility and activity for elderly inpatients during admissions on Le Marchant Ward.

Last year’s runner-up prize of £1,000 was awarded to Susan Steer, an occupational therapist on the older adults mental health team for her project on how improvements can be made to community services so that they are responsive to the individual needs of older people with dementia.

Anita Gaudion, HSSD’s HR Business Partner says:

‘HSSD is delighted that Insurance Corporation continue to support its staff with financial help to develop health and social care projects and ideas. The number and quality of the projects supported since Insurance Corporation has been involved is to be commended. We are extremely fortunate to have this opportunity and I would encourage anyone thinking about a project to put in their proposal.’

Entry forms are available from and the HSSD human resources team and must be returned by Friday 9 October. A selection panel will meet on 23 October to hear more about the projects from the shortlisted candidates. The presentation will take place midday on 11 November.


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