27th Anniversary Healthcare Bursary Launched!
Health & Social Care (HSC) staff have the opportunity to benefit from a £3000 prize fund to support worthy projects that enhance health & social care provision in the Bailiwick.
Launched on 3rd September 2018, the Insurance Corporation Healthcare Bursary is in it’s 27th year and has been hugely influential in the progress of local health & social care via the funding of innovative ideas from HSC staff members.
‘In the early days we realised healthcare employees with innovative ideas had no obvious method of obtaining funding or support to make their concept a reality,’ says Insurance Corporation Managing Director Mandy Hunt.
‘As a local business, we felt it was important to help out and offer a solution. That was 27 years ago and we’ve been running the competition ever since and there have been some incredible entries from some very hard-working and talented people for us to consider. Understandably, we are very proud to have made this contribution to local life for so long, and long may it continue.”
The Healthcare Bursary was started in 1991 by Insurance Corporation founder Peter Walpole. Sandra James MBE, who went on to be an HSSD board member, took the top prize for her project regarding alcohol abuse in the islands. Over the following years there have been a variety of inspiring entries relating to bereavement, information provision, mental health, cancer care and several social care projects that have received the bursary.
Last year the £2000 top prize went to Dianne Birch & Martin Doran for their project ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, which utilises non pharmacological interventions for people who suffer with dementia; including laughter yoga. The teams hopes were to reduce the need for medicine and assist with depression, loneliness, agitation, and stress levels.
The runner up prize was awarded to Tony Collins & Dr Ben Newell, whose proposal to support people suffering with ADHD through dialectic behavioural therapy for young people and parents saw them awarded with a prize fund of £1000.
Entry forms for this year’s competition are available HERE and from the Health & Social Care human resources team and must be returned by 7th October 2018. A selection panel will meet on 31st October 2018 to hear more about the projects from the shortlisted candidates, followed by a presentation day on 14th November 2018.
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