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A Promising Future for Health and Social Care in the Bailiwick

Insurance Corporation have been proudly funding and supporting innovative ideas from Health and Social Care (HSC) staff to enhance health and social care provision in the Bailiwick through their annual Healthcare Bursary.

The annual competition, which has been running for 27 years, is open to staff members of HSC who submit ideas to improve health or social care in the islands.

2018 has been another year of inspiring entries; and after shortlisting from a record fifteen entries to five the finalists were announced at an annual awards ceremony at The Farmhouse on November 14th 2018.

After an afternoon of presentations on 31st October 2018 in front of a panel of six judges, it was decided that Elaine Torrance and Annabel Nicholas would be awarded the top prize of £2000 to help fund the development of ‘The Iris Project’.

By introducing electronic assisted communication, the team hope to improve satisfaction of midwifery services for the women of Alderney.
“This prize money will allow us to purchase electronic devices, as well as provide midwifery time to the project” says Annabel Nicholas.

The runner up award was presented to Chantelle Dodsworth and Graham Durham, who’s aspirations to improve bereavement care within the emergency department and help the grieving process for families saw them awarded with a prize fund of £1000.

Mark De Garis, Chief Secretary: “I would like to thank Insurance Corporation for its continued support of the bursary scheme which plays an important role in supporting colleagues to bring forward new ideas which help better support those in need of Health & Social Care’s services.

The bursary was founded by Peter Walpole some 27 years ago over which time it has delivered tremendous benefit to our community and colleagues who work across health and care. I am exceptionally grateful to Mandy Hunt, Managing Director of Insurance Corporation for the close personal interest she takes in the bursary as well as her active involvement in the judging.

It was impressive to see such a consistently high quality of entries. I was also struck by the very real passion and dedication from entrants to make a positive improvement to the services HSC provide which came across very strongly”

Sarah Beatty, Broker Development Manager at Insurance Corporation said “This bursary would not be possible without the hard work and dedication from the entrants themselves. Our thanks go to the staff at HSC who take the time to complete our bursary applications and take part in our awards to benefit patients and service users. Understandably, we are very proud to have made this contribution to local life for so long, and long may it continue!”

This year’s other shortlisted entries were as follows:
⁃ Introducing Orthoptic screening for patients admitted to PEH with stroke – Mo McIndoe
⁃ Every Day is a Patient Safety Day – Vicky Tucker and Steve Winterflood
⁃ An Accessible Editing Suite – Thomas Byrom and Kay Shackleton

The top prize at the 2017 Healthcare Bursary was awarded to Dianne Birch and the ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ project. Their project works to introduce non pharmacological interventions for people who suffer with dementia, including laughter yoga – in hopes to reduce the need for medicine and assist with depression, loneliness, agitation, and stress levels.

Follow the development of the winning projects throughout 2019 via the Insurance Corporation website HERE and Facebook Page HERE

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