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Catching up with The IRIS Project – Winners of our Healthcare Bursary 2018

After another inspiring year at our Insurance Corporation Healthcare Bursary, which is in it’s 27th year; we caught up with Elaine Torrance and Annabel Nicholas about their winning IRIS Project – introducing electronic assisted communication to improve satisfaction of midwifery services for the women of Alderney.

Congratulations! How does it feel winning our Healthcare Bursary?

It’s really lovely actually. We were both really shocked when The IRIS project was called out as the winner of the Bursary. We are really grateful to have this opportunity to try something new that may make such a difference for the mothers and families of Alderney

How will the Bursary help your project moving forwards?

The Bursary will enable the focus groups to happen, the purchase of the devises and support the robust evaluation of the intervention to measure if this project really has made a difference

We are really grateful to have this opportunity to try something new that may make such a difference for the mothers and families of Alderney

Will you have a team behind this project?

Yes the team consists currently of Midwives, IT advisor, and a business manager. We expect this team will grow to include GP’s in Alderney

When are you hoping to launch and get things started for pregnant women in Alderney?

Because we are in the scoping phase and need to get that right I would expect January 2019. We have already spoken to a mother and a GP in Alderney and they were pleased to hear of the project and felt it would be very well received

What impact are you hoping the Iris Project will have on women in Alderney and midwives in Guernsey?

Better relationships and satisfaction for women, by having a recognised way of improving contact when physical presence of a midwife in Alderney is not possible


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