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Insurance Corporation Healthcare Bursary Presentation 2015

JUDGING for the Insurance Corporation Healthcare Bursary has taken place and the winning projects will be announced tomorrow (11 November) at a special luncheon for entrants and previous winners.

Nine entries were received from across HSSD, which have been shortlisted to five. Each of the entrants presented their project to a judging panel.


The shortlisted entries are as follows:

HOME FROM HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER VISITING SCHEME

Alex Dufour and Charlotte Carr in partnership with Health Information Guernsey and Age Concern Guernsey

The project is a volunteer visitor scheme for older adults with a target audience of the over 65s who are discharged from hospital with ‘low level care needs’. Those assessed as likely to benefit from the scheme will be offered a voluntary visitor for up to the first six weeks upon discharge. The primary aim will be to reduce social isolation by facilitating social re-enablement while recovering from hospital stay. Furthermore the volunteers can provide a point of contact between the healthcare setting and the community. In addition, the volunteers will provide a link at the end of the six weeks to other services in the community such as those offered by Age Concern Guernsey while partnering HSSD. There are multi-faceted benefits of volunteer visiting to HSSD. Economically, there is evidence to suggest that volunteer visiting can reduce re-admission to hospital and assist in ensuring that care packages are used in the correct way. This is a preventative model of care, which has been proven to save money long term.

THE ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A MOBILE APP FOR PEOPLE WITH PERSISTENT PAIN

Damien Appleton, Katie Basset, Martin Lock, Yaroslav Stefak from the Chronic Pain Team at PEH

Each year the Chronic Pain Team receives 0ver 1000 referrals. One of the evidence-based interventions is to provide patients with self-management skills to enable patients to cope and thrive in spite of their persistent pain. Currently demand for this type of service far exceeds capacity. Recently a novel form of self-management has been developed in the form of the Pain Toolkit mobile app, which provides information on exercises, pacing and psychological strategies to maximise patients functioning. In addition it collects data on patient’s activities and psychological functioning which are electronically sent to their clinician allowing remote monitoring of progress and alerting the clinician to possible difficulties. Therefore more patients than before can benefit from self-management.

RESEARCH PROJECT INVESTIGATING THE EXPOSURE LEVELS OF CHILDREN TO AIR POLLUTION ON WALK ROUTES TO SCHOOLS

Tobin Cook and Cathy Rirsch from the Office of Environmental Health

This project will inform the evidence-base regarding the exposure of children to air pollution and positively inform schools (and the States) regarding promoting walking initiatives and reducing exposures to air pollution. These interventions will reduce exposure of vulnerable groups in higher-risk locations for air pollution, benefit development during key life-stages and reduce the likelihood of medical interventions for respiratory conditions.

ACCESSIBLE WEBSITE FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Nina Heckelmann and Kristianne Stewart

The project is for the development of an accessible website for people with learning disabilities to access information about adult disability services. The aims are two-fold: to improve the quality and ease of information for the group and empower and involve service-users in a service development project. To set this up the project requires funding for an easy-read video website together with multi-media (camera). In addition the project would require bank staff hours to set up working in partnership with a group of service users. The project will link with the 2020 vision and the Disability Inclusion Strategy that enables people to live healthy and independent lives.

A SHORT FILM TO PROMOTE DIABETIC EDUCATION AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES

Clinical Lead Dietitian Myfanwy Datta, Specialist Dietitian Rhona Hume, and Consultant Nurse Specialists Ann Kinch and Alison Place

Every poorly controlled diabetic has the potential to require thousands of pounds of medical care, for example renal dialysis costs annually. GPs do not have the practise dieticians present, so this is a neat way of providing input to a large area of the population currently not covered, with real potential to reduce future costs.

The film will be a valuable information resource and will play an important role in educating and assisting to combat the growing number of new cases of Type 2 Diabetes in the Bailiwick.


The annual competition, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, is open to staff members of HSSD who submit ideas to improve health or social care in the islands.

Winning projects will be announced tomorrow at a special luncheon for entrants and previous winners.

The winners will receive a £2,000 prize, and the runners up will receive a £1,000 prize.

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