Today, Insurance Corporation celebrated the 31st anniversary of our Health & Social Care Bursary. The Bursary is the only awards scheme in the Bailiwick promoting and celebrating health and wellbeing in the Bailiwick. For over 30 years Health and Social Care staff have been invited to submit their ideas to improve the health or social care provision in the Bailiwick, with those projects deemed most beneficial to the Bailiwick community receiving an award.
Earlier this month, a panel of judges from HSC and Insurance Corporation heard presentations from each of the four finalists, finding out more about their ideas and how they envisioned they would help patients, families and the community in the future.
Today the Bailiff announced the winners of the 2022 Health & Social Care Bursary as Nicola Cross and Hayley Bearman, who will receive £2,500 towards their project ‘Step Forward’. The initiative aims to encourage patients discharged from hospital to be motivated to become more mobile by the use of a pedometer. The scheme will monitor service user mobility levels through steps taken and track progress, providing valuable feedback to both the patient and HSC.
Nicola said "when people get home from hospital it is back to where life is and it is important that we are there to help them get back to doing what they were doing before. The scheme will be important to our patients as they will see how much progress they are making’.
The runner up award was presented to Kelly Marquis for her ‘Falls Prevention and Management’ project that aims to provide emergency lifting equipment to Community Services, to improve the efficiencies of patient care and costs and avoiding prolonged issues resultant from long-lie injuries.
At the awards ceremony, we were delighted to announce that in a joint venture between Insurance Corporation, HSC and St John's Ambulance we would collectively purchase one of the special lifting chairs to be available within the community.
The other finalists, who were also highly commended, were Kitty Stewart and Nina Heckelmann for their pilot scheme which aims to assist adults with learning difficulties and autism in managing expectations of future scenarios, through the creation of a series of ‘Accessible Service Information Videos’; and Nick Davison whose project, ‘This is MY voice’ aims to record and preserve the voices of service users digitally, when injury or diseases had the potential to take them away.
Matt Jones, Director of Operations at HSC said: ‘The Insurance Corporation Bursary Scheme which has operated since 1991 makes a real difference to our staff and the work they deliver for our community across health and social care. The award drives innovation and directly supports our commitment to continually challenge and transform our services. The greatest challenge we have is choosing a winner from the many quality applications we receive each year. All applicants have fully embraced the ethos of the Partnership of Purpose and I would like to thank both our staff and friends at the Insurance Corporation for their engagement and support of this important initiative.’
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