Winners - ADHD And Sleep Apnoea

The 2011 Insurance Corporation Healthcare Bursary has, this year, awarded two prizes to two very different projects.

Selected from a shortlist of five, the first prize of £2,000 went to clinical nurse practitioners, Joe Hind and Paul Fisher, for their plans to create an interactive board game for people with ADHD.

Joe and Paul have designed a board game that will help families to understand and develop skills around managing ADHD. The game will encompass areas of parent training, group work, sibling work, psychotherapy, problem solving and communication. If a success it is hoped to roll out a full version of the game for use at schools, clubs and perhaps for health professionals off-island.

The runner-up spot and £1,000 went to Rebecca Sherrington with her proposal to create a website to aid sleep apnoea sufferers. Rebecca, a clinical nurse specialist in respiratory medicine, looks after those patients with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome, a condition that causes interruptions in breathing during sleep. The funds will go towards creating a website that will provide local advice from patients and nurses on sleep apnoea - a resource that is currently lacking.

'This year marks the 21st anniversary of the healthcare bursary, and after all these years, I continue to be delighted at the diversity of entries we receive from staff across HSSD,' said Insurance Corporation chairman and founder of the bursary, Peter Walpole.

'This year we decided to split the prize money which means we have been able to assist two projects which will bring increased benefits to the local community in two very different areas of healthcare.'