Health & Social Care (HSC) staff have the opportunity to benefit from a £3000 prize fund to support worthy projects that enhance health & social care provision in the Bailiwick, through the annual Insurance Corporation Healthcare Bursary.
Launched on 2nd September 2019, the Insurance Corporation Healthcare Bursary is in it’s 28th year and has been hugely influential in the progress of local health & social care via the funding of innovative ideas from HSC staff members.
‘In 1991 our Healthcare Bursary was founded when we realised healthcare employees, with innovative ideas, had no obvious method of obtaining funding or support to make their concept a reality,’ says Insurance Corporation HR & PR Executive, Michelle Arundale.
‘As a local business, we felt it was important to help out and offer a solution. That was 28 years ago and we have been running the competition ever since. There have been some incredible entries from some very hard-working and talented people for us to consider. Understandably, we are very proud to have made this contribution to local life for so long, and long may it continue.’
‘Having been part of the judging panel over the past 5 years, I continue to be amazed with the commitment and innovation shown by the entrants. Each year, the competition has been strong and narrowing down the shortlisted finalists has always been challenging. I am looking forward to being part of the judging process again this year.’
The Healthcare Bursary was started in 1991 by Insurance Corporation founder Peter Walpole. Sandra James MBE, who went on to be an HSSD board member, took the top prize for her project regarding alcohol abuse in the islands. Over the following years there have been a variety of inspiring entries relating to bereavement, information provision, mental health, cancer care and several social care projects that have received the bursary.
Last year the £2000 top prize went to Elaine Torrance and Annabel Nicholas for the ‘IRIS Project’, introducing electronic assisted communication to improve satisfaction of midwifery services for the women of Alderney.
The runner up prize was awarded 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.
Entry forms for this year’s competition are available HERE and from the Health & Social Care human resources team and must be returned by 7th October 2019. A selection panel will meet on 31st October 2019 to hear more about the projects from the shortlisted candidates, followed by a presentation day at The Farmhouse on 13th November 2019.