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Jersey copying HSC’s blueprint

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IMITATION is the best form of flattery, according to the President of Health & Social Care, with Jersey looking to copy the Guernsey system.

Deputy Heidi Soulsby. (Picture by Adrian Miller)

During her general update to the Assembly, Deputy Heidi Soulsby announced that the local blueprint, called the partnership of purpose, was creating waves elsewhere.

‘Published last month, the Jersey Care Model closely reflects the partnership of purpose in its ambition, areas of focus and driving principles. Indeed, it even references the need to create a partnership of purpose and I look forward to meeting with my Jersey counterpart to discuss common opportunities.’

That is scheduled for this week.

The general updates in the Assembly are an opportunity for committee presidents to let other States members know what they are doing.

Deputy Soulsby went through a number of initiatives. For instance, virtual reality is being considered as part of the acute and community pain service, a fixed tariff is being set for sexual health services, a pilot project for familial hypercholesterolaemia has been launched, there are plans for a visiting service comprising a consultant geneticist and a genetic counsellor, and a new diagnostic service in cardiology has been introduced.

The exhaustive list also included the opening of two new scanners in radiology, free screening for cervical cancer, the drawing up of a policy framework for medicinal cannabis, and the unveiling of the new autism hub.

Summing up, Deputy Soulsby said that the transformation programme was substantial and complex, but that they had a firm grasp of it.

‘Some of the 2017 resolutions have proved slower and more challenging to deliver than expected while in other areas we are more advanced than we anticipated.

‘We are well on track to ensure that we have set firm foundations for the new model of care by the end of this term and so ensure that any future committee can hit the ground running.’

Helen Bowditch

By Helen Bowditch
News reporter

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