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Feature Skills & Training
by MIKE POLLARD
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, HEALTH AND
SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
States of Jersey
Can Jersey provide more
of the skills required
to run a comprehensive health service, if so, how?
P
roviding a specialist services provided to all times of what is happening been able to cover the
comprehensive health Jersey by university-based here and abroad. shortage of trained indigenous
service to a small jurisdiction teaching centres on the nurses by recruiting itinerant
120 miles away from the mainland – with Southampton Two potent examples drawn nurses from such places as
mainland, is far more of a University Hospitals, The from our management of the the Philippines. It is assumed
challenge than providing the Royal Marsden Hospital, and nursing workforce – our largest that such itinerants will in
same in a shire county or Guy’s and St Thomas’ group of health care workers future years be attracted to
urban centre where the latter Hospital being the principal by far – makes this point. these new emerging giants
have general catchment institutions in this regard. and the world wide shortage
populations from 500,000 to The first is to look what is of nurses will become more
over two or three million Whilst we have here in Jersey happening thousands of miles acute.
people. The huge cost of the all of the latest high tech away from our tiny island.
clinical infrastructure – the equipment, well resourced The second is for us here in
buildings, the clinical and laboratory and diagnostic Jersey must recruit from what Jersey to constantly monitor
diagnostic technologies, the facilities, and all the life is now rapidly becoming a the terms and conditions on
highly specialist staff – and enhancing and life extending global market. Brazil, India offer to nurses in Guernsey,
the ability to marshal these drugs and therapies, in the and China are on the Jersey and the United
resources and to sustain them final analysis having the right threshold of becoming Kingdom to ensure that at all
is easier to manage when people with the right skills and developed countries. These times Jersey remains pre-
deployed to serve much larger experience is what it is all huge nations are doing now eminent in the recruitment
populations. We struggle to about. This is why a non- what all developed countries and career packages it offers
manage this fundamental negotiable for our Department have always done which is to to these invaluable and
tension here in Jersey as do all is to ensure that we are invest heavily in health and precious “human resources”.
similar sized jurisdictions. We always able to recruit and caring services as social To date, this is a successful
will always struggle and other retain proficient health and investment to aid, support and stratagem because (with a few
similar sized jurisdictions will social care practitioners. We complement their planned very important exceptional
always struggle. never take our eye off this economic futures. To date, areas of shortage) we are able
particular ball. Ensuring we many mature and developed to recruit well and to a high
This struggle informs the can recruit and retain means countries – such as the standard.
debate about the development that we have to be mindful at National Health Service - have Within this context, a number
of health care skills in Jersey.
The health service on the
island comprises of three
components. Firstly, a group of
highly trained and proficient
general practitioners and other
community based
professionals, who are self-

We struggle to manage
evidently highly regarded by
this fundamental tension
islanders. Secondly, consultant
specialists and other senior
here in Jersey as do all
clinical leaders who provide a
similar sized
modern, high quality
jurisdictions.
secondary care service which

is focused upon the General
Hospital - but not exclusively
so. Thirdly, high tech, hyper-
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