16 June 2021
Jersey's Heart Team in Health and Community Services has been recognised for their work caring for patients who suffer blackouts (syncope). Their service will be listed as an international centre of excellence.
The Syncope Trust and Reflex Anoxic Seizures (STARS) is an organisation which showcases the best practices in syncope and heart rhythm care and publishes an annual report. This year, the service provided by the Jersey Heart Team was selected as a Syncope Pioneer and will be featured alongside a handful of other centres.
The multi-disciplinary team has been recognised for the way that they introduced a dedicated Nurse-led Transient Loss of Consciousness Clinic (TLoC) and the development of a Clinical Physiologist delivered device implantation service. This has resulted in a more efficient use of resources, early patient discharge and an improved and shortened patient journey to diagnosis and treatment.
Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf said: "I am extremely pleased that this hard-working team has been recognised nationally for their efforts. I am immensely proud of the team and I want to thank them for all the hard work they do in caring for Islanders."
Arrhythmia Nurse Specialist, Kelly Anne Kinsella, said: "I am delighted that we have been accepted as one of the finalists to be included in the Syncope Pioneers report and that our team and Hospital will be recognised internationally as a centre of excellence."
The Jersey Heart Team continues to consider new ways of working to best use the resources we have and to improve patient care. The team's approach ensures every patient is given the best care by the most appropriate team member.