Thursday, January 29, 2015 | Trudi Philips
On Monday, 2nd February 2015 HEYH are adding support to a mass launch of #hellomynameis
The campaign was founded by Dr Kate Granger, an ST6 trainee with HEYH, currently ‘Acting up’ as a consultant in Geriatric Medicine at Pinderfield’s Hospital, Wakefield. Kate is due to CCT this April.
She was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer in 2011; she has since continued with her medical training and written two books. She has campaigned tirelessly to encourage all health workers to introduce themselves to patients.
The campaign was borne out of Kate’s experience whilst receiving treatment in hospital last year. In her own words:
"I’m a doctor, but also a terminally ill cancer patient. During a hospital stay last summer I made the stark observation that many staff looking after me did not introduce themselves before delivering care."
Kate visits Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust to talk to staff about the #hellomynameis story.
"This felt very wrong so encouraged and supported by my husband we decided to start a campaign to encourage and remind healthcare staff about the importance of introductions in the delivery of care. I firmly believe it is not just about knowing someone's name, but it runs much deeper. It is about making a human connection, beginning a therapeutic relationship and building trust. In my mind it is the first rung on the ladder to providing compassionate care."
Kate was awarded an MBE recently in recognition for services to the NHS and improving care.