The chief nursing officer for England is encouraging nurses, midwives and their teams to enter a new award for health professionals that have shown compassionate care.
The Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care honours the achievements of an NHS doctor, who has charted her experiences as a terminal cancer patient and championed improvements in care.
Dr Kate Granger, a specialist registrar in geriatric medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, is probably best known for the “hello my name is” initiative, which calls on clinicians to introduce themselves to patients.
She started the campaign on social media website Twitter, after becoming frustrated with the number of staff who failed to introduce themselves to her when she was an inpatient with post-operative sepsis at the end of August 2013.
The initiative is being jointly organised by NHS England and NHS Employers. There are two awards available. The first is for an individual working in the NHS or delivering NHS-funded services.
The second is for teams or organisations who are part of the NHS or who deliver NHS-funded services. These services can be delivered in hospitals, or a primary care, community or residential setting.
CNO for England Jane Cummings
CNO Jane Cummings told Nursing Times the new awards were to recognise those who have gone “above and beyond, maybe done something slightly unexpected that meant either their colleagues or patients have said ‘wow – what a difference that has made”.
She added: “Kate has had a significant impact on compassionate care and promoting its importance. We are honoured she has agreed to support these awards.”
Dr Granger herself will judge the submissions with support from a panel that includes NHS England director of nursing Hilary Garratt and Unison head of nursing Gail Adams.
The deadline for entries is 14 February. Awards will be given to one individual and to one team or organisation on 4 March during the Health and Innovation Care Expo in Manchester.
- Visit the NHS Employers website for more information on the awards and how to enter.