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CNO urges nurses to enter new awards for compassion

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.

Dr Kate Granger

Dr Kate Granger

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.

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for EnglandCNO 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.

Readers' comments (5)

  • Why get an award for something everyone should do as routine?

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  • I notice the CNO never has anything to say about anything of any use, just meaningless nonsense like this, oh and the 6 C's!

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  • Anonymous | 8-Feb-2014 2:29 pm

    Why get an award for something everyone should do as routine?

    Exactly!

    No disrespect to Dr Granger who is fighting a tough battle bravely, but the number of CEO's etc who have jumped on her bandwagon is insincere and embarrassing.

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  • The doctor pointed out a problem in the care she received and good it is recognised,
    however, this little nurse here has been pointing out problems of short staffing for years, which has been the root cause of hurried care where one has to do a work load that mathematically does not equates to the time given. Guess what, I am just a nurse on the floor no one listens.
    Reward, well I am still waiting for my OBE for the good work I have been doing for years.
    Come on, really do we have do be treated like children, give some sweets out if they do something that can look good in a newspaper.
    Why not reduce our NMC fee and put more staff on the floor, we will appreciate that.

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  • for crying out loud! just get on with the job you chose and trained to do to the very best of your ability whilst treating others with respect and good manners. if you encounter somebody who clearly isn't listening to you, politely tell them so and start again or ask them when they have time for a talk!

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