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Entries open for Kate Granger awards with new category marking NHS 70th anniversary

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Chief nursing officer for England Professor Jane Cummings has today urged nurses and their teams to enter the 2018 Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards.

Nursing staff are also being encouraged to nominate colleagues and teams across the four awards categories, which this year include an extra one to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

“The campaign reminds healthcare professionals of the importance of introducing themselves”

Jane Cummings

This award will recognise seven individuals across seven decades of the NHS who have worked “tirelessly and innovatively to provide compassionate care”.

Now in their fourth year, the awards were set up by Dr Kate Granger, who worked to raise awareness around compassion in the NHS through her #hellomynameis social media campaign.

The 2018 Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards categories are:

  • For an individual working in the NHS or delivering NHS funded services
  • For teams who are part of the NHS or who deliver NHS funded services
  • For whole organisations that are part of the NHS or deliver NHS funded services
  • A certificate of recognition for seven individuals across seven decades of the NHS who have worked tirelessly and innovatively to provide compassionate care for our patients and those we care for

The closing date for entries is Friday 15 June 2018 and judges will be looking for an individual, team or organisation that has made a “unique difference to patient care”, said the organisers.

“The awards are a real chance for organisations, teams and individuals to shine and fly the flag”

Chris Pointon

NHS England also highlighted that it was important to note that the awards covered services delivered in hospitals, or a primary care, community or residential setting.

It said judges would, in particular, be looking for an ambitious and innovative way of delivering patient care and an approach that can be easily measured and have a real impact.

They would also be looking at how the approach had made a difference to patient care, how it made a difference in the long term and how easily it could be replicated in other organisations.

Professor Cummings launched the call for entries for this year’s awards alongside Chris Pointon, co-founder of the #hellomynameis campaign and husband of the late Dr Kate Granger MBE.

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England’s chief nurse to oversee health service in the capital

Jane Cummings

She said: “The campaign reminds healthcare professionals of the importance of introducing themselves to patients and how a relatively ‘little thing’ can positively affect a patient’s experience of the treatment and care they receive.

“The campaign has a global following and is backed by a significant number of health trusts across England and beyond,” said the CNO.

“This is your chance to nominate an individual, a team or an organisation to recognise and celebrate the work they do,” she said. “Staff across the NHS do a fantastic job, even when they are confronted by issues and challenges, they strive to deliver the best care they can.”

She added: “As this year represents the 70th anniversary since the NHS was launched, I am delighted to announce a fourth category this year to reflect on the amazing achievements of staff over the last 70 years.”

Mr Pointon said: “The Kate Granger Awards for Compassionate Care are a real chance for organisations, teams and individuals to shine and fly the flag for the work they do to improve outcomes for patients and service users.

“I can honestly say that Kate would have been so pleased to see her work and campaign to highlight the importance of compassionate care growing across England, the UK and beyond,” he added.

The awards will be presented at the 2018 Health and Care Innovation Expo being staged at Manchester Central on the 5 and 6 September.

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