Tameside Hospital in Greater Manchester has appointed its first batch of “Kate Granger nurses” who will promote the themes that underpinned her high profile “Hello my name is…” campaign.
The 15 new posts have been developed in collaboration with the late hospital consultant’s husband, Chris Pointon, as a way of continuing the work she began back in 2013.
“They will lead by example in terms of demonstrating compassion, respect and communication”
The “Hello my name is…” initiative was set up by Ms Granger, who worked as a geriatrician at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, following her terminal diagnosis with sarcoma in 2011.
She felt that, while the standard of care she received was good, she often never knew the names of the people responsible for providing her care.
Her ensuing campaign, which started on social media, gained national and international attention, and was embraced widely across the NHS, including at senior nursing levels.
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Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust said it had been inspired to carry on her legacy and appoint a cohort of nurses to continue the drive for standards of compassionate care.
The new nurses will carry specially designed badges with Ms Granger’s name on and will be tasked with ensuring the organisation continues to live the values and standards she fought for.
Mr Pointon, who was due to deliver a speech to the new nurses at a recruitment event today, said: “I think what staff at Tameside Hospital are doing is a fantastic way of carrying on Kate’s legacy and truly embedding the values Kate strived for.”
Tracey McErlain-Burns, the trust’s interim chief nurse, said: “This hospital has always fully supported the ‘Hello my name is’ campaign and we wanted to go that extra mile and recruit our new nurses with Kate’s vision in mind.
“Our Kate Granger Nurses will be our conscience,” she said. “They will lead by example in terms of demonstrating compassion, respect and communication with our patients, service users, carers and families and they will meet regularly with me to recognise and praise great practice and champion compassionate care.
She added: “We are honoured to have the support of Chris and delighted that he will be able to meet the applicants to become our Kate Granger Nurses.”
A spokesman from the trust clarified that not all of its future nursing recruits would be “Kate Granger nurses” and that it would now be looking to award the title to some its existing staff.
“We have recruited the first 15. We will now establish a process to enable our existing nurses, midwives, care support workers, and allied health professional colleagues to be ‘recruited’ to the positions,” he said.
“Any person appointed must embody the four Kate Granger values personally and they will work with the Chief Nurse to role model those values across the integrated care organisation,” he told Nursing Times.