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Hospital trust appoints first cohort of ‘Kate Granger nurses’

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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”

Tracey McErlain-Burns

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.

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.

Tameside hospital

Tameside hospital

Tameside hospital

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.

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  • I was always known by my first name on qualifying because I didn't want to be called "Nurse". Even s a Sister, I would prefer my name over my title. I had problems addressing the elderly by their first name as I was brought up to use Mr or Mrs. I still have problems with unmarried ladies who prefer a first name to Miss! Heaven forbid you call them Mrs! I was always taught never to use endearments- I don't like it so why should patients! Personally having the 'my name is' thrust in my face along every corridor is unnecessary

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  • " Personally having the 'my name is' thrust in my face along every corridor is unnecessary"

    I couldn't agree more . This has always been cringe making and undermines the intelligent hardworking nurse. There are so many other important issues that should be highlighted.

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  • I agree. I have every sympathy for someone in Ms. Grangers's position and my sympathy extends to her bereaved loved ones. However, this is nothing short of patronizing. All nurses should embody the attributes described and if they don't, that is a recruitment and training issue which should be addressed.

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