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HCA Apprentices say #hellomynameis…

09 Mar 2015 15:11:58
HCA Apprentices hellomynameis

 Tomorrow’s health care workforce is showing dedication to first class patient care, simply by saying #hellomynameis…

Fifteen Rotherham College apprentices are training at Rotherham Hospital, part of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, to become qualified Health Care Assistants (HCAs) and have bowled over hospital staff with their enthusiasm for supporting patients and with their willingness to learn.

The team is so dedicated to their roles and to their placements at the Trust that they have taken it upon themselves to support the roll out of the national #hellomynameis campaign.

#Hellomynameis was introduced nationally by terminally ill registrar, Dr Kate Granger, who observed that many health professionals often fail to simply introduce themselves when giving treatment, making patients feel like a ‘piece of meat’ instead of individuals.

Emma Foster, HCA Apprentice, said: “We were inspired by Kate Granger’s campaign and we all really believe that patients deserve to treated with the greatest of respect.

“Greeting patients with #hellomynameis starts a conversation and helps build relationships with those in our care; it makes patients feel more human, makes them aware of who we are and gives us the chance to tell them all about the fabulous work we are doing training to be HCAs! – it really puts them at ease.”

Tasmin Jackson, fellow trainee HCA, added: “Working with others at the Trust on #hellomynameis has really made us feel part of the organisation; I feel like a valued member of staff – everyone has been friendly, dedicated time to help us learn and made us welcome.”

Sarah Taylor, Engagement lead and #hellomynameis champion at TRFT, said: “As a nurse by background myself, I feel enthused by the energy and dedication show by our HCA apprentices.

“I’m thrilled they have pledged to support us here in Rotherham with the #hellomynameis campaign. Our apprentices make up part of the future of our healthcare system and it’s refreshing to see, right from the very start of their careers, their enthusiasm and awareness of the importance of showing the respect and compassion all patients deserve.”

To help raise awareness of apprenticeships and of delivering excellence in health care, the apprentices have also signed up to complete the Brathay Challenge, through which they are raising funds for Rotherham Hospital Charity and for Autism Awareness.

The apprentices will continue to promote their fundraising plight during National Apprenticeship Week from 9 to 13 March, when, on the 13 March they will host an event in the Trust’s Community Corner at Rotherham Hospital, to which all are welcome.

For more information about the work of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, please visit: www.rotherhamhospital.nhs.uk. You can also join the 2,845 followers we have on Twitter @RotherhamNHS_FT or ‘like us’ on Facebook www.facebook.com/TheRotherhamNHSFoundationTrust.  

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