The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has joined a massive social media movement launched by a terminally ill doctor from the north of England.
The ‘Hello my name is…’ campaign was spearheaded by Dr Kate Granger, a young hospital consultant from Yorkshire who works in elderly care, to improve the patient experience not only here in the UK, but across the world. Kate became frustrated with the number of staff who failed to introduce themselves to her when she was in hospital. Her campaign on social media platform, Twitter is inspiring nurses, doctors, therapists, receptionists, porters, domestics and staff in all roles.
Dr Granger, 33, has terminal cancer, and has made it her mission in whatever time she has left to get as many members of NHS staff as possible pledging to introduce themselves to their patients.
This campaign is simple – reminding staff to go back to basics and introduce themselves to patients properly. Kate talks about this as “the first rung on the ladder to providing compassionate care” and sees it as the start of making a vital human connection, beginning a therapeutic relationship and building trust between patients and healthcare staff.
The campaign is being endorsed by an increasing number of well-known figures including Sir Bob Geldof and David Cameron MP, Jeremy Hunt MP and Ed Miliband MP.
We joined forces with more than 80 NHS organisations that have pledged to launch/boost their own ‘Hello my name is…’ collectively on 2nd February. This collective launch will boost the national campaign around compassionate care considerably, with 400,000+ staff potentially involved.
You can support Dr Granger’s campaign on Twitter by sending her a message at @GrangerKate, including your name and the phrase #hellomynameis. To find out more about the campaign, visit www.hellomynameis.org.uk.
Team on Ward B1 pledge for #hellomynameis... campaign