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Shortlist of nine inspirational nominations for Kate Granger Awards

HIMSS UK 14.08.17

Nine nominees make up the final shortlist for this year’s Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards.

The finalists were selected from 117 entrants in the three award categories.

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

A panel that included Kate’s close friend and colleague Dr Natalie Silvey, a National Medical Director’s Fellow with NHS England, Kate’s husband, Chris Pointon and Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England, chose the nine finalists for this year’s awards.

Chris Pointon, will take Kate’s place at the awards at the Health and Care Innovation Expobeing staged at Manchester Central on September 11 and 12.

He said: “As with the last 3 years there have been some fantastic entrants and we have again faced the difficult task of deciding the shortlist. Kate was very proud of her legacy and of how the awards have been embraced by the wonderful NHS staff. The nominees are exceptional and will highlight the dedication and commitment of everyday people who work in the NHS.”

Before her death at the age of 34, Kate said she hoped the awards would continue and grow into an even bigger event, saying: “Being a patient has taught me a huge amount about being a doctor. Prioritising compassionate care in its rightful place alongside patient safety, under the umbrella of quality is perhaps one of the most important things I have learned.”

The shortlist is made up of three nominees in each of the three award categories.

The first award is for an individual working in the NHS or delivering NHS funded services. The others are for teams or organisations who are part of the NHS, or who deliver NHS funded services. These services can be delivered in hospitals, or in a primary care, community or residential setting.

The shortlist includes an individual award nomination for a doctor who runs a project that supports elderly patients in the community with complex care needs. Finalists also include Jean McVann, a nurse who has worked for the NHS in Rotherham for her entire career and has worked tirelessly to support the most vulnerable in society.

Organisation Award nominees include the healthcare community in Shropshire and Staffordshire who have developed a shared vision to embed and recognise compassionate leadership across the region. Other nominees include Palliative Care Northumbria, a care service that supports patients and their families at home, in acute and community hospitals, in care homes, at day hospice and in dedicated NHS specialist palliative care inpatient units across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Those shortlisted have all demonstrated how they have made a fantastic difference to patient care and, in particular, shown evidence of:

  • an ambitious and innovative way of delivering care
  • high-quality management and leadership
  • an approach that can be easily measured and have a real impact
  • how the approach has made a difference to patient care
  • how it makes a difference in the long term
  • how easily it can be replicated in other organisations

It was while undergoing treatment for cancer that Kate started writing about seeing the NHS “through the eyes of a patient”. She launched #hellomynameis campaign to talk about some of her intensely moving experiences. The campaign reminds health care 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. It is now backed by more than 100 health trusts.

This year’s Kate Granger Awards ceremony is sponsored by HIMSS UK, a leader of transformation across health and care services using health IT. Through its communities, analytics, media and events, HIMSS provides multiple platforms to provide health and care professionals with the rights tools and knowledge to deliver improved patient outcomes and efficiencies using technology.

For updates on Twitter follow #KGAwards17 and #Expo17NHS and #hellomynameis.

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