‘My name is’ Campaign, lead by Kate Granger wins support
The ‘My name is’ campaign, started by terminally ill doctor Kate Granger has won the support of more than 90 NHS organizations that encourage the healthcare staff to voluntarily introduce themselves to the patients.
She started the campaign to improve patient experience in hospitals after she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer three years ago. The doctor who informed her of the diagnosis and that it has spread did not introduce himself and also did not look her in the eye, which frustrated her.
When caring for her, two other hospital staff also failed to introduce themselves which led her to start #hellomynameis campaign on Twitter.
During a BBC program, she said, “The lack of introductions really made me feel like just a diseased body and not a real person. When someone did introduce themselves, she said, “it really did make a difference to how comfortable I was and less lonely I was in hospital”. This campaign has become popular nationwide and has won the support of more than 400,000 doctors, therapists, nurses and porters working in over 90 NHS hospitals including NHS Trusts across England, Scotland and Wales.
The Scottish government has announced that it would allot £40,000 to the NHS boards to roll out the campaign across the country. The Mid Yorkshire hospital was the first to sign up for the campaign and the movement began to be known from there. This is the same hospital where Kate is currently working.