Last chance to enter the Kate Granger Awards

You’ve got just 36 hours left to submit your entries for the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards.

The awards, to be staged for the third successive year at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016, close to submissions in two days’ time on Thursday, June 30. So now is the time to make sure you get your entry or nomination in.

Named after Kate Granger, the terminally ill doctor who has worked tirelessly to raise awareness around compassion in the NHS through her #hellomynameis social media campaign, the awards will be made at Expo 2016 at Manchester Central on September 7.

Kate is delighted the awards are running for a third successive year, saying: “Celebrating and rewarding colleagues in the NHS, who work incredibly hard every day to provide outstanding care to their patients, has an extremely powerful effect.”

As she embarks on further palliative treatment Kate, who has previously described the awards as “Part of my legacy to the NHS of which I am very proud”, is hoping to see another leap in the number of entries from the 97 that poured in last year.

“It would be fantastic for the awards to grow even bigger,” she added.

“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.

“I’m sure we all know someone or a group of people who deserve to be considered for these prestige awards. Time is running out so make sure they are entered for a chance of winning.”

So far we have received 67 entries but we are still hoping for the usual frantic rush to get last-gasp nominations in front of the judges.

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 judges are looking for an individual, team or organisation that has made a fantastic difference to patient care. In particular, they want 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.