Celebrating 70 years of compassionate care with the Kate Granger Awards 2018

The Chief Nursing Officer for England thanks everyone for their nominations so far and calls for final nominations ahead of the closing date on 15 June 2018:

I recently launched the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards 2018 with Chris Pointon, co-founder of the #hellomynameis campaign and husband of the late Dr Kate Granger MBE.

Since then, nominations for the four categories have been received from across the country, and I continue to be amazed by the enthusiasm and interest shown by health and care staff across the country to nominate individuals, teams and organisations for their commitment and passion for delivering compassionate care.

As this year represents the 70th anniversary since the NHS was formed, we have an additional fourth category to reflect on the amazing achievements of staff over the last 70 years.

This year, the award categories are:

  • For an individual working in the NHS or delivering NHS funded services
  • For teams that are part of the NHS or who deliver NHS funded services
  • For whole organisations that are part of the NHS or deliver NHS funded services
  • And finally, a certificate of recognition for seven individuals across seven decades of the NHS who have worked tirelessly and innovatively to provide compassionate care for our patients and those we care for.

And it’s important to note that nominations are welcome from hospital, primary care, community or residential settings.

In particular, we will be looking for:

  • an ambitious and innovative way of delivering patient care
  • high-quality leadership and management
  • 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

For the 70 years’ of compassionate care awards, the 6Cs with be used as the judging criteria: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment so please do highlight in your nomination how the individual has/continues to demonstrate these values in their work.

Before her death in 2016, Kate worked tirelessly to raise awareness around compassion in the NHS through the #hellomynameis social media campaign.

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.

As well as a global following from people in more than 20 countries, the campaign is backed by a significant number of health trusts and communities across England and beyond.  Chris now spends most of his time travelling around the country and, indeed, the world talking about it.

I encourage you all to submit your nominations for this year’s awards by completing the short online form by 15 June. By doing so, you will help us showcase some fantastic work taking place today and celebrate compassionate care over the last seven decades.

I look forward to presenting the awards and certificates to winners and runners up who will be invited to the awards ceremony at the Health and Care Innovation Expo at Manchester Central in September.

Thank you for everything that you do.

Jane Cummings

Professor Jane Cummings is the Chief Nursing Officer for England and Executive Director at NHS England.

Jane specialised in emergency care and has held a wide variety of roles across the NHS including Director of Commissioning, Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive.

In February 2004, she became the national lead for emergency care agreeing and implementing the 98% operational standard. She has also worked as the nursing advisor for emergency care. In January 2005, she was appointed as the National Implementation Director for ‘Choice’ and ‘Choose and Book’.

Jane moved to NHS North West in November 2007 where she held executive responsibility for the professional leadership of nursing, quality, performance as well as QIPP, commissioning and for a time Deputy Chief Executive Officer. In October 2011, she was appointed to the role of Chief Nurse for the North of England SHA Cluster.

She was appointed as Chief Nursing Officer for England in March 2012 and started full time in June 2012. Jane is the professional lead for all nurses and midwives in England (with the exception of public health) and published the ‘6Cs’ and ‘Compassion in Practice’ in December 2012, followed by publishing the ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’ framework in May 2016.

Jane has executive oversight of maternity, patient experience, learning disability and, in January 2016, became executive lead for Patient and Public Participation.

She was awarded Doctorates by Edge Hill University and by Bucks New University, and she is a visiting professor at Kingston University and St George’s University, London.

She is also Director and trustee for Macmillan Cancer Support and a clinical Ambassador for the Over the Wall Children’s Charity where she volunteers as a nurse providing care for children affected by serious illnesses.

Follow Jane on Twitter: @JaneMCummings.

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