01 / 6 / 2015 12.29pm
Nominations for the Kate Granger Awards for Compassionate Care have now closed, with 98 nominations this year compared to 80 in 2014.
Judges have said this growth and the high quality of nominations guarantees inspirational stories when the awards take place at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2015 (2-3 September 2015).
The annual awards were launched in March 2014 to highlight how innovation, practicality and especially compassion are essential in everyday NHS care.
NHS Employers runs the awards and will share information about the winners and runners-up throughout the NHS, helping to promote this important aspect of care and spread examples of how to do it well.
Paul Wallace, one of the judges and Director of Employment Relations and Reward at the NHS Employers organisation, said: “Time and again, patients tell us that the values and personal approach taken by NHS staff has a huge impact on their care. The Kate Granger Awards for Compassionate Care inspire us with examples of how this can be done well and I’m excited we can highlight the achievements of such fantastic staff.”
The other members of the judging panel are:
• Gail Adams, Head of Nursing, Unison
• Hilary Garratt, Director of Nursing - Commissioning & Health Improvement, NHS England
• Rob Wilson, Professor of Surgical Science, University of Durham
The final judging decisions will be made by Dr Kate Granger herself. She said: “I am delighted to see the number of entries this year has increased considerably. Although it is going to make the job of judging them even more difficult than last year, I look forward to learning about all the outstanding work that has been going on and making compassionate care for patients part of everyday life in the NHS.”
Dr Granger is a long-term recipient of cancer care and is a celebrated proponent of compassion, including through her major #hellomynameis campaign which encourages clinical staff to introduce themselves to patients at each contact.
The awards include individuals, teams and organisations involved in providing care. For more information, see: www.nhsemployers.org/KGawards2015
Notes for editors:
- The NHS Employers organisation is the recognised body for employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first. See www.nhsemployers.org for more information.
- Follow NHS Employers on Twitter at @nhsemployers
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