#hellomynameis

I was recently a hospital in-patient with post-operative sepsis following a stent exchange procedure. During this admission I made some observations on the quality of my care. Perhaps the starkest of these was that not every member of staff who approached me introduced themselves. We have it drilled into us on day 1 of Clinical Medicine learning that starting the relationship with a patient begins with an introduction. It was easy marks in our exams. I’m sure it is the same for nursing and other healthcare professionals too. But something has failed…

As a healthcare professional you know so much about your patient. You know their name, their personal details, their health conditions, who they live with and much more. What do we as patients know about our healthcare professionals? The answer is often absolutely nothing, sometimes it seems not even their names. The balance of power is very one-sided in favour of the healthcare professional.

I have always been a strong believer in getting to know people’s names as part of building good working relationships with both patients and other colleagues. I think it is the first rung on the ladder to providing compassionate care and often getting the simple things right, means the more complex things will follow more easily and naturally.

So here the idea of #hellomynameis is born. If you support this idea please leave a comment below with your introduction to a patient. By doing this you are pledging to introduce yourself to every patient you meet. Please share this page with as many healthcare professionals as possible and let’s make things better… The NHS employs 1.7 million people. The majority of these people will interact with patients on some level. Let’s see how many pledges we can get!

Here is mine to get us started:

“Hello. My name is Dr Kate Granger. I’m one of the senior doctors who will be looking after you on the ward while you’re with us. How are you feeling today?”

600 thoughts on “#hellomynameis

  1. Hello my name is Tess I’m a return to practice nurse student and I’m looking after you today, can I help you with anything ? Don’t forget your call bell is right here so don’t be afraid to call me if you need any thing.

  2. Hello my name is Rebecca I am the senior in charge of the shift today,If you need anything or you have any concerns please ask for me. I will be available to talk anytime.

    • Hello my name is Christine and I am a social worker and how
      right you are Kate. I fee encouraged by your campaign. Please, please all staff caring for people in whatever capacity make the connection. You never know when it will be your turn. Lets treat each other each respect that we all are entitled to.

  3. Hello my name is Matt Birkbeck, I am a trainee clinical scientist in Medical Physics. You probably won’t see me much as I’m not directly patient facing. However, clinical scientists have a huge impact on your treatment. Working on treatment plans, dose calculations, attending MTD’s with doctors, nurses and other HCP’s. That’s only to name a few things we do as a profession. Anyway back to work for me!

  4. Pingback: #Hellomynameis – Dr Kate Granger | World Health Innovation Summit

  5. World Health Innovation Summit will be adopting the Dr Kate Granger initiative #hellomynameis for all it’s events and activities. We would like to thank Dr Kate Granger for all her inspiring work to improve our health services and we would also like to thank Deirdre Munro founder of the Global Village Midwives for suggesting this fantastic idea – Gareth Presch
    “Together, We Inspire”
    Join us on the 1st February 2016 as we aim to get #hellomynameis trending worldwide

  6. Hello my name is aine. I am doing a project as part of a course I am doing. I am pledging to support the movement of “hello my name is”.
    Our aim is to improve the service users experience of their care by improving the way they are communicated with by the health care providers. So their journey will start with “hello my name is”.

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