The “hello my name is” campaign was created by Dr Kate Granger MBE, a registrar in elderly medicine who had terminal cancer. Dr Granger started the campaign in August 2013 after she became frustrated with the number of staff who failed to introduce themselves to her when she was an inpatient with post-operative sepsis.
Dr Granger asked frontline NHS staff to make a pledge to introduce themselves in future to their patients. She used social media to help kick start the campaign and created the hashtag #hellomynameis.
Her campaign for more personalised care has been supported all over the world, with over 400,000 health workers across 90 organisations backing the initiative. She used her personal blog and social media updates to share her experiences of her illness and gain support for #hellomynameis.
Dr Granger was recognised with an MBE along with awards including a Special Achievement Award from the BMJ.
In March 2014 NHS Employers and NHS England launched The Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards to highlight how innovation, practicality and especially compassion are essential in everyday NHS care.
Sadly, Dr Granger passed away at the age of 34 on 23 July 2016 after reaching her target of raising £250,000 for cancer charities.
Find out more about the #hellomynameis
campaign and show your support by using the hashtag in your tweets.