Awards for compassionate care announced

NHS Employers and NHS England are urging nurses and other staff to celebrate their excellence by entering the Kate Granger award for compassionate care — deadline 14 February.

These awards are dedicated to the crucial role played by compassion in providing high-quality care. The organisers, NHS Employers and NHS England, have established the awards in recognition of Kate Granger, highlighting the importance of compassionate care and demonstrating and sharing great examples from across the NHS.

Award-winning blogger Dr Kate Granger will be a judge of the submissions, supported by an NHS judging panel. Hospital specialist registrar Kate has tirelessly and emotionally described her own experiences of care, becoming a high-profile ambassador for the importance of compassion and openness, and showing that it is often the small things that make a huge difference.

There are two awards. The first is for an individual working in the NHS or delivering NHS-funded services. The second is for teams or organisations who are part of the NHS or who deliver NHS-funded services. These services can be delivered in hospitals, or a primary care, community or residential setting.

Awards will be given to one individual from any healthcare profession and to one team or organisation on 4 March at an award ceremony at the Health and Innovation Care Expo (Manchester Central).

Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said

‘We are privileged to have Dr Kate Granger’s involvement for these awards. She has provided inspiration to staff, patients and leaders in healthcare and that’s exactly what these awards will recognise.

‘Compassion is something we’ve always known to be essential but following the report by Robert Francis into Mid Staffordshire, it's something we are keen to highlight as an absolutely core NHS value — something we can see, touch and feel. That’s why these awards are important. We want to give the sort of quality care every day that patients will recognise as world-class.

‘We really want to hear from any staff or teams who give compassionate care that others should hear about, no later than 14 February.

Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, said:

‘Kate has had a significant impact on compassionate care and promoting its importance. We are honoured she has agreed to support these awards. Care and compassion are two of the 6Cs values that we all in the NHS must demonstrate. We want a united voice, with leaders, managers and staff demonstrating compassion in all their work, delivering what is important for those we care for.

‘That’s why we’re proud to be running the Kate Granger award for compassionate care with NHS Employers and proud of the people we will celebrate.'

Details on how to submit to the awards are here: http://www.nhsemployers.org/Aboutus/latest-news/Pages/Doyouknowsomeonedeliveringoutstandingcompassionatecare.aspx  


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