Kate Granger, the consultant geriatrician and inspirational campaigner for patient compassion, has received a special recognition award at the 2014 HSJ Awards.
The event, held last night, is the largest celebration of healthcare excellence in the UK. It was attended by figures from across the NHS, including health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Dr Granger is a consultant in elderly care medicine at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and in 2011 was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive and terminal cancer.
Her experience as a patient led to the Hello My Name Is campaign on Twitter, which encourages healthcare professionals to introduce themselves to each and every patient.
The campaign has been mentioned more than 10 million times on the social networking site and supported by figures including prime minister David Cameron and pop star Kylie Minogue.
Since her diagnosis Dr Granger has also written two books, continues to work and raises funds for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.
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Presenting the award, Jane Cummings, NHS England’s chief nursing officer, described Dr Granger as an “inspiration” whose tweets had “brought to life the reality of living with cancer”.
She said: “Kate lives the values of the 6Cs and compassionate care. Her impact on patients, their families, healthcare professionals and all staff who work in our services is phenomenal.”
Ms Cummings concluded by quoting Dr Granger’s own words: “If you’d asked me the most important quality of a doctor, I would have said competence.
“When I became a patient, I soon realised how important the compassionate attributes of those looking after me were”.