NHS Change Day on Wednesday 11 March saw more than 100 staff at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals pledging to support the global ‘Hello my name is’ campaign.
Pioneered by frontline workers, NHS Change Day sees staff, carers, patients and partners of the NHS pledge to make personal or collective changes. The ethos behind the day is that it is these people who know best what changes would be most beneficial for staff members and patients.
Staff at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals chose to support NHS Change Day this year by endorsing the internationally recognised ‘Hello my name is’ campaign.
Launched by Dr Kate Granger, a 33-year-old Yorkshire hospital consultant with terminal cancer, ‘Hello my name is’ aims to get as many members of NHS staff as possible pledging to introduce themselves to every patient they come into contact with.
The campaign follows Kate’s own experiences in hospital where she became frustrated with the number of staff who failed to introduce themselves to her during her treatment.
Trust Chief Executive Tony Spotswood said: “We were delighted when so many of our staff decided to make supporting ‘Hello my name is’ their action for NHS Change Day. Introducing ourselves to patients is already a key part of our Trust’s values and is something our staff feel passionate about. We were pleased to demonstrate our support for the campaign en masse this NHS Change Day as it was a prime time to help raise awareness.”