Have you taken part in the #hellomynameis campaign?
Do you introduce yourself by name to every patient?
The SCoR is conducting research into how members interact with their patients.
The anonymous survey asks members whether or not they introduce themselves to patients by name, if they tell them their job/role, and describe to the patient what is going to happen next.
The #hellomynameis campaign was launched in September 2013 by Dr Kate Granger who is terminally ill with cancer. On her blog she wrote:
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?
“Good patient communication is vital to the provision of excellent care and it is the SCoR’s role to support this,” said Richard Evans, the Society’s Chief Executive Officer.
“To do this we need to better understand the issues that have been raised via Twitter, and work with members to overcome any barriers that may exist.”
The Society’s Code of Professional Conduct states: You must communicate effectively and appropriately with patients, introducing yourself and giving relevant information during their examination or treatment.
Please support the #hellomynameis campaign by:
• Filling in the survey
• Taking a photo of yourself holding a sign which says #hellomynameis (* insert your name *) and I am a radiographer. You can download a sign to print here.
**Please be aware that some Trusts have policies in place which restrict the use of photography on their premises. If you are in doubt, please check your Trust's policy with your manager or communications department. Please make sure that your Trust is not identifiable in the photo (eg, do not have any hospital signs in the background and cover any logos which appear on your uniform). Please also ensure that you remove your name badge so that only your first name appears in the photo.