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The #hellomynameis story at UKRCO 2018

18 May, 2018
Chris Pointon and Kate Granger
Chris Pointon and Kate Granger

Reflective and thought-provoking, #hellomynameis co-founder and global campaign ambassador Chris Pointon’s keynote lecture at UKRCO 2018, will take delegates on the inspiring journey of a campaign which has revolutionised patient healthcare across the globe.

“The session will take you on the journey from the conception of #hellomynameis by my inspiring wife Dr Kate Granger MBE and the social media campaign that followed, as well as how Kate’s legacy continues through the work I do and the numerous accolades named after her,” Chris says.

His presentation on 2 July, at the opening session of UKRO (UK Radiation and Oncology), part of the joint UKRCO Congress (UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress) “will be a very personal, thought-provoking and heart-warming session that will leave you inspired, reflective and overall in awe of such an amazing individual that we were blessed to have as part of healthcare.

“It takes you on a journey of two individuals from when they met to when she died, and to the present day,” Chris comments.

Dr Granger, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2011, made the stark observation that many of the staff looking after her did not introduce themselves before delivering her care or treatment, and was amazed that such a basic step in communication was missing.

She decided to ask frontline NHS staff to make a pledge to introduce themselves in future to their patients, using social media to help kick start the campaign and creating the hashtag #hellomynameis.

Kate’s 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.

“The big thing for people to take away from my presentation at UKRO is to start thinking about how they can do things differently, and thereby making a difference in other people’s lives as well as in their own,” Chris says.

“I am a firm believer that anyone and everyone can make a difference, whether large or small. I want people to think about what they would like to leave behind when they’re gone. What will be their legacy?”

Following Kate’s death in 2016, Chris is working tirelessly to keep the #hellomynameis campaign alive through conference talks across the world, as well as at hellomynameis.org.uk Also on Twitter @PointonChris

UKRCO, organised on behalf of the British Institute of Radiology (BIR), the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and the Society & College of Radiographers (SCoR), will be held at the ACC and Exhibition Centre in Liverpool from 2-4 July.

The three-day event represents co-operation between the leading professional organisations and the utilisation of a vast body of data in diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology across many professional disciplines and industry. It is aimed at all those involved in the field of radiological science and radiation oncology.

Register for UKRO 2018 and find out more about the Congress.

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