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Kate and Chris

Extremely sadly Kate died on the 23rd of July 2016 at St Gemmas Hospice, Leeds surrounded by family.

Chris (Kate's husband) is keeping the campaign alive through conference talks across the world, book writing, presenting awards and social media - find him on twitter @PointonChris

Chris giving a TEDx talk, Edinburgh, April 2017

A message from Kate...

Hello, my name is Kate Granger and I'm the founder of the #hellomynameis campaign.

I'm a doctor, but also a terminally ill cancer patient. During a hospital stay in August 2013 with post-operative sepsis, I made the stark observation that many staff looking after me did not introduce themselves before delivering my care. It felt incredibly wrong that such a basic step in communication was missing. After ranting at my husband during one evening visiting time he encouraged me to "stop whinging and do something!"

We decided to start a campaign, primarily using social media initially, to encourage and remind healthcare staff about the importance of introductions in healthcare.

I firmly believe it is not just about common courtesy, but it runs much deeper. Introductions are about making a human connection between one human being who is suffering and vulnerable, and another human being who wishes to help. They begin therapeutic relationships and can instantly build trust in difficult circumstances.

In my mind #hellomynameis is the first rung on the ladder to providing truly person-centred, compassionate care. This was the first ever tweet I sent using the hashtag...

First hellomynameis tweet

#hellomynameis has made over 1.6 billion impressions since its inception with an average of 6 tweets an hour. If you tweet please use the hashtag to send us pictures of your #hellomynameis activities.



Twitter campaign

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Tweets about "#hellomynameis"

Lanyards & Badges

If you are purchasing any merchandise that displays the NHS logo then you need to be an NHS employee and supply a valid NHS email address.

We are working together with Name Badges International, Magnetic Name Badges and The Right Badge who are kindly making a donation for every badge sold to Kate and Chris's fundraising efforts for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal. NBI has led the way with this and has kindly donated over £25,000 so far. We are so grateful to Adrian Breckles and everyone at NBI for this amazing total, full story...




Twibbons are logos put on top of your social media profile pictures to show your support for a cause. You can now add a Twibbon to your Twitter and Facebook profile pictures here.

Kate profile with 'Twibbon'



Please feel free to use any of the resources. You do not need to ask special permission.

Healthcare leaders and political figures



Jeremy Hunt speech

I was interested to hear about the experiences of Dr Kate Granger, who has highlighted the importance of treating patients as people. Kate is a doctor who specialises in the care of older people and who is also terminally ill. She has started the campaign #hellomynameis, which has become increasingly well-known and is based on the simple but vital courtesy of introducing yourself when meeting a patient for the first time... more

Government response to the Francis report

Hellomynameis was mentioned in the Government response to the Francis report. See page 36.

Government report


Support from the blogosphere

... NHS Trusts

Other groups

Upcoming events

Past events


Kate wrote the following books reflecting on her experiences

All profits from the sale of the book are being donated to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre which is the fundraising arm of St James's Institute of Oncology, where Kate was treated. The charity provides supplementary benefits; specialist medical equipment, research and development and patient 'home comforts'.

The Other Side

The Other Side

A true story of one doctor's journey as a patient coming to terms with a terminal cancer diagnosis. The hope is that by reading it healthcare professionals will be better able understand exactly what being the patient is really like and how their behaviours, no matter how small can impact massively on the people they look after. It is also a story of personal battles with control, learning how and when to relinquish this.


Available directly from Online Publishers Lulu.com
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Also available for the Kindle / iPad (using the Kindle iPad app) from amazon.com.
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The Bright Side

The Other Side

The Bright Side tells the on-going story of a young doctor who is living with a rare and aggressive type of sarcoma that will end her life prematurely. It explores her return to work after a prolonged period of absence, her innermost thoughts and reflections about dying and her continuing interactions with health services. It also portrays her determined attitude to maintain positivity despite her tragic circumstances and her openness about dying.


Available directly from Online Publishers Lulu.com
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Also available for the Kindle / iPad (using the Kindle iPad app) from amazon.com.
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Frequently Asked Questions...

Supporting NHS Trusts and organisations

#hellomynameis Map

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June 2015 Tour

On tour

Kate and Chris took the #hellomynameis campaign on tour in June. The idea of this was to keep the momentum building after the 2nd February national collaborative launch with Listening into Action. They visited 16 healthcare organisations over a week, covering over 2000 miles, where Kate shared her story with nearly 2000 members of staff.

It was an exciting, if somewhat tiring time but for the campaign to have maximal impact that relies on Kate’s narrative being heard. As it was so successful and there were so many invitations Kate and Chris may consider a second tour in the future...

Where we went...

Leicester, 17th June
Conventry, 17th June
Northampton, 17th June
Ipswich, 18th June
Cambridge, 18th June
Cardiff, 19th June
Worcester, 19th June
Chester, 22nd June
Salford, 22nd June
East Lancs, 22nd June
North Cumbria, 23rd June
Dumfries, 23rd June
Durham, 23rd June
St Gemma's Hospice, 24th June
Rotherham, 24th June
St John's Hospice, Bedford, 24th June

Tour map

80+ NHS organisations joined massive launch of "Hello my name is..." campaign

The 2nd February was a hugely successful day for the campaign with thousands of NHS staff coming together collaboratively to show their support. The hashtag trended all day on Twitter and there was a huge amount of social media activity. Thank you to everyone who took part on the day, but this is about a long-term behaviour and values change that needs lots of ongoing hard work to realise.

More than 80 NHS organisations – comprising more than 400,000 staff who between them care for millions of patients – joined a massive movement launched by a terminally ill doctor from the north of England. The collective, "big bang" launch happened on 2nd February 2015.


Evidence base & Quality Improvement

A selection of articles about introductions in healthcare:

#hellomynameis is being used as a driver for quality improvement in many places. Please contact us if you have any work you’d like to share here...

Australian HMNI Quality Improvment Project - Download as Microsoft Word Document