Month: October 2013

Kate Granger – #hellomynameis at CMFT

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Kate GrangerIf you’ve been following medical social media recently then you’ve probably already come across a campaign set up by Kate Granger on the simple, but essential matter of introductions.

Kate is a doctor and terminally ill cancer patient who runs a blog that helps clinicians and patients understand the experience of life, death, medicine and cancer. She’s really quite inspirational, in part because she asks difficult questions of the medical profession and our relationships with patients.

Following a recent bout of sepsis in hospital she observed that staff did not introduce themselves to her. It’s such a simple, quick but essential thing to do for our patients and it’s something we support here at CMFT. The blog post has engaged clinicians & managers across the world and it’s worth a read. As she puts it on her blog…..

“Hello. My name is Dr Kate Granger. I’m one of the senior doctors who will be looking after you on the ward while you’re with us. How are you feeling today?”

We should all copy Kate’s example…..

Dickinson trust awards October 2013

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Just a short update on the successful applicants to the Dickinson trust this year. The trust awards funds to improve patient care through learning and training and we are delighted to announce that four awards have been made.

If you want to know more about the trust then follow this link. The History of the Dickinson trust.

If you want to apply details are here – How to apply to the Dickinson trust

Jasmina Cehajic-Kapetanovic, MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow and Specialist Registrar in Ophthalmology, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital will receive support towards a 1 year post-doctoral research fellowship investigating novel optogenetic approaches for the treatment of blinding retinal disease. Research laboratory is in San Francisco.

Timothy Fairbairn, Cardiology SpR, Manchester Royal Infirmary will receive support towards a 3 month clinical observership at Department of Medical Imaging at Toronto General Hospital

Tahir Hamid, Cardiology SpR, Manchester Heart Centre will receive support towards a 12 month clinical fellowship in interventional cardiology, Toronto General Hospital.

Rastislav Hejj, Specialty Doctor in Urology, Manchester Royal Infirmary will receive support towards an intensive course in Laparoscopic Urological Surgery based in Strasburg.

These are four fantastic opportunities to improve the training of these clinicians and thus to benefit patients. Well done to the applicants and I hope that their success will spur others on to apply to the trust for funds in 2014.