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Inspirational doctor Kate Granger MBE officially opens UCLan Medical School

12 November 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Founder of #hellomynameis global healthcare campaign comes to UCLan

 

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) new medical school has been officially opened by Dr Kate Granger MBE, a terminally ill doctor whose #hellomynameis campaign to bring compassion to the forefront of healthcare is taking the NHS by storm.

Dr Granger spoke to UCLan’s first cohort of medical students, who began the new self-funded five-year MBBS medical programme in September, about her legacy to leave a better health service with compassion at the heart of it and what she feels are the essential qualities needed to become a good doctor.

Speaking at the event she commented: “I am both excited and honoured to be invited to officially open the brand new Medical School at UCLan. The NHS desperately needs more doctors and the high quality training providing in this institution will no doubt supply them."

 

“Succeeding in medicine needs numerous personal attributes including resilience, compassion, dedication and motivation. Cultivating these qualities in the young doctors of the future is an essential activity."

Dr Granger continued: “Succeeding in medicine needs numerous personal attributes including resilience, compassion, dedication and motivation. Cultivating these qualities in the young doctors of the future is an essential activity for our medical schools and something I'm sure the educators working at UCLan will take very seriously."

The UCLan medical programme is aimed at international students and predominately at those who lack opportunities in their own country. The new degree will teach medical sciences along with clinical and communication skills out of UCLan’s multi-million pound facilities in Preston, Burnley and Westlakes in Whitehaven with the undergraduates also undertaking clinical placements as part of their course. These are being provided by some of the busiest hospitals in the North of England.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust (LTHT), North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust and other regional NHS Trusts are providing clinical placements in secondary care, while primary care placements are taking place in regional GP practices and community settings in Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, servicing the significant health needs across the area.

UCLan’s Professor Cathy Jackson, Head of the School of Medicine, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Kate Granger to the University to officially open the UCLan School of Medicine."

 

"I’m sure that Dr Granger’s story will inspire our students, who are at the very beginning of their medical careers, to build strong foundations in delivering compassionate care.”

Professor Jackson continued: “Dr Granger’s #hellomynameis campaign really captures the core values of the medical profession and recognises that little things such as introducing yourself to a patient and seeing them beyond their illness really makes a difference. I’m sure that Dr Granger’s story will inspire our students, who are at the very beginning of their medical careers, to build strong foundations in delivering compassionate care.”

Dr Granger’s #hellomynameis campaign has attracted global interest with over 35,000 followers on Twitter. It has made over 800 million impressions in the last two years with an average of six tweets an hour. The campaign to encourage healthcare staff to introduce themselves to patients has been endorsed by more than 400,000 doctors, nurses, therapists, receptionists and porters across over 90 organisations, including NHS Trusts across England, NHS Scotland and NHS Wales.

UCLan’s new School of Medicine now offers a strong portfolio of programmes and sits within the new College of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, offering a multi-professional approach to medical education alongside colleagues in pharmacy and dentistry.

Following a recent visit to the UCLan School of Medicine, the General Medical Council (GMC) has committed to work with the University to enable the MBBS programme to acquire full GMC recognition.