Graduates from the School of Health and Social Care donned robes and mortarboards as they had their hard work formally recognised at their graduation ceremony held at the Royal Festival Hall on 20 October.
In a message to the graduating class, Professor Warren Turner, Dean of the School of the Health and Social Care at London South Bank University (LSBU), said: “Students graduating today do so from a School that is focused on your success and remains true to the University’s mission: ‘to be recognised as an enterprising civic university that addresses real world challenges’.
“More than 400 teaching, research and support staff (together with hundreds more clinical and placement colleagues) have been as committed to making your experience here at London South Bank University a successful one, as they have been to ensuring we remain at the centre of scholarly activity for our sector in the London area.”
The School of Health and Social Care comprises five leading-edge subject areas: Adult Nursing and Midwifery, Allied Health Sciences, Children’s Nursing, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, and Primary and Social Care, as well the Institute of Vocational Learning which supports career development for working professionals.
As part of the ceremony, Dr Kate Granger MBE, a specialist registrar in geriatric medicine at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Science. Kate’s journey to success is the epitome of determination and perseverance. In 2011 Kate was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive type of sarcoma when she was 29 years old. Kate was inspired to start the #hellomynameis campaign after feeling that the service provided by healthcare professionals could be improved though simple communication.
#hellomynameis began on Twitter, with a very simple aim: to encourage healthcare staff to introduce themselves to patients, establishing a personal connection as the first step towards providing more compassionate care. The campaign has been endorsed by more than 400,000 doctors, nurses, therapists, receptions and porters. In the wake of the campaign, the NHS has launched the Kate Granger Awards for Compassionate Care, recognising and celebrating outstanding patient care. In summer 2015, Kate went to Buckingham Palace to receive her MBE for services to the NHS and improving care.