Tackling Domestic Abuse and Don’t Forget Kate.

This week I want to draw your attention to Charity called Safe Lives. Safe lives is a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse. Previously called Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (Caada). Their experts set out to find out what works to stop domestic abuse. It claims to have a really high success rate in  what it does stating that after getting the right help, more than 60% of victims tell the charity that the abuse has. stopped

Throughout July and August, they have decided to focus upon Older People and domestic abuse they are releasing the latest research and practical resources for professionals working with older people. To give you an idea of the scale of this problem this Safe Lives Infografic has been published and is reproduced here:


For more details about what they are doing and to access more resources visit: http://www.safelives.org.uk/node/861

I also want to mention the sad news of the death of Kate Granger, who died on Saturday 23rd July 2016 from a rare sarcoma.If you have never heard of her, Kate was the person largely responsible for re-affirming the idea that every encounter with a person attending an NHS service should begin with the words “Hello my name is …”.  So every morning when you put on that “hello my name is” badge, it is Kate Granger’s efforts that you are acknowledging. To find out more about her, and the campaign she started got to http://hellomynameis.org.uk/

I personally think its a great tragedy that such a campaign was ever needed as healthcare professionals are all taught the importance of good communication. It just goes to show that what is taught can just as easily be unlearned or forgotten, if it does not become a habit.  However, as both a patient and doctor her observations and those of so many other people required a response and introductions, as she rightly points out are the first rung on the ladder to providing truly person-centred, compassionate care; something that has my full support. An interesting section of the site gives some of the evidence behind the importance of introductions to view this go to: http://hellomynameis.org.uk/evidence



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