Mini MRI nominated for inspirational Kate Granger Awards

Toy MRI scanner

Two RNOH staff who developed a toy MRI scanner have been nominated in this year’s Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards. The mini MRI, designed to help put children at their ease before undergoing a scan, has been devised and built by Zoe Keates, senior play specialist, and clinical engineering team leader Yoryd Khatri.

Working together for two years, Zoe and Yoyrd have designed and produced a 3D printed MRI scanner which has a moveable table, real MRI sounds, and a remote control which represents how and what happens during a real MRI scan.

Encouraging children to have their MRI scans awake removes the risks associated with an anaesthetic, reduces anxiety and means they can go straight home afterwards, rather than returning to the ward for recovery.

The families’ anxieties around hospitals and treatments are dramatically reduced, and the whole hospital experience for children becomes less daunting and scary, both at the time and for any future scans and treatments.

When they have the opportunity to choose, children regularly opt to have their scans awake. The mini MRI is also very useful post-procedurally because it helps children understand and process what they have had done and it helps them to understand their conditions.

The parent of a 7-year-old child said: “My daughter said she liked the toy scanner because she could see the movement it makes when someone is in the real MRI Scanner and I think it is a good idea for the children to play with the toy scan before they go to the real scan."
Another mum added: "It’s brilliant. So helpful to explain to William what was going to happen,” while an 8-year-old patient said: “I think it's good for children who are scared of having an MRI scan, and it’s a good size for dolls.”

Mr Matthew Shaw, Medical Director and Deputy CEO at RNOH, said: "Zoe and Yoryd demonstrated innovation and leadership by developing this MRI model tool. They have worked extremely hard over the last two years to produce a quite excellent and professionally developed clinical tool."

A colleague in the X-Ray department enthused: "I think it's excellent: a very true impression of an MRI scanner and will hopefully save us some money and prevent little ones from going under GA unnecessarily. Well done to all who took part in creating it."

Nine nominees make up the final shortlist for this year’s Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards and the finalists were selected from the record number of 130 entrants in three award categories - up on the 97 received in 2015.

Now in their third year, the awards were set up by Kate Granger, the terminally ill doctor who worked tirelessly to raise awareness around compassion in the NHS through her #hellomynameis social media campaign.

Together with her close friend and colleague Dr Natalie Silvey, a National Medical Director’s Fellow with NHS England, Kate chose the nine finalists for this year’s awards shortly before she died on 23 July from a rare type of sarcoma.

Kate’s husband of 12 years, Chris Pointon, will take Kate’s place at the awards at the Health and Care Innovation Expo being staged at Manchester Central on September 7 and 8.
He said: "There are some amazing entrants and deciding the shortlist was extremely difficult. The number of nominees shows just how highly regarded these awards have become and Kate was very proud of her legacy to the NHS."

Before her death at the age of 34, Kate said she hoped the awards would continue and grow into an even bigger event, saying: "Being a patient has taught me a huge amount about being a doctor. Prioritising compassionate care in its rightful place alongside patient safety, under the umbrella of quality is perhaps one of the most important things I have learned."

The shortlist is made up of three nominees in each of the three award categories.

The first award is for an individual working in the NHS or delivering NHS funded services. The others are for teams or organisations who are part of the NHS, or who deliver NHS funded services. These services can be delivered in hospitals, or in a primary care, community or residential setting.

Those shortlisted have all demonstrated how they have made a fantastic difference to patient care and, in particular, shown evidence of:

  • an ambitious and innovative way of delivering care
  • high-quality management and leadership
  • an approach that can be easily measured and have a real impact
  • how the approach has made a difference to patient care
  • how it makes a difference in the long term
  • how easily it can be replicated in other organisations

It was while undergoing treatment for cancer that Kate started writing about seeing the NHS “through the eyes of a patient”. She launched #hellomynameis campaign to talk about some of her intensely moving experiences. The campaign reminds healthcare professionals of the importance of introducing themselves to patients and how a relatively ‘little thing’ can positively affect a patient’s experience of the treatment and care they receive. It is now backed by more than 100 health trusts.

This year’s Kate Granger Awards ceremony is sponsored by HIMSS UK, a leader of transformation across health and care services using health IT. Through its communities, analytics, media and events, HIMSS provides multiple platforms to provide health and care professionals with the rights tools and knowledge to deliver improved patient outcomes and efficiencies using technology.

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