Flix was invited by the Dying Matters Coalition to film Kate Granger (@grangerkate) and her partner, Chris Pointon, to develop a resource that would tell their story, as well as continue the work Kate has been undertaking to improve communication and treatment for those experiencing end of life care. We spent two days with Kate and Chris in their home, discussing everything from funeral plans to scone recipes.
Our aim was to create a lasting legacy of Kate’s work, in an uplifting and positive way that reflects her determination, humour, resilience and professional accomplishment. The film premiered during Kate’s lecture on Monday, 12th May, 2014, opening Dying Matters Awareness week.
Kate, a Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine, has incurable cancer. After five gruelling rounds of chemotherapy following her diagnosis with a rare and aggressive form of sarcoma in July 2011, she made the decision to stop receiving treatment and concentrate on enjoying a good quality of life.
Since then, Kate has written two books, and blogs and tweets extensively about living with cancer and, in particular, her experiences as a patient. She has also launched the “hello my name is” campaign after becoming frustrated by the number of medical staff who failed to introduce themselves to her when she was receiving treatment. The campaign has been endorsed by several senior nurses at NHS England, including chief nursing officer Jane Cummings and Head of Commissioning (nursing) Michelle Mello.
Sadly, Kate died from her cancer in 2016. She will be missed by everyone whose lives were touched by her.
NCPC / Dying Matters