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5th March 2013
NHS Change Day is on Wednesday 13th March 2013
On the 13 March 2013, NHS Change Day will bring together the individual creativity, energy and innovative thinking of thousands of NHS staff from across clinical and non-clinical areas of work, in a single day of collective action to improve care for patients, their families and their carers.
Change Day is an NHS grassroots initiative devised and driven by new young and emergent clinical and managerial leaders from primary and secondary care across the NHS in England, who want to make this call to action the single largest simultaneous improvement event in the NHS.
It is an ambitious programme of activities aimed at galvanising and engaging the frontline in the process of improvement through individuals and teams pledging to make a change in their practice which will improve patient experience and/or clinical outcomes by spreading and adopting best practice and championing innovation. This will be a country wide event covering the whole of the UK and will coincide with the Healthcare Innovation Expo being held at Excel.
The idea of NHS Change Day is create a mass movement of people working in the NHS demonstrating the difference they can make - by one simple act – and proving that large scale improvement is possible in the NHS. The aim is for 65,000 people to take part, 65 being the number of years the NHS has been in existence.
Those who wish to take part can go to the NHS Change Day website and make their pledge online, join in the discussions on the forum and become part of the growing list of active supporters and organisations taking part on the day.
￼Damian Roland, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, is one of those who first thought of the idea of Change Day and is part of the core Change Day team: ‘Change can begin with very simple ideas. One innovative suggestion can lead to a new way of thinking which could transform the way we work. If the simple changes made on Change Day have an impact they will become part of the way we work in the future.’
Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England is a staunch supporter: ‘NHS Change Day is a fantastic opportunity to join a movement of young leaders who want to make a difference in the NHS. I am hugely enthusiastic about the idea and will be pledging my support.’
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS says: ‘I am delighted to support all those involved in NHS Change Day. It's especially an opportunity for the next generation of junior doctors to effect change in a practical and sustainable way.’
You can sign up to make your pledge on the website and get the latest chat on Twitter by searching for #NHSchangeday and following @NHSchangeday.
No hospitals will close. Northampton, Kettering, Milton Keynes, Luton & Dunstable and Bedford will all continue to provide most local services
All five hospitals will have an A&E and maternity service
Our first priority is safe, sustainable, high quality services
Our recommendations will be based on clinical evidence and local need