NHS Change Day has given staff a fantastic opportunity to connect with each other, and with patients by affirming each other’s actions. From the pledges coming I'm seeing a redefining what change means and what is important to us. Its remarkable to see how so many of the pledges relate to cultural change which we all hope for and patients to benefit from" Jackie Lynton, NHS change day core leadership team and change leader
"Change is in the DNA of healthcare scientists and enables the NHS to deliver at the limits of science - this is why we’re proud as a profession to support NHS Change Day." Professor Sue Hill, CBE, Chief Scientific Officer, in the Medical Directorate.
"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." Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England
"A small change can make a massive difference, for example, in dentistry, simply telling a patient to spit out instead of rinsing after brushing their teeth can make their brushing more effective and help improve their oral health. NHS Change Day is a fantastic way of encouraging people to think of good ideas to make a difference like this. I am delighted to support it." Barry Cockcroft, Chief Dental Officer for England
"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." Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, KBE, National Medical Director
"Fantastic to see such a strong sense of common purpose around NHS Change Day, and really delighted to be part of it." Dr Mark Newbold, Chief Executive, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
"As a supporter of Change Day, it’s important to remember this is not just a day of change, but a reminder to us all that we must always be looking of ways to improve how we do things for our patients. Our Trust has pledged to focus on medication safety, a key priority not just for our organisation, but the NHS as a whole." Dr Sarah Woolley, Director of Safety and Governance, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
"This is a really inspiring campaign for a great cause. It's great to see so many NHS staff pledging their support to do something that will make a difference to the work they do and the care patients receive. Even one small change per person on a scale this size can have a really positive impact overall. In recent weeks, we have heard some terrible stories of patients being let down by the health service they put their trust in. NHS Change Day is a great opportunity to rebuild people's trust in the health service and show the passion and energy staff have to do the best for their patients." Mike Farrar, NHS Confederation Chief Executive
"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 a real impact, they will become part of the way we work in the future." Damian Roland, Paediatric Junior Doctor, and one of those who first thought of the idea of Change Day
"Change day is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in an NHS wide initiative to improve the NHS. Even a small change can make a huge difference." Claire Lemer - Newly qualified Paediatric Consultant
"Front-line clinicians are in an excellent position to see where improvements can be made and to engage their colleagues and patients in identifying solutions. However change can be challenging, especially if you feel you are tackling it on your own. NHS change day is a fantastic opportunity to implement simple solutions to improve quality of care- alongside thousands of others making pledges across the NHS." Jane Runnacles – Paediatric Registrar
"NHS Change day offers the most amazing, diverse and inclusive opportunity to tell the world we care! We are proud of the NHS and are ready to embrace change, move forward and be the best." Kirstie Stott - Operational Manager
"NHS change day is a fantastic opportunity for everyone in the nhs to stand together and together feel empowered to make a quality improvement to make lives better for patients." Pollyanna Jones – NHS Graduate Trainee
"Change Day is a fantastic opportunity for people to showcase their passion for the NHS and to make a real, evident difference for those who use and work within our services. When the smallest of changes can have such a positive impact, why wouldn’t you want to get involved?" Tom Lindley – Project Manager, Doncaster Community Integrated Services
"People in the NHS do fantastic work every day, but we should never stop trying to make services even better for patients. Supporting NHS Change Day is a fantastic way to get involved and create the sort of NHS we all want to see. I urge as many people as possible to give their support." Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary
"I believe that this initiative will help inspire that next generation of NHS leaders and I am delighted to provide the following pledges for quotation on your website. I will continue to champion the research , specialist services and medical teaching that is provided in our city teaching hospital so that Londoners and the whole nation can benefit from their excellent healthcare. And, I will continue to champion cycling in London and other forms of physical activity to support people staying healthy. I hope NHS change day is a huge success and would like to pass on my warmest wishes to all who have been involved in this important initiative." Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
Change Day 2013 was an extraordinary moment in the history of the NHS. It taught us that large-scale improvement is possible in the NHS and that the best way to do it is through collective commitment, action and by keeping it simple. It was about making big change happen, not just thinking about it or analysing it or suggesting how to do it but by simply doing something better together. This interim report shares some examples of the difference made and the initial story of the first NHS Change Day and its team – when the NHS stepped out together and we not only reached the 65,000 target, but smashed it, receiving a staggering 189,000 pledges.
Read the interim report.
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