NHS Change Day is a grassroots movement, which encourages individual pledges to improve the NHS.
NHS Change Day started from a single tweet in 2012, which developed into a conversation between trainee doctors and NHS improvement leaders. They began exchanging ideas and developed a shared vision about bringing together NHS staff and supporters to create positive change. This led to the very first NHS Change Day in March 2013.
The idea was to create a mass movement of NHS staff and people who work with and use the NHS to take action resulting in better patient care. NHS Change Day 2013 mobilised 189,000 pledges for action and since then more than 80 per cent of people questioned have stated their pledge has led to change. The number of pledges on the NHS Change Day website has now passed 800,000.
From taking time to listening to colleagues and introducing themselves to patients' families to researching conditions and building support networks, people's great and small pledges can be made all year around, not just on one day. The movement aims to make changes that matter in everyday practice.
As well as being named a New Radical, NHS Change Day was recently announced as a winner of M-Prize's Leaders Everywhere Challenge.