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Started: April 2013
Based: Coventry
Website: www.changeday.nhs/healthcareradicals
Twitter: #SFHCR
Category: Health

The School for Health and Care Radicals was a virtual learning programme for people who wanted to join others to change the world of health and care.

The programme ran for five weeks from January to February 2014 and encouraged health professionals to challenge the status quo and try something different in order to improve patient care. This was supported by tweet chats and live chat forums.

The course was set up by Helen Bevan, who recognised the need for support, help and tools to foster radicals in the NHS. The tutoring included web seminars on how to roll with resistance and build new communities.

The success of the school extended beyond the NHS and across global healthcare networks. More than 1,500 people enrolled across 40 countries to be mentored by more than 40 volunteers.

The next term started in January 2015, with the hope that an alumni network could be established to support reform going forward.