NHS Change Day has been rebranded as FabChangeDay after NHS England commissioned the Academy of FabNHSStuff to help and support the day.
The purpose of the rebranding is to encompass staff across all healthcare settings including primary care, social care, hospices and charities and to kickstart a year of action. There will be increased support to enable dissemination and sharing of changes more widely throughout the health and social care arena.
Roy Lilley, health commentator and founder of FabNHSStuff, said: 'It is our privilege to be supporting FabChangeDay. Frontline staff do fabulous work every day and they are best placed to identify beneficial changes and make them happen, our mission is to show people what good looks like and help them achieve it.'
The 11 July marks 100 days until FabChangeDay (19 October 2016) and will see increased social media activity sharing last year’s pledges and success stories in the run up to the day. There are resources on the website with logos and toolkits people can use to engage and participate in the day.
At the end of August an electronic app will be launched allowing people to record their individual pledges or take part in special campaigns.
People can either make individual pledges or can join into campaigns with others. One campaign is titled Specialist Nurses: Added Value, which will aim to raise the profile of specialist nurses and communicate the scope and breadth of their role. Other campaigns include dementia, mental health and a great initiative looking at patient flow through hospitals called Red to Green.
‘People can use the app to track their progress and we will be able to interact with people and offer support and specialist advice to enable them to complete their change actions. Once completed the app allows the user to save and print out a PDF poster of their work to promote and share what they have achieved,' said Dr Terri Porrett a director of FabNHSStuff and a specialist nurse by background. ‘I am particularly thrilled to see a campaign that is focusing on specialist nurses and the often hidden value that they bring to both patients and organisations'
NHS Change Day began in 2013 as a grassroots initiative set up by a small group of clinicians to create a movement that small individual acts can result in large-scale organisational change.