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Fab Change Day 2016

FabchangedaylogoNHS Change Day started in 2013 and  was the biggest day of collective action for improvement in the history of the NHS – Fact. A countrywide event in England, NHS Change Day was a grassroots initiative devised and driven by a small group of emerging clinicians and improvement leaders (the hubbies).

Their idea was to create a mass movement of National Health Service (NHS) staff demonstrating the difference they can make by one simple act, proving that large-scale improvement is possible.

Change Day occurred in a context in which the NHS was under great financial, organisational and reputational strain (so no change there then…) This combination of factors create a climate in which NHS staff were under internal pressure and negative external scrutiny. NHS Change Day 2013 connected with that moment, providing an opportunity to transform anger or frustration into constructive action.

The most significant learning from NHS Change Day is that change of this kind is possible; the most significant impact is that tens of thousands of staff have now had the experience of taking part in collective action for change. In 2014 and 2015 Change Day successfully built on these foundations. Now,  in 2016 Change Day is Changing – and that’s a fact…

We are  delighted to announce that FabChangeDay 2016 will be taking place on Wednesday 19 October 2016! 

FabNHSStuff is privileged to be working with and supporting the brilliant team of ‘hubbies” to make FabChangeDay 2016 even bigger and better and reach more people. A time to put ideas into action in a year of supporting  and sharing that action.

fab-change-green-button-subpageChange Day 24 hour Marathon

Fab Change Day 2016 – the 19th October – was a fantastic day. A day that started a year of putting ideas into action. Fuelled on caffeine, encouraged by well wishers and a tide of support on social media (trending No2 on Twitter) our mammoth, Change Day marathon, visiting 12 health and care venues in 24 hrs, is over.

The team set out at 9am from the NAPC conference in Brum on the 19th and in the shadow of some of the most iconic buildings in London, we finished at the Royal London Hospital, part of #BrilliantBartsHealth exactly on time; 8 o’clock in the morning of Thursday 20th October.

To see all the day’s activities – photos, videos and tweets – click here

Campaigns for 2016

There are currently 12 established campaigns running for Fab Change Day 2016. These campaigns have all arisen from the grassroots, created by staff, patients, carers, care workers, members of the public. Many started as pledges in previous years. We also encourage you to create a campaign of your own if that is something you would like to pledge to. All change is good and anyone can come up with great ideas.

For more information on the campaigns running in 2016 please click here.

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We think it is time for Change Day to change gears so we have a new way of collecting your pledges, promises and ideas.

We’re delighted to introduce the Fab Change Day App – an easy to use application that enables you to create a change pledge that you can share on social media and print.

The app has been designed with ease of use in mind. We will ask who you are and a bit about what you do and where you work. This will enable us to keep in contact with you, give you any help you might need and connect you with people who might be working to the same goals. Click here to access the app and make your personal pledge today!


Fab Change Day 2016 will see an exciting range of activities and events happening across the country. Our Fab Change Day maps give you an interactive way to track what’s happening in your area and to see how many people are participating. Click here to view the maps.

changedaytwibboninfoShow your support for Fab Change Day with a Twibbon

You can now show your support for Fab Change Day by adding a Twibbon to your Twitter or Facebook account. Click here to add it to your profile.

Latest news from Fab Change Day

Fab change day action – Guide to implementing John’s Campaign #DementiaDO

15 October 2016Categories: FabChangeDay, Fabulous Stuff, News

Founded by Julia Jones and Nicci Gerrard in 2014, John’s Campaign calls for a policy welcoming family carers onto the wards outside of the normal visiting times, according to the needs of the person with [...]

How can NHS Change Day help us be ‘fab’? – Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

14 October 2016Mark SpybeyCategories: FabChangeDay, News

For what feels like a very long time, we’ve been told that the NHS needs to change. As tax payers or ‘investors’ in the NHS, as users of the NHS, as carers of loved ones [...]


14 October 2016Categories: FabChangeDay, Fabulous Stuff, News

#CovMindTheGap #CovMindTheGap is a platform for change helping people to use community to bridge the gap between services and healthy, happy lives. See the full Fab Change Day campaign for #CovMindTheGap here You are invited to a FREE [...]

Fab Change Day and Dementia Pledges

13 October 2016Categories: Dementia Care, FabChangeDay

We are thrilled that this years Fab Change Day features the work of Dementia Carer Voices. Tommy's talks and roadshows talking about his personal experience of dementia caring for his mum Joan is moving and [...]

Leeds Children’s Hospital – making Fab Change Day fab

12 October 2016Categories: FabChangeDay, News

Leeds Children's Hospital are making Fab Change Day a fabulous day for all. The day includes a GBBO bake off challenge, randomised coffee trial, and the official opening of the "Changing Place".  Staff are also asked [...]

United Lincolnshire Hospitals – Gearing up for Fab Change Day

12 October 2016Jennie Negus Categories: FabChangeDay

United Lincolnshire Hospitals are gearing up for Fab Change Day with a range of activities for the week, such as random acts of kindness lucky dip, thank you cards to colleagues, randomised coffee trial - [...]

Social Prescription – My FabChangeDay pledge

12 October 2016Emily DownsCategories: Active communities, FabChangeDay, Primary care, social and sporting collaborations to impact on public health

The NHS is struggling under the pressures of under-funding, a growing elderly population and increase in people living with long-term conditions. It is impossible to fully meet the needs of patients with traditional healthcare and [...]


11 October 2016Categories: FabChangeDay, Fabulous Stuff

Who would not want to give their baby the best start in life? Why are we as a nation still struggling to support breast feeding? Breastfeeding is one of the most efficient and cost effective [...]

The Blonde’s Red Letter Day

10 October 2016Categories: BLONDE, FabChangeDay, Fabulous Stuff

It's not everyday you get to meet Great Britain's most decorated female Olympian. Its not everyday you get to listen to an inspirational woman whose passion, commitment and drive to make a difference is awe [...]

#Stubitout – Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen Hospitals University Trust

10 October 2016Categories: FabChangeDay, Fabulous Stuff

In line with recent patient, staff and visitors feedback, our Director of Operations, Donna McLaughlin, has pledged to proactively challenge smokers who congregate at the entrance to our hospital. Donna made her pledge today at [...]


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