#100DaysofChange – Stories from Change Day 2015
The Phoenix Team, part of Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust, developed the ‘Stop Before Your Op ’ initiative to encourage patients to stop smoking prior to surgery or treatment. The success of this campaign has been unbelievable, and the benefits are huge.
Over 100 NHS organisations are today joining the Big Bang launch of #Hellomynameis. The ‘Hello my name is…’ campaign was created by Dr Kate Granger, an Acting Consultant in Medicine for Older People from Wakefield, who herself has terminal cancer. During a hospital stay last summer, Kate noticed that many staff looking after her did not introduce themselves before delivering care. So she decided to do something about it.
The Baby Buddy phone app is a public health intervention developed by child health charity Best Beginnings, who work to help families access the information they need to give their children the best start in life. Baby Buddy is a free app for all mothers but it has been specifically designed to engage and support young mums.
Hi. My name is Samantha Marsh and I am an Infection Prevention and Control Nurse at Grantham and District Hospital. Whilst in post for infection prevention at ULHT, I observed that hand hygiene was a big issue when it came to preventing infections and cross infections. Our staff are aware of the hand hygiene policy but were, undoubtedly, suffering from message fatigue. We needed to express ourselves differently and find ways to create a buzz about hand washing. This got me thinking!
Over 1,500 people are making a change by joining this year’s School for Health and Care Radicals. These change activists are going to learn how to rock the boat, but stay in it. We spoke to some of this year’s pupils via a Twitter chat to ask them why they have joined the school and what they hope to get from their studies.
Gill Philips and Ken Howard launched a campaign to help people living with dementia have a voice. Together, Gill and Ken have been sharing the message of treating people with dementia as human beings with real lives and aspirations, and that people can live well with dementia and speak out in their own right.
Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group are challenging staff to walk collectively to London, Paris and even Dubai, as part of their ‘Around the World’ campaign to encourage walking. Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group are offering every one of their staff a free pedometer, so that they can all keep count of how many steps they’re taking and to encourage them to become more active. They hope that collectively they can walk around the globe.
Barts Health NHS Trust pledged that ‘when our staff speak, we are going to do our very best to listen and we will respond to the benefit of colleagues, our community and, most of all, to enhance care for our patients.' Here they explain how they are doing this.
Change Day Australia is taking place on Wednesday 11 March. Change Day Australia often get asked if all these pledges actually make a difference, so they have made a short video where they went back and asked four people who made a pledge to share what happened.
Adele Bonsall is Matron for the geriatric and stroke service at Kings Mill Hospital, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She shares how they have listened to patients, carers and relatives to put them at the heart of service development.
Nurses and other frontline NHS staff in the East Midlands have organised a day-long conference to help ensure they meet the 6Cs values of compassion in care. Event organisers Maria Davison and Joan Pons Laplana explain why integrating the 6Cs into practice is so important.
Jonathan Griffiths Is a GP at Swanlow Practice in Winsford, Cheshire, and Chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG. He is a big fan of NHS Change Day and has made pledges and carried out actions for the last two Change Days. Today he tell us about his 2014 pledge to introduce himself to him patients using his first name: “Hello, my name is Dr Jonathan.”
Jonathan Griffiths Is a GP at Swanlow Practice in Winsford, Cheshire, and Chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG. He is a big fan of NHS Change Day and has made pledges and carried out actions for the last two Change Days. Today he tell us about his 2014 pledge to spend time working on the reception of his surgery”
Jonathan Griffiths is a GP at Swanlow Practice in Winsford, Cheshire, and Chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG. He is a big fan of NHS Change Day and has made pledges and carried out actions for the last two Change Days. Over the next three days, Jonathan will be sharing his stories of change. Today he tell us about his 2013 pledge to spend a day in a wheelchair, and how it has affected his practice.
According to the newspapers, today is Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year. So, to brighten up your day, NHS Change Day is sharing a smile with you, and we are asking you to pass it on and share a smile today. Smiling is evolutionary contagious, so through our smiles, we can promote smiles in others.
Carol Turner was the Project Lead on the implementation of the innovative NHS system, Florence Simple Telehealth, to identify ‘white coat hypertension’ (high blood pressure caused by anxiety or nervousness in a clinic environment only) in Patient’s pre-operatively.
Fresh Hair offers a bespoke, one-to-one wig fitting service for those that have lost their hair due to treatment or illness of any cause. Patients are also offered advice on skin care and make-up, and a range of beauty and holistic therapies are also available. Over 700 patients a year from North Staffordshire and beyond are benefitting from the services offered by Fresh Hair.
When Dr. Susan Shaw learned about NHS Change Day in 2013, she was inspired. She wanted to bring the concept to her home province of Saskatchewan, Canada – and she did just that. Dr Shaw seized Change Day as an opportunity to better understand the patient experience. Her pledge was to spend some time in an intensive care unit (ICU) bed, paying close attention to what it might feel like to be a patient there.
We are a small team made up of breastfeeding peer support workers, an infant feeding specialist midwife, health visitor, peer support co-ordinator and baby friendly implementation officer. We wanted to change the culture surrounding infant feeding so that every mom, baby and family has the support and informed choice about feeding their baby.
For NHS Change Day last year, Sara Mills pledged to donate platelets. She has now donated 25 times, and here she shares why donating platelets is so important, she tells us about the process for donating platelets and the benefits of being a platelet donor.
To reduce the numbers of people with mental health problems who become victims of crime, and to improve the support available to those who do, Dorset Police, Dorset HealthCare and the Dorset Mental Health Forum have set up the Staying Safe course. Staying Safe aims to support people to identify ways in which they can protect themselves from crime and to develop personal safety plans.
David Foreman is Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Healthcare Practice at the University of Derby. He shares why he got involved in NHS Change Day, why he is encouraging his students to take charge of their Change Day actions and how a very small change can mean the world to patients.
I felt that it was important for the patient to have a point of contact whilst awaiting surgery. With this in mind I developed a communication card that incorporated the patient's named nurse in the pre-operative assessment unit and included the hellomynameis logo, to be given to each patient attending the unit.