Fab Change Week 2017 – Ideas and Inspiration 2017-08-04T19:43:21+00:00

Ideas and Inspiration

Not sure what to do for Fab Change Week? Here’s some ideas that people did last year to help get your creative juices flowing!

The evolution of a social change movement – from ChangeDay to ChangeWeek by Helen Bevan and Roy Lilley

The evolution of a social change movement – from ChangeDay to ChangeWeek Thanks to a lot of hard work, enthusiasm and effort, last year your support made  FabChange-Day probably the most successful we’ve seen.   More pledges, more ideas and following the #Doathon-Day, more ideas into action, shared across the NHS.  You have told us you want to make it even better by turning it into a week of change, focussing on the real changes that are in place, building [...]

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Randomised Coffee Trials

Let’s get the NHS and social care talking again!
We just don’t talk to each other enough anymore.how-to-set-up-a-randomised-coffee-trial-2-1024

A Randomised Coffee Trial (or RCT for short) are all about getting people talking to one another, making connections throughout the NHS – and beyond! It’s ‘randomised’ because the idea is to connect people with a shared interest, or to put you in touch with someone in your organisation who you might not otherwise meet. It’s part of Fab Change Week, and so it is all about action and change to make a difference to patients, as well as the staff who care for them. There is so much good work going on out there, and innovative ideas just waiting to be shared. Let’s connect, get talking, discover, understand, and learn from each other!

RCTs is a simple but powerful idea. Everyone is welcome to get involved, and we’d love you to take part.

How do I get involved?
You can set up your own RCT across your organisation

Resources and next steps
Access useful resources to enable you to run your own RCT, some of the template documents were used successfully last year and so are examples for you to edit and reuse this year.

For this year’s Fab Change Day, we are encouraging as many health and care systems to try the red and green day approach. The approach is really simple, a red day is of no value for a patient whereas a green day is of value. For one day (Fab Change Day), we are encouraging as many health and care staff to ask themselves is this a red or a green day for my patient today? If it’s a red day, then what can be done today to make the patients day a green day. You can try using our red and green day guide or adapt the approach so it works for you locally. There is compelling evidence that shows the risks to frail older patients that have prolonged hospital stays. Imagine the results if we significantly reduced the number of red days.


The value of specialist nursing  roles are often not fully understood and the added value that specialist nurses bring to both organisations and patients is not visible. This campaign is supporting and promoting nurse specialists and giving them the resources to demonstrate their value and raise their profile.

Over 840 000 people are living with dementia, affecting over 22 million people in the UK, either as a family member, neighbour or friend. One in three people over 65 will die with dementia and the average age of a patient in an acute hospital is 75.

MyMeds is a simple action to remind all healthcare professionals who see patients in urgent or emergency care settings, to check what regular medications the patient has, and to make sure, if appropriate, they are delivered.

Sepsis is frighteningly common. We see 102,000 cases every year. 37,000 people a year die from sepsis every year in the United Kingdom. This is not about complex, expensive therapies, but about recognition and doing the basics. That’s what the Sepsis toolkits are all about. If we do the basics, if we get this right, we can save at least 12,500 people’s lives every year.

MatExp is a powerful grassroots campaign using the Whose Shoes?® approach to identify and share best practice across the nation’s maternity services. It has already been triggering discussions about what needs to improve; we are so grateful to all the people from across the country who have shared their thoughts and experiences. You are all helping us build a powerful social movement for change! We then need to work together to make it happen!

CovMindTheGap is a platform for change helping people to use community to bridge the gap between services and healthy, happy lives.

For patients and their carers to achieve the things that matter to them by working in partnership with those in the NHS. HelloOURaimis asks you what is the single most important aim you want to achieve and how the people involved in your care (you, family, friends, carers, doctors, nurses etc) can work with you to achieve this aim.

StudentLedChange, is a campaign to unleash the potential of the thousands of health student-led learning and research projects conducted annually, but seldom published or documented. It features QuID.org.uk, an open access database for students to submit their projects and learn from others

Avoidable pressure ulcers are a key indicator of the quality of nursing care. Preventing them happening will improve all care for vulnerable patients. The ‘Stop the Pressure’ campaign was launched by NHS Midlands and East as part of their ambition to make life better for patients. The campaign is now being rolled out nationally, with NHS England, NHS Improving Quality and Haelo joining forces with other partners.

People with mental health problems who use NHS services describe being treated with disrespect, or as a nuisance, both when presenting in an emergency and during more routine interventions. This campaign is about getting people in the NHS to listen to people who have suffered from mental ill health, and getting people in the NHS who have suffered from mental ill-health to speak up. Visit the page now to learn how three simple actions can start to change the world.