Ian McNeil, one of the GMC’s Regional Liaison Advisers, talks about NHS Change Day.

Today, 3 March 2014, will see over 270,000 people pledge to make the NHS better for patients.  Change Day is open to everyone who cares about improving healthcare and wellbeing and doing things better together.

NHS Change Day started last year with a single tweet from Dr Stuart Sutton, but that tweet started a movement that resulted in 189,000 pledges.

The pledges ranged from the very simple “To smile more and say hello” to the more involved such as “To set up and maintain a used furniture log so the Trust can reuse furniture rather than buying new”.

The second Change Day will seek to harness the passion, drive, commitment and innovation that we see every single day across the NHS into inspiring change for the better.  This year NHS Change day is hoping to receive 500,000 pledges.

We at the GMC have taken an interest in Change Day as part of our role in improving the standards of medical practice in the UK.  Niall Dickson is speaking at NHS Expo today where Change Day is being launched, and will highlight the importance of our work as a regulator and the data we hold to drive innovation and change in patient safety.

As part of their role in sharing notable practice and interesting ideas, our staff from teams across the organisation, including the regional liaison team and devolved offices are also supporting Change Day.  They will be attending events in their regions and countries and promoting the event to doctors across the UK.  They will also be pledging themselves.

I’ve been leading the GMC team on our involvement, and plan to make my own pledge(s) on the Pledge Wall today.  Firstly: ‘to work with doctors and others to understand the challenges of obtaining informed consent from patients’. Secondly, ‘to ensure a patient’s perspective is included in all my presentations to doctors’ and lastly ‘to lose 7lbs in weight so that I reduce my risk of becoming a patient’. ”

Jo Wren, RLA for East of England and Thames Valley, will be making two pledges this year.  ’I will be pledging to give positive feedback to my doctor for the great care I receive. Hopefully they can use it in their annual appraisal and Revalidation evidence portfolio,’ she said. “There is a perception that the GMC is exclusively focussed on poor practice due to our role in complaints, and it’s great to remember the importance of positive feedback in improving service and re-enforcing good practice.  As a team, we’ll also be pledging to share examples of notable practice that we come across within our regions, and also within the wider teams across the UK and on Twitter.’

To get involved, you can sign up and make a pledge on the NHS Change website.

Our Regional Liaison Adviser for East of England and Thames Valley, Jo Wren, and her NHS Change Day pledge
Our Regional Liaison Adviser for East of England and Thames Valley, Jo Wren, and her NHS Change Day pledge