Welcome to the
Change Day

What is it all about?

In 2012 the NHS in England hosted its first NHS Change Day. This social media-based innovation was a huge success, with hundreds of NHS staff members, patients and volunteers submitting ‘pledges‘ to improve patient care within their health service.

HSC Change Day

Now Northern Ireland has its own day - HSC Change Day - that allows all interested parties to make their own pledge to improve care within the service that thousands of people rely on every day. Everyone connected to health and social care services in Northern Ireland - social workers, allied health professionals, nurses, doctors, students, pharmacists, managers, patients, dentists, and members of the public - can make a pledge to change for the better.

What is a pledge?

A pledge is something that you promise to do, or to change, to improve your HSC.

If you‘re a member of staff in HSC and there's something you have always wanted to do, a process you have wanted to change or a quality improvement project you have always wanted to conduct but haven't quite got round to doing it yet then HSC Change Day presents you with the opportunity to do it. You can ‘turn a whinge into a way‘ or ‘do something better together' by pledging with other people in your multidisciplinary team.

If you don‘t work in Health and Social Care you can still make a pledge – for example, you could pledge to donate blood on Change Day itself, or you could pledge to visit an elderly neighbour once a month.

We will all become users of the service at some point in time; wouldn‘t it be great if everyone connected to health and social caretook some ownership of the system before they became a patient and did something great for our HSC?

How is 2016 different?

Well, aside from our new colour (purple) and date (October rather than March) we have decided to open up the floor to a more positive change day in 2016.

At the time you make your pledge we want you to put what you are going to improve AND what is great about your area of the Health and Social Care system!

All you need to do is go to the 'Make a Pledge' using the link above and type in your pledge (don't forget to choose your favourite character!). 

How do I pledge?

Simple! All you need to do is click on the ‘make a pledge‘ link above and make your pledge today! Don't forget as well as your pledge you should put what is great about your area of the HSC, you can either put this in a seperate character-held placard or with your pledge.

What happens after I make my pledge?

That‘s entirely up to you! You have made your pledge public so it‘s up to you to fulfil it! You can send us photographs of you carrying out your pledge via Twitter or through our photos page.

What resources are available to promote HSC Change Day?

You can use the 'downloads' page to download the most up-to-date resources. We're currently working on these so please be patient, we hope to have them ready by the end of September!

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