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News - 6 March 2014

Thousands to 'do something different' for NHS.

Thousands of people working across the NHS are doing something different to improve care as part of NHS Change Day.

Last year, 189,000 people took part by making a pledge online - and this year the aim is to get 500,000 pledges.

The aim of the day is to encourage those working for the NHS - and those who use it - to make the NHS better by pledging to do something different.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS and the wife of a local GP comments:
“This year, there have been pledges from everyone from NHS managers and chief executives, to nurses, doctors and healthcare assistants around the country. Pledges range from the simple, such as making sure a child's teddy bear is right next to them when they wake up in recovery, to the innovative, such as helping terminally ill children understand and relate to the cycle of life by growing and nurturing seeds on the ward.”

In 2013, a GP pledged to spend the day in a wheelchair so he could understand the pressures on his disabled patients.

In another GP surgery, staff pledged to switch off the electronic message board for a day so they could call patients by name and re-engage with them.

UNISON, which represents 450,000 health workers, is encouraging NHS staff to get involved and make a positive change to the way they work.

Christina McAnea, head of health at UNISON, said: "NHS Change Day is an inspiring idea. It challenges the status quo and gives staff across the NHS the opportunity to think out of the box and come up with pledges that they believe will make a difference."

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