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Northumbria staff’s ‘fab’ pledge for NHS Change Day

Thursday, 20 October, 2016
Northumbria staff’s ‘fab’ pledge for NHS Change Day

NHS workers across Northumberland and North Tyneside have vowed to make a ‘fab’ difference to patient care as part of a national day of action.

For NHS Change Day – dubbed #FabChangeDay – on Wednesday 19 October, staff from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust pledged their support and committed to make one positive change in the workplace and, most importantly, to turn ideas into action.

And to celebrate Northumbria’s efforts, NHS commentator and founder of ‘The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff’ Roy Lilley visited The Northumbria hospital at Cramlington to meet staff and hear about The Northumbria Way, the trust’s continuous journey of improvement.

Mr Lilley met staff including Sarah Lindman and Michael Porter who he referred to as ‘Geordie legends’ in his blog for going above and beyond the call of duty for their patients.

Over the past week, Northumbria staff have used pledge walls at The Northumbria hospital and Wansbeck, Hexham and North Tyneside general hospitals with many taking to social media using #FabChangeDay to share their support with thousands of fellow NHS staff across the country.

On the day, staff also took part in a cycle challenge to illustrate the trust’s cycle of change and continuous journey to provide high quality, safe and caring health and care services for people in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Annie Laverty, director of patient experience at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “At Northumbria Healthcare we embody continuous improvements and are extremely proud of the culture we have created that empowers every member of our staff to suggest improvements and make a difference to patient care.

“While we encourage our staff to put forward their ideas on any day of the year, we are pleased to support NHS Change Day that showcases our improvement journey and focus our staff’s minds to continually strive to make the trust an even better place to work and receive care.

“In a challenging time for the NHS, we were delighted to welcome Roy Lilley to our trust to see first-hand the fab things we are doing here and it’s been a real boost to our staff.”

NHS Fab Stuff’s visit to The Northumbria hospital was one of a series of events held to celebrate #FabChangeDay. Throughout the day Roy and the team flew in a helicopter around the country calling at a number of hospitals.

Scores of pledges were put forward by Northumbria staff which included a wide range of topics from recognising each individual’s contribution to improving the patient experience, ensuring patients’ voices are heard and maintaining high levels of cleanliness.