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What will you pledge for Change Day BC?

Change Day is a grassroots effort aimed at harnessing the collective energy, creativity and ideas of thousands of people to improve the care and wellbeing of those who use health-care services, their families and staff.
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From the moment she heard about it, Melanie Rathgeber knew she wanted to be part of Change Day BC.
 
“I like the idea of people committing to change on an individual level,” Rathgeber, a quality leader with PHSA said. “I have worked with system changes and large improvement initiatives for many years, and it can take a long time to see impact.
 
“I think it is important and refreshing for health-care providers and staff to know that a small change could make a world of difference to improving someone’s quality of care.”
 
Change Day is a grassroots effort aimed at harnessing the collective energy, creativity and ideas of thousands of people to improve the care and wellbeing of those who use health-care services, their families and staff. It started with England’s National Health Service and in two years, it’s grown into a global movement that’s seen thousands of people in many different countries pledge to change things.
 
The BC Patient Safety and Quality Council (BCPSQC) hopes to build on that success and momentum by hosting this province’s inaugural Change Day BC on October 15, 2015. Anyone involved in health, social and community care can participate by pledging to make a change or try something new.
 
For her part, Rathgeber has pledged to speak with 20 staff in the mental health programs at BC Children’s Hospital about collaborating with patients for quality improvement.
 
“Greater patient engagement is something that we’ve been working towards,” Rathgeber said. “We know it is really important for successful change and to make sure our programs and services work well for our clients and families.”
 
Rathgeber is looking for more ways to partner with current or former patients and families in projects and activities. She knows that staff and health-care providers understand the importance of the work, but understands it can be daunting to work with patients and families in new ways.
 
“I want to hear about their ideas so I could help move those ideas forward,” she said, “I also want to hear about any challenges they anticipate, so we could work in ways that would reduce those concerns.”
 
Pledges can be big or small, and can be related to any topic of your choice. They are voluntary and a personal commitment to changing care for the better. Even seemingly small pledges can have a positive effect. When combined with all of the other pledges, we can create a tremendous wave of improvement that ripples throughout our organization and system.
 
During the NHS Change Day, there were pledges that aimed to empathize and understand the patient experience better such as tasting a pediatric medicine to see how bad it tasted, or spending a day in a wheel chair. Others pledged to introduce themselves by name to patients, or smiling at patients and colleagues alike to brighten their day – relatively small acts that can go a long way to improve the patient experience.
 
Change Day BC participants are encouraged to share their pledges with others online at www.changedaybc.ca.
 
Individuals can also become a Change Day Ambassador and help spread the word. The goal for Change Day BC is to reach 5,000 pledges by October 15.

Change Day BC is online at www.ChangeDayBC.ca, Instagram as ChangeDayBC and Twitter with the account @ChangeDayBC and hashtag #ChangeDayBC.
 
 
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