1000 pledges for NHS Change Day

Royal Lancaster Infirmary
Royal Lancaster Infirmary

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust is aiming to get

1,000 pledges for NHS Change Day – Monday, March 3, 2014.

Staff across the Trust, from nurses, doctors to caterers and porters will be asked to

make a pledge outlining how they will ensure the highest standards of safety and quality for patients.

Getting the ball rolling, Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse for the Trust, made the

first pledge for the trust saying: “I will pledge that every month I will put my uniform

on and help out where I am needed to make a difference to our patients.

“That may be making beds on a ward, providing drinks to our patients or carrying out other nursing duties – whatever needs doing I will support our staff.

“However, NHS Change Day is more than just a pledge for one day. It is about ensuring that we adopt the highest standards of care and quality across our organisation for the benefit of patients.

“Our nursing staff will be promoting harm free care and focussing on pressure ulcers and ensuring that staff across the Trust do all they can to ensure that we stop them for occurring.

“And all our staff can make a difference as well. Our receptionists can make a difference each time they meet a patient, our cleaners can make a difference by ensuring our hospitals are clean, and our catering teams make a difference by ensuring our food is tasty, nutritious and presented well.”

Nurse cadets will be helping out on the day by visiting wards and departments across our hospitals asking for pledges.

And stands will be at all of our hospitals for staff and the public to fill in a pledge card and ensure they make a difference.

“While NHS Change Day is just one day, we want to build better care for our

patients together – ensuring we deliver safe and quality care at whatever level in the organisation we are.

“The pledges will be on display at all main sites across the organisation and we will ensure that the pledges we make are not just for NHS Change Day, but the start of

a change in our NHS.”

NHS Change Day takes place on Monday, March 3, 2014.

It is a frontline-led movement; which has been set up with a shared aim of improving health and care within the NHS.

The stated mission is to inspire and mobilise people throughout the service (staff, patients and the public) to do something better together to improve care for people.

The first NHS Change Day, which took place in March 2013, was the first of its kind,

and this year the organisers hope to gain as many pledges as possible to improve patient care, and have set themselves the ambitious target of 500,000 pledges.

Last year 189,000 pledges were made online.