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NHS Change Day and School for Health and Care Radicals both listed in top 50 New Radical list!

Health care social movements recognised in national list of innovative practice

The School for Health and Care Radicals and NHS Change Day, which are supported by NHS Improving Quality, have both been included on the 2014 New Radicals list, compiled by Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, and The Observer.

This year, more than 800,000 pledges of action were made for NHS Change Day, from people and organisations who want to make genuine improvements to health and care services. The School for Health and Care Radicals was held in the weeks leading up to Change Day, to provide people with powerful ideas, tools and connections to become a successful change agent. More than 1,500 people enrolled for the School from across 40 countries.

New Radicals is a search to find the top people, projects and organisations offering innovative ways to tackle social challenges. It was launched for the first time in 2012 when 50 were chosen from across a broad range of sectors. This year, applications and nominations were invited across ten categories: community action; environment; health; employment/jobs; politics; media, architecture and the arts; science and technology; business; education; food.

More than 1,000 people responded to the open call for nominations. These were assessed by a panel of judges that included:

o John Mulholland, The Observer Editor
o Jane Ferguson, The Observer New Review Editor
o Yvonne Roberts, The Observer Chief Leader Writer
o Geoff Mulgan, Nesta CEO
o Jay Rayner, Food journalist and broadcaster
o Nazneen Rahman, Head of genetics and epidemiology at the Institute of Cancer Research
o Kamila Shamsie, author and columnist
o Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK
o Julian Corner, Chief Executive of the Lankelly Chase Foundation
o Steve Hawkins, Chief Executive of Local Solutions
o Morna Simpson, Founder of Girl Geek Scotland
o Gemma Cairney, TV and BBC Radio 1 presenter
o Bobby Byrne, actress

These are just a couple of the comments made by the judges;

Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta, commented: “New Radicals celebrates the often unsung heroes who are blazing new trails that could benefit us all, whether in schools or care homes, science or the arts. It’s designed to complement the very familiar lists that celebrate the rich, the powerful and the famous, and we hope that once again the list can inspire others to turn their enthusiasm and ideas into practical change for the better.”

John Mulholland, Editor of The Observer, said: "It's a thrilling list - here are people or groups of people who are organising, collaborating and active in a way that helps transform lives and communities. It's an antidote to apathy and cynicism - this is about activism. The ways in which these people act has the effect of materially changing the lives of Britons for the better. I think the message is clear – if at all possible, do something. It's almost always better than doing nothing."

Jackie Lynton, Head of Transformation for NHS Horizons Group said “this recognition is a tribute to all of the those people who have joined together to help NHS Change Day and the School for Health and Care Radicals offer innovative ways to improve patient care”.

The full list of 50 2014 New Radicals can be found on the Nesta ( and Observer ( websites.

The School for Health and Care Radicals have produced a short thank you video to those who took part in the School, check it out here;

We’ve also announced the date for Change Day 2015, please mark March 11, 2015 in your diary!

We are already planning for Change Day 2015. We want to keep building on the momentum so far, growing and creating opportunities to see more stories of action for health and social care.

Please keep an eye on our website, we will be updating it regularly and bringing you all the latest news, building up to the day.

We continue to need your support in helping your own organisations and communities get involved.

If you need any help or further information please contact Arsha Sharma
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