On 1st July 2014 teams, patients and families gathered to celebrate the amazing achievements from the 20,000 Days and Beyond 20,000 Days Campaign. It’s been over 2 years since the campaigns first began and it’s been a remarkable journey. While we have seen the demands on our hospital reduce, due to keeping people well in the community, the real rewards come with the improvements to patients and families lives. Patients like Mike who joined the ‘Healthy Hearts Fit to Exercise Programme’, following a heart attack. Mike has now turned his life around. He is fitter, healthier more confident and earlier this year completed Round the Bays with other Fit to Exercise participants. Then there is Elizabeth, who following a stroke is now doing her rehabilitation at home, thanks to the Supporting Life After Stroke – Early Supported Discharge Programme. “I like doing my rehab at home – I can walk around, help my sister in the garden and do the cooking,” says Elizabeth. “Home is where I want to be.” And who can forget George from the 20,000 Days Campaign, who with the help of the Very High Intensity User team went from 28 admissions in one year down to 3 admissions the following year.
Over the next 12 months we will be supporting 10 Beyond 20,000 Days Collaborative teams implement, embed and spread the changes permanently into practice. These ‘superheroes’ of improvement now have the skills, knowledge, confidence and a proven methodology to enable them to spread their work further and help transform our health system ….. one step at a time.
We are also delighted to announce that ‘How to Guides’ about the work of SMOOTH (Safer Medication Outcomes On Transfer Home), Early Delirium Identification and Management and Skin infections and Cellulitis have been posted on the 20,000 Days website (at the bottom of the page). More ‘How to Guides’ will be posted during July for Transitions of Care, Better Breathing, Hip Fracture Management and Healthy Hearts.
Congratulations to everyone involved with the Campaigns. You should all be proud of what you have achieved.
To view the 20,000 Days and Beyond journey and celebration check out the short videos below: