2:30 - 4:00 pmSaturday, September 17
LK 209
Workshop: How to Rock the Boat and Stay In It - The School for Health and Care Radicals
LK 209
Workshop: How to Rock the Boat and Stay In It - The School for Health and Care Radicals
CTO at NHS England
My name is Helen Bevan. I’ve been a health care rebel inside the English National Health Service for 25 years. I’d like to talk at MedX about building a movement of healthcare rebels.The first principle... Read more

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My name is Helen Bevan. I’ve been a health care rebel inside the English National Health Service for 25 years. I’d like to talk at MedX about building a movement of healthcare rebels.

The first principle of MedX is “lead as health care rebels”. Anyone who challenges the status quo in health care doesn’t choose an easy life. It’s tough being a change agent particularly when you feel like you haven’t got the authority or other people don’t always want to change. Yet big change happens in health care only because of passionate people who are willing to take responsibility for change.

That’s where the School for Health and Care Radicals (SHCR) comes in. It’s an online school, free of charge, backed by the world’s largest health organisation: the English NHS. It’s a platform for health care rebels to learn together, using powerful, guided learning which also qualifies as continuing professional development. It’s more than a school — it’s a community of like-minded people across the world. By April 2016, 10,000 people from 44 countries will have taken part in the school; patients, families, students and clinical trainees, nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, support workers, researchers, teachers and managers. There are people from local government and a surprising number of police rebels in the school. Here’s a blog from citizen activist/rebel, Jon, who shows that “there is no such thing as an outsider at SHCR” http://bit.ly/1QUMQA2 and from Elissa, who describes the school as “one of the most inspiring educational experiences in my 10 years as a doctor” http://bit.ly/1P1cNeD

The school’s built on the belief that:

  • bottom up, grassroots engagement in change is as important as top down leadership of change
  • if we are to significantly improve our health care systems we must value diversity and divergence as highly as conformance and cohesion
  • We must invest resources in developing “leaders everywhere” as well as leaders of organisations and professions

Right from the start of the school, the level of engagement, enthusiasm and feedback spoke for itself. We won the global “Leaders Everywhere” challenge sponsored by Harvard Business Review and McKinsey and the school was named in “Britain’s 50 New Radicals” list by the Observer (Guardian) newspaper.

However, our views were validated through the report of the external evaluation of the SHCR from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK). This showed a statistically significant effect on every measure of impact measured at both individual and organisational level:

  • Knowledge of change and improvement
  • Sense of purpose and motivation to improve practice
  • Ability to challenge the status quo
  • Rocking the boat AND staying in it
  • Connecting with others to build support for change

The CIPD evaluators said they had never before evaluated a learning intervention where there was an impact on EVERY measure.

The SHCR is a blueprint for health care rebels across the globe

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