A Scottish-led initiative that focuses on what matters most to patients looks set to increase the number of national and international teams involved by 32% compared with its inaugural year of 2016.

‘What Matters To You?’ Day 2017 takes place on Tuesday 6 June. The aim of the day is to inspire people and teams that work within health and social care organisations to ask the people they care for, or support, about what’s important to them and to act on that response. The day was held for the first time in Scotland on 6 June 2016 and is spearheaded by the Improvement Hub (ihub), part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and based upon an idea previously used in Norway. Thus far there are 763 teams across the world signed up to take part, compared with 575 teams from last year.

Health and social care teams from countries as geographically diverse as Australia, Qatar, Sweden, the USA, Mexico and Ghana have signed up to take part.

The day will be comprised of events, activities, coffee mornings, conversations and poster displays, all focused on understanding what matters to people. Many of these events will be shared on social media using the hashtag #wmty17 and the Twitter account @WMTYScot.

Last year’s Twitter activity reached more than 21 million Twitter accounts worldwide, with participants sharing photos, feedback and their opinions of the day.

Speaking of the day, Ruth Glassborow, Director of Improvement Support at Healthcare improvement Scotland, said:

“Over recent years, there has been a growing movement in health and social care focused around the shift of conversations from ‘What’s the matter with you?’ to ‘What matters to you?’ The aim of this shift is to support the development of high quality compassionate support, care or treatment focused on what people really want and need.

“We’re delighted about the increased interest and involvement for this year’s event compared with last, and we hope it will encourage more meaningful conversations between those who provide care, and the people, families and carers they support.”

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For more information on Healthcare Improvement Scotland, visit: http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/