From this month the “6Cs” nursing values are being rolled out to the entire NHS workforce.
As revealed by Nursing Times in April, health officials want the set of core nursing values extended to all staff working in the NHS in England, from hospital porters to doctors to trust chief executives.
The 6Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment – reflect values and behaviours deemed essential by NHS England to the delivery of high quality compassionate care by nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.
They were launched 18 months ago as part of the chief nursing officer for England’s national nursing strategy Compassion in Practice.
Senior nurses, including CNO Jane Cummings and NHS England director of nursing Hilary Garratt, helped promote the 6Cs nursing values to the rest of NHS workforce at a special event held on Friday. The event – titled The 6Cs are for everyone – was held in Westminster.
Other speakers included Jacqueline Gladwin, principal lecturer from the nursing department at Manchester Metropolitan University and Suzie Loader, a nurse advisor to the Shape of Caring review into education and training standards.
NHS England said the event was “designed to inspire and encourage thought and discussion around improving the quality of care delivered and experienced”.