About the Care Maker programme

Caremakers Jane Cummings


The first cohort of 55 Care Makers were recruited prior to the Chief Nursing Officer's Conference in 2012.  They were able to learn about the national vision and strategy and commit to supporting frontline implementation and delivery through the promotion of the new vision ‘Compassion in Practice’ and the 6Cs associated with that vision.

They are ambassadors for the 6Cs, creating a unique link between this national policy and strategy to the frontline. The aim is to capture the ‘spirit’ of London 2012, learning from the way Games Makers were recruited, trained and valued and  instilling the spirit of energy and enthusiasm they created. Watch a short film with Lord Coe talking about Care Makers.

The principles for the creation of this vibrant National Care Maker Network are:

  • To reflect the spread of the whole of the NHS – individuals from all parts of England and all care settings
  • To inspire young people – the first cohorts to be from student and first year nurses and midwives
  • A shared purpose – to transform the NHS culture in nursing, midwifery and care staff
  • Creativity – using social media and social movement expertise
  • Diversity – ensuring representation from different ethnicities, backgrounds, range of experiences and opinions
  • To provide an amazing opportunity for individuals who will be exposed to a wide variety of experiences, activities, and people across the NHS.

Initially aimed at student and newly qualified staff, the Care Maker programme is now open to staff at all levels.

Watch a short film about the 6Cs

This short film introduces Compassion in Practice, the new vision for nurses, midwives and care staff and provides an overview of the 6Cs. It was first show during the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s Conference in November 2012. Watch it by clicking the link below.

Caremakers compassion in practice

The 6Cs defined

As ambassadors for Compassion in Practice, Care Makers must demonstrate and advocate the 6Cs in their practice and in their own personal beliefs. These definitions of the 6Cs will help understand how they may be applied.

Caremakers event: welcome group

Meet the Care Makers

Meet our Care Makers, read about their experiences as a Care Maker and how they are promoting the 6Cs across the NHS.

Caremakers Excel event

Putting the 6Cs into action - your examples

Being a Care Maker is about being compassionate in your practice, applying the 6Cs in everything you do and making a difference to people’s lives each and every day. Below are some examples from Care Makers of where they have put the 6Cs into action.

Related News

Changes to the Care Makers recruitment process

The recruitment process for the programme will now take place twice a year, find out when the next intake will be.

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Care Maker welcome events autumn 2014

Are you a new Care Maker? If so make sure you have registered for one of our autumn Care Maker Welcome Conferences.

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