About the Care Maker programme

Caremakers Jane Cummings

13 / 10 / 2014 00:00 AM


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

Care Makers 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.

Why was the network created?

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

  • To represent 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 students and staff at all levels and disciplines.

The role of a Care Maker

  • Care Makers are ambassadors for the 6Cs (Care, Compassion, Commitment, Courage, Communication and Competence).
  • They inspire people – students, health care assistants, qualified staff and allied health professionals of all levels and disciplines.
  • They practice excellent person centred care.
  • They encourage others to emulate their best practice by embodying the essence of the 6Cs in everyday life at work.
  • They have a part to play in helping transform the NHS and its culture.
  • They are creative – they use different channels including social media to connect the hearts and minds of our sector, engage and inspire. 
  • They volunteer at events - visit universities, trusts, hospitals and others venues spreading the word about the Care Makers programme, Compassion in Practice and the 6Cs.
  • They are diverse – by ensuring there are no boundaries to care within ethnicity, background, range of experiences and opinions.

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.

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