NHS student nurse launches charity song to support cancer care and promote compassion in healthcare

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12 / 5 / 2014 11.25am

Samuel McPhail, a student nurse at the University of Bradford, has today launched a music single to raise money for the Yorkshire Cancer Care charity.

It will also promote the ‘6Cs’ of quality healthcare – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

The launch coincides with International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale’s birthday on 12 May – a time to reflect on decades of professionalism in nursing and a renewed focus on compassion in every instance of care.
The Care Makers Song is being released on Itunes and promoted through social media (Twitter: @nhsemployers, @CareMakersUK; Facebook: Facebook: CareMakersUK). All proceedings will go to his chosen Yorkshire Cancer Care charity which is also supported by another proponent of the 6Cs – Dr Kate Granger. Dr Granger’s #hellomynameis campaign has spread throughout the NHS and promotes the importance of clinical staff introducing themselves to patients at each contact.

Dr Granger has terminal cancer but continues to work as an elderly medicine registrar. She  started a campaign on Twitter asking NHS staff to make a pledge to introduce themselves in future to their patients
Samuel’s catchy song was produced at no cost with the assistance of NHS Employers, NHS England  and  Jonathan Wright - a professional composer and film maker who volunteered his time as thanks for the compassionate care he received following a heart attack last Christmas.
Samuel is one of over 1,000 ‘Care Makers’ - NHS staff who volunteer to promote and embody the 6Cs laid down in NHS England’s Compassion in Practice three-year strategy in December 2012. The Care Makers programme is run by NHS Employers with NHS England and began expanding beyond nursing into medicine and other areas in March this year.
Samuel McPhail said:
“This came about by accident and I can hardly believe how it’s grown. It began as a rhyme I’d invented to help me remember the 6Cs, then it became a song. You could say I got ‘talent-spotted’ while using it in a meeting!
“This really comes from the heart as both my young niece and the song’s producer Jonathan were treated for life-threatening illnesses. We and our families are indebted to NHS staff for giving compassionate, personal care at a time when we felt most vulnerable.
“NHS staff do great work but the days can be busy and challenging, so it’s important to remind ourselves of the personal touches and strong values that make care great. Here’s where the roles of the Care Maker and Compassion in Practice really count. If this song helps to raise money for the Yorkshire Cancer Trust charity, for which Dr Kate Granger supports and raises money, it will be great. And it can only be a good thing if it also helps people to consider how they give care or the kind of care they’d want to receive.”
“My first passion is always nursing and my focus is on doing well in my exams, but I won’t grumble if I get good musical reviews too!”
Jonathan Wright said:
“I felt scared and vulnerable when I had my heart attack before Christmas last year. Fantastic, attentive NHS care got me ship-shape again, psychologically and physically. That’s why I leapt at the chance to help when I learned, through friends at NHS Employers, that there was a chance to promote those important values through a song. I used my technical skills to add choir, orchestra and quality sound to the song and I was also able to swiftly arrange things like placing it on iTunes.”
Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said:

“This song celebrates what goes into compassionate care and the important role that Care Makers play in living the 6Cs. I launched the 6Cs and the Care Makers programme in December 2012, and it has been an encouragement and a privilege to see so many examples of the enthusiasm Care Makers have for demonstrating compassion. It is appropriate that the song is being released on International Nurses Day, so that anyone listening to it can take a moment to think of what great nursing is all about. Nursing roles have changed and expanded dramatically over the years, but compassionate care has always been at the heart of a nurse’s role.”
Karen Charman, director of engagement at the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“People are being vocal about the importance of the 6Cs but Samuel’s taken that to the next level - or octave! Samuel’s song isn’t a mere stunt – he’s been a Care Maker since the beginning and puts as much ‘heart and soul’ into nursing as he does into his music.
“Unexpected gems like Samuel’s song are a small but useful complement to ongoing work that’s driving-up professional standards in the NHS. Compassion, courage and the other 6Cs are important and anything that focuses attention on them – even a song – can help cement their place in everyday care.”
Notes for editors:

• Journalists wishing to listen can go to: https://soundcloud.com/nhsemployers/care-maker-song-the-6-cs
• See www.nhsemployers.org/caremakers for more information.
• The NHS Employers organisation is the recognised body for employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first. See www.nhsemployers.org for more information.
• Follow NHS Employers on Twitter at @nhsemployers or follow Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, at @NHSE_Dean.
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