18 / 11 / 2013 11.34am
Nearly 100 new Care Makers converged on Leeds on 23 October, to hear more about being a Care Maker and to be welcomed to the Care Maker family.
The event focused on giving our new Care Makers the tools to understand fully what it means to be a Care Maker. The emphasis was to be able to identify the tactics for success, support and connection with the newly appointed regional coordinators, and to set out plans for the future of the Care Maker programme.
Being a Care Maker is about having a positive voice within the healthcare sector; challenging poor practice and championing the good through compassionate practice and bringing ideas to action. Care Makers were inspired to become disruptive innovators, boat rockers, team builders, connectors and mentors for others. Rocking the boat and staying in it was a key message from our welcome event. "Do as I do, not do as I say" was a quote from the event that helped our new Care Makers focus on what their new role means in practice.
With twitter and Facebook having fast become a staple means of communication and support for our growing family of Care Makers, it's no surprise that there was massive support on social media throughout the event. Ideas around appropriate use, as well as the dos and don'ts of social media were discussed, and Care Makers were given a clear message around how to spread the word in a positive and encouraging way.
We were delighted to be joined by Jane Cummings, Chief Nurse Officer for England, who described a very personal and emotional experience that reaffirmed her commitment and passion for the role of the Care Makers and the programme. Cohort 3 were inspired to tell their own life story, to always remember their roots and how important patient care is and what compassion truly means.
Jenni Middleton, editor of the Nursing Times, joined Helene Donnally and Roger Kline to discuss raising concerns with our regional coordinators: a subject that is right at the heart of healthcare and the Care Maker agenda. This gave rise to a renewed enthusiasm and focus for our Care Makers in standing up and speaking out for patients and service users when things go wrong.
Finishing our day, the Care Makers together sang Take That's hit song 'Never Forget' on stage with Jane Cummings. A sight and sound that we will most certainly never forget!