Published: 27 November 2013

Surrey students become national nursing ambassadors

Students on our Adult Nursing programme have been selected for the NHS Care Makers scheme, a pioneering project to promote nursing’s core values and improve patient-centred compassionate care.

The national NHS scheme was established to translate the legacy of the Games Makers from the London 2012 Olympics into nursing. Care Makers’ primary role is to act as ambassadors for 'Compassion in Practice' and nursing’s core values – the 6Cs: Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage, Commitment — to bridge the gap between national nursing policy and those working on the frontline.

Deb Gatward, who is in the third year of our BSc Adult Nursing programme, successfully applied to be one of the first Care Makers. As part of her voluntary role she attended the Chief Nursing Officer’s Conference in 2012 where the concept of Care Makers was first introduced.

She said: “My role as a Care Maker at the conference provided me with some great experiences, I met some strong role models and got a taste of the passion that so many people have for their profession. I have been able to give my cohort at Surrey an overview of the 6Cs and have spoken to new students about framing their professional lives around the 6Cs and what that can mean.

“I see my role very much as an ambassador and publicist for the constantly developing and maturing Care Maker movement, and I have met some great people as a result of getting involved.”

Carol Bennet, another third year student at Surrey, became a Care Maker this October.

Carol said: “I’m looking forward to my Care Maker role and to promoting the important concept of the 6Cs. It’s a really exciting project to be involved with.”


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