The 6Cs

In the development of Leading Change, Adding Value: a framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff, we found overwhelming support for the 6Cs to remain as the foundation of our value base.

The 6Cs were originally identified in Compassion in Practice.

  1. Care
  2. Compassion
  3. Competence
  4. Communication
  5. Courage
  6. Commitment

Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, England stated in Compassion in Practice, Evidencing the Impact (2016) that:

“The Compassion in Practice Strategy provided a framework for our activities over the last three years, rebuilding public confidence and reaffirming pride in our profession. It also was important that during this final year we began to look to the future, and the direction of travel beyond the end of the strategy so that nurses, midwives and care staff could begin to frame their own agenda proactively from April 2016.

To that end we also asked you during this year to tell us what hadn’t worked so well during the last few years and how we could improve in future? Your responses and recommendations amounted to over 11,000 different types of data and information given at conferences, congress, online, social media, discussion groups, email and via live academic debates.

I thank you for taking the time to comment, reflect and to challenge and the positive way in which you engaged with the future agenda for nursing, midwifery and care staff. Your contributions were invaluable in helping to create and shape the dialogue around whether we should have a follow-on strategy and what our approach should look like beyond Compassion in Practice. However, what has been most evident over the lifetime of the strategy, and is captured in this report, is how nurses, midwives and care staff continue to go above and beyond their duties to deliver high quality compassionate care and take very seriously their contributions to shaping the care agenda.

2016 sees the end of the Compassion in Practice strategy but with your help, its legacy and the learning gained from it has already helped to shape the new framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff in England which is called Leading Change,  Adding Value. I am excited about what the new framework will help us to achieve in the coming years”.

Therefore with the launch of Leading Change, Adding Value with its own web pages we have now closed the 6Cs Live! Communication Hub, and we want to thank everyone for their support and commitment in embedding the 6Cs in to the heart of everything we do.

The legacy information of the 6Cs Live Communications Hub is available on the National Archives website.

The evaluation reports on Compassion in Practice can be accessed on the downloads page.