LSBU’s School of Health and Social Care Health Debate series kicked off with the 6Cs
30 March 2015
debate covered a set of national nursing values known as the '6Cs' – Care,
Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment. The event was
organised by Dr Elaine Maxwell, Principal Lecturer in Leadership, with Professor
Judith Ellis MBE, Chief Executive Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
chairing the debate.
"The 6Cs can improve care" was proposed by Juliet Beal, Director of Nursing
Quality Improvement and Care NHS England and Visiting Professor of Nursing at
LSBU and Sue Hartley, Director of Nursing at Birmingham and Solihull Mental
Health NHS Foundation Trust and opposed by Emeritus Professor Tony Butterworth
CBE and Stella Backhouse, nurse and founder of blog "Grumbling Appendix".
The event was
well received both with members of the audience and through followers on
Twitter who participated in a simultaneous Twitter chat using the hashtag #LSBU6Cs. Jenni Middleton, editor of the
Nursing Times, attended the debate and wrote a leader in the journal.
"This was our
first Health Debate and we are really pleased with the quality of the arguments
and the questions from the audience in the room and on Twitter," said Dr Maxwell.
"The majority of
participants recognised that although the 6Cs can enhance the set skill of health
professionals, they need to be set in the context of the underlying challenges
of healthcare delivery today. The audience appear to be saying that, taken on
their own, the 6Cs are unlikely to change behaviours and therefore ultimately
improve care. The challenge appears to be to integrate the 6Cs with other
policies that impact on healthcare professionals."
debate will be held in May and details will be available shortly. If you have
an idea for a debate please contact Dr Maxwell.