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Dec

Greater need for “compassion”


Jane Cummings, England's chief nursing officer has stirred up debate after telling the BBC that greater emphasis must be placed on nurses providing compassionate care in hospitals.

Jane Cummings, England's chief nursing officer has stirred up debate after telling the BBC that greater emphasis must be placed on nurses providing compassionate care in hospitals.

Her comments follow the Department of Health’s (DH) announcement of a new three-year programme aimed at building a culture of compassionate care for nursing, midwifery and care staff.

The DH said: “Called Compassion in Practice, the vision is based around six values – care,compassion, courage, communication, competence and commitment. The vision aims to embed these values, known as the Six C’s, in all nursing, midwifery and care-giving settings throughout the NHS and social care to improve care for patients.”

Cummings’ consulted about 9,000 nurses, midwives, care staff and patients in drawing up the vision for this new campaign.

On the BBC’s Today programme on Tuesday she said: “There is poor care, sometimes very poor. Such poor care is a betrayal of what we all stand for."

The programme is designed to change this by motivating nurses and other care staff to take a more caring and compassionate role rather than treat their work with a verytask-oriented approach.
Cummings said: “The actions we are setting out – developed with nurses, midwives and care staff – can change the way we work, transform the care of our patients and ensure we deliver a culture of compassionate care.

“We must seize this opportunity to create a future where people are treated with compassion, dignity and respect by skilled staff who have the competence and time to care.”

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