Student Midwife Visits Downing Street to Promote Healthcare Message

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A student midwife from the University of Worcester was part of a small group of current and future health professionals to visit 10 Downing Street recently.

Beth Henderson, who is in the second year of her Midwifery degree, attended a meeting with Nick Seddon, Health and Care Advisor to the Prime Minister, and Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England; in her role as a Care Maker.

Care Makers are ambassadors for the ‘6Cs’ – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment – within healthcare, and aim to spread this message throughout the NHS.

Beth explains: “I have been a Care Maker for just under a year. The role entails promoting the 6Cs where possible, implementing change where needed and applying the principles to my learning to ensure I can use it in my practice whilst training and when qualified.”

A group of 14 Care Makers made the trip to Downing Street in mid-January, and were invited to share their ideas and insights into the programme, and how related aspects of the NHS could continue to develop and improve.

Beth continues: “The meeting came about after some Care Makers had attended a reception at number 10 Downing Street. David Cameron had met a group of Care Makers, and Nick Seddon was keen to invite some more along to share their ideas and experiences.

“During the meeting, we were able to discuss challenges that we have come up against and improvements that we feel could be made to overcome them. I think that the Government representatives were interested to gain an insight into those challenges faced by healthcare professionals who are just starting their journey in the NHS.”

Beth was the only student midwife in the group, and Jenny Edwins, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Worcester, says that Beth’s role as a Care Maker reflects her commitment and dedication to the profession.

“Beth is a very thoughtful individual who clearly wants to ensure that women receive the best care possible. She also works hard to support her peers and is actively involved in the University’s Midwifery society.

“Wherever she goes, Beth is a fantastic ambassador for the University and the BSc Midwifery course,” she says.

Beth, who will be required to re-pledge her commitment to the Care Maker role every year, says that the experience so far has helped to give her a different perspective on the delivery of healthcare.

She adds: “I feel that I have always used the 6Cs, since becoming a Care Maker I now look at a bigger picture, particularly focusing on how my actions in a professional environment make others feel.

“This is not just the people I care for, but my colleagues and peers too. I feel that ensuring that the 6 Cs are at the forefront of people’s minds will definitely bring about positive change within the NHS.

“The programme has already succeeded in promoting respectful atmospheres within teams, and can help immensely in maintaining and improving the good care provided to service users.”