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Derby Hospitals gains country's first non-nursing Care Maker

Published 21/03/2014

A physiotherapist from the Royal Derby Hospital has become the country’s first non-nursing staff member to become a Care Maker.

Chris Walker decided to join up to the voluntary Care Maker programme to encourage the students he works with in his role to embody compassionate care in their work.

The programme was set up by the NHS following the London 2012 Olympics to embrace the spirit of the games, learning from the energy and enthusiasm of the Games Makers.

Care Makers are volunteers who promote the values outlined in NHS England’s Compassion in Nursing strategy: the six Cs of care, competence, compassion, communication, courage and commitment.

They attend healthcare events and go into care homes and hospitals to act as ambassadors, promoting compassionate care.

More than two dozen staff, from doctors and nurses to midwives are now Care Makers at Derby Hospitals.

And when 29-year-old Chris signed up, he became the country’s first allied health professional staff Care Maker. Allied health professions are distinct from nursing, medicine and pharmacy, involving diagnostic, technical and therapeutic roles.

He said: “For two days a week I am a physiotherapist working in amputee rehabilitation and for the other three days I work with students, facilitating their training placements in allied health professions like occupational health.

“When I heard about the Care Maker scheme I knew I wanted to apply because I could see how I could promote compassionate care to students in my daily work and encourage them to join up to the scheme.

“When I was first interested in becoming a Care Maker, I wasn’t even sure non-nursing staff could apply so I want to convey the fact that healthcare staff right across the board can sign up to what is a really rewarding role.”

Last Modified 21/03/2014