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International Day of the Midwife - a small gesture, creating a 6Cs lifetime memory

Kathy Murphy, Head of Midwifery at Saint Mary's Hospital and midwife Elaine Richmond will be marking International Day of the Midwife in a special way this year - by taking part in a national webinar.

On 6th May they will be joining Birte Harlev-Lam from NHS England and local parent Rick Bolton who has recently shared his experiences about the 6Cs of nursing via his blogs to tell his family's story.

The 6Cs are the values and behaviours of Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment. The 6Cs were launched in December 2012 as part of Compassion in Practice, the Vision and Strategy for Nurses, MidwivesMidwives award and Care Staff, as the values and behaviours essential to the delivery of high quality compassionate care.

Rick's son Isaac, now aged 3, has been a patient at Saint Mary's since before birth, when he was referred to the Foetal Medicine Unit at 26 weeks. The journey that their family has been on as a result of Isaac's condition has been documented through Rick's blogs and website, and was recently highlighted at the NHS Expo in March, which Rick attended as a guest of Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England.

Saint Mary's midwife Elaine Richmond was instrumental in the care of Isaac and his family, and as such was part of a team nominated for a Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care at the NHS Expo.

As a result of Elaine's 'compassion in practice', she has been given the fantastic opportunity to help Rick share his story from her professional perspective as a midwife.

Kathy Murphy will follow by discussing the Trust's values and how Central Manchester Hospitals use them to harness our approach of care and compassion within the organisation.

The webinar is hoped to reach a large audience, both across the country and professionally, and take place between 11am-12pm on Tuesday May 6th.

This is the first in a series of webinars, which will celebrate and highlight the wide context in which care is delivered by nurses, midwives and care staff.