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6Cs and mental health

Could Zumba classes really help nurses uphold the principles of compassionate care in the face of aggression?

Could Zumba classes really help nurses uphold the principles of compassionate care in the face of aggression?

Last year NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens revealed a new strategy to help reduce stress and improve the health of NHS staff which included free Zumba classes. Mr Stevens acknowledged that the health and wellbeing of NHS staff has an effect on patients, and that NHS staff experience high levels of stress and violence (BBC News 2015).

It got me thinking about how the Compassion in Practice 6Cs strategy fits in with an overstretched workforce. Launched in 2012, the 6Cs had noble sentiments: who would not want to practise with care, compassion, courage, commitment, competence, and communication?

But how easy is it for staff to uphold the 6Cs at those crucial moments when a patient is being physically abusive, or when patients demand attention and paperwork seems to be

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