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Focussing on the 6Cs of healthcare in your next job interview

They are a crucial set of values that underpin the delivery of healthcare. But while you may practice the 6Cs in your everyday role as a nurse, being able to demonstrate – and illustrate - how you apply them in a real-time setting is important too. This is important whatever specialism you work in, whether you’re looking for Mental Health nursing jobs, Learning Disability Nursing jobs, or Community Psychiatric nursing jobs.

You may wish to refer to that within your CV, but there is every chance you will be asked to go into further detail about the 6Cs during a job interview.

Vision and strategy for nursing

The 6Cs are:
  • Care
  • Compassion
  • Competence
  • Communication
  • Courage
  • Commitment.

They are a vision and strategy for nursing, midwifery and health and care staff under the compassion in practice initiative launched in December 2012 and then reviewed in 2014 to assess how the values were spreading across health and social care. Each ‘C’ is of equal weight but combine seamlessly to ensure the person being cared remains at the heart of the care they are being given.

Illustrating how you apply the 6Cs

If you are asked to demonstrate how you apply the 6Cs, think about examples where you have shown care and compassion in caring for an individual.

Perhaps that could be in the way you have shown compassions through empathy and respect when liaising with patients, or their relatives, at particularly sensitive times. You may also draw on examples where you have communicated well and explained something in an easy-to-understand way, such as when caring for an older person or someone with a learning disability.

Keep clear examples of the 6Cs in daily practice

It may be a good idea to keep examples of the 6Cs and one way to do this is draw on notes you have made as part of your revalidation process. This will also help demonstrate levels of competence and your ability to understand an individual’s health and social needs and the expertise, clinical and technical knowledge to deliver effective care.

Of course, sometimes you may need courage in your decision making, and these are occasions you may well remember vividly, but if you are applying the 6cs diligently, that will help illustrate your commitment to your role and to patients.

Confidence in applying the 6Cs

It is important you remain focussed on the 6cs but you will find you apply them naturally as part of your everyday role. However, retaining an awareness of when you are applying them will allow you to talk in detail – perhaps at a job interview - of specific 6C scenarios. You can also discuss how you have used them to help guide, and even define, your daily practice. Having examples that are readily to hand will show that you are not only prepared but also competent and confident in their application.

For further support, speak to your consultant for detailed advice on how to improve your CV and interview tips.
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