Song about ‘six Cs’ of healthcare by Leeds student nurse hits the right notes

Samuel McPhail
Samuel McPhail
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A student nurse has shown his commitment to caring for patients with compassion – with a self-penned song.

Samuel McPhail’s composition has now been released to buy, with proceeds going towards fundraising by Dr Kate Granger, the terminally ill Leeds doctor promoting better communication from health workers.

Samuel, from Guiseley, Leeds, originally came up with the song to remember the so-called six Cs of healthcare – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

Now the song has been professionally recorded and a video made, with it raising money for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.

The 32-year-old said he was delighted the song was raising awareness and supporting such a worthwhile charity: “If this song helps people to consider how they give care, or the kind of care they’d want to receive, then this can only be a good thing.”

The student nurse at the University of Bradford is one of 1,000 ‘Care Makers’ – NHS staff who volunteer to promote the six Cs through a programme run by NHS Employers with NHS England.

He was playing around on his piano when he originally set his rhyme to music, then made a video which he put on Twitter. Months later he mentioned the tune in a meeting – and The Care Maker’s Song was born.

Thanks to Jonathan Wright, a composer who wanted to support the campaign after suffering a heart attack, the song was recorded with choral and orchestral backing.

Samuel added: “This came about by accident and I can hardly believe how it’s grown.”


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