St Mary’s College Mission
“Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength and love your neighbour as you love yourself”
SM6 exists to help parents and carers educate young people spiritually, morally, socially and culturally.
We want our students to enjoy their learning and to rise to the challenge, aim high and reap the rewards of
success. We think that our mission is well aligned to NHS Values and we are confident that our pastoral care
promotes an ethos that will prepare our students to take these values forward into the world of work.
The NHS was created out of the ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. When it
was launched on July 5 1948, it was based on three core principles:
• that it meet the needs of everyone
• that it be free at the point of delivery
• that it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay
These three principles have guided the development of the NHS over more than 60 years and remain at its core.
NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS. The
NHS Constitution published in 2015 identified 6 main values:
Working together for patients
Patients come first in everything we do. We fully involve patients, staff, families, carers, communities, and professionals
inside and outside the NHS. We put the needs of patients and communities before organisational boundaries. We speak up when things go wrong.
Respect and dignity
We value every person – whether patient, their families or carers, or staff – as an individual, respect their aspirations and
commitments in life, and seek to understand their priorities, needs, abilities and limits. We take what others have to say seriously.
We are honest and open about our point of view and what we can and cannot do.
Commitment to quality of care
We earn the trust placed in us by insisting on quality and striving to get the basics of quality of care – safety,
effectiveness and patient experience – right every time. We encourage and welcome feedback from patients,
families, carers, staff and the public. We use this to improve the care we provide and build on our successes.
We ensure that compassion is central to the care we provide and respond with humanity and kindness to each
person’s pain, distress, anxiety or need. We search for the things we can do, however small, to give comfort and
relieve suffering. We find time for patients, their families and carers, as well as those we work alongside. We do
not wait to be asked, because we care.
We strive to improve health and wellbeing and people’s experiences of the NHS. We cherish excellence
and professionalism wherever we find it – in the everyday things that make people’s lives better as much as in
clinical practice, service improvements and innovation. We recognise that all have a part to play in making ourselves,
patients and our communities healthier.
We maximise our resources for the benefit of the whole community, and make sure nobody is excluded,
discriminated against or left behind. We accept that some people need more help, that difficult decisions have
to be taken – and that when we waste resources we waste opportunities for others.