Eastern region

Welcome from Karen Webb, RCN Regional Director for the Eastern Region.


RCN What if? pay campaign 

We’ve launched a new phase of our national ‘What if?’ campaign to secure fair pay for nursing staff. Over the past five years nursing staff have cared for record numbers of patients through the most disruptive reorganisation in NHS history and in the face of huge workforce cuts.

Nurses and healthcare assistants work long and stressful days with very few taking their breaks and most having to work far beyond their contracted hours without recompense.

At selected trusts/hospitals in the English regions and Northern Ireland, RCN members will now be claiming for the actual hours they work, and seeking to have their contractual rights met.

These are:

  • East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Weston Area Health NHS Trust
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tameside NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Click the link below to see what you can do, and how you can claim.

What you can do, and how you can claim

Pressures on clinical practice

Whatever your clinical specialty, we would like to hear from you about the issues that matter to you, and work with you to ensure the best care for patients. Recently the RCN has strongly advised that the Care Quality Commission inspectorate take account of skill mix and staffing levels alongside other factors. As nurses and health practitioners, we have been bruised by a number of terrible reports and exposures of poor practice.

We want the best for our patients, and we want safe and supportive clinical leadership and management for ourselves. We know that in almost every area of clinical practice the client group is becoming more elderly and frail. This group of patients need more time from us, more skilled assessment of their needs and more staff with better levels of understanding of complex care to be able to meet their needs with competence, compassion, care and dignity. Here at the RCN Eastern region we want to know if you feel that your clinical establishment is not good enough, and if you find that your staff are constantly taken away from you to cover other areas and not back-filled when your patients need your skills.

The value of RCN representatives

Here in the Eastern region we value our local accredited RCN representatives. Every representative - steward, safety rep or learning rep has access to monthly development and supervision support from staff, and every accredited representative supporting a member at an investigatory, disciplinary, grievance or health meeting, providing learning and development opportunities, investigating a slip, trip, assault or injury is vital to the RCN. But RCN representatives are not just vital to us - directors of nursing, directors of human resources and chief executives here in the Eastern region say that RCN accredited representatives are vital to their organisations too. Without local volunteer RCN activists to support their trusts and care facilities, clinics and companies, solutions take longer to achieve, which takes us back to the fundamental issues - time, money and care.

Why not think about becoming an accredited representative and helping RCN members and your own organisation to provide the best care for patients and the best environment in which to provide it? If you would like to become a rep, please contact the regional office as below. 

Telephone 0345 772 6100 to contact the Eastern Region, 8:30am to 8.30pm, 7 days a week

Go to RCN Direct online www.rcn.org.uk/direct for advice and information.

Royal College of Nursing
Eastern Region
Abbotsgate House
Hollow Road
Bury St Edmunds
IP32 7AU

Tel: 0345 772 6100     Fax: 01284 717737
Email: eastern.region@rcn.org.uk

If you need to visit the the Eastern region office, based in Bury St Edmunds, here are the directions and location (Word 211KB).

Our regional e-newsletter

RCN Eastern has its own e-newsletter to keep you up to date with what's happening across our region. To read the latest edition of the e-newsletter, please visit the Eastern region e-newsletter page. 

Join the RCN

If you want to join the RCN, you can get information about full membership, health care assistant membership or student or retired membership, from the Benefits of membership section. You can also join online using MyRCN.