Welcome from Karen Webb, RCN Regional Director for the Eastern Region.
RCN What if? pay campaign
The Government in Westminster has decided NHS staff in England don't deserve a proper pay rise. That's outrageous and unfair when the independent Pay Review Body recommended that nursing staff should get a one per cent cost of living rise. Last year the Government even said that was affordable.
Instead of the recommended one per cent pay rise for all NHS staff on Agenda for Change, the Government plans to offer one per cent only to those NHS staff at the top of their pay scales. However this will be non consolidated – which means it's for one year only. It will not stay in your salary after this year and it is not pensionable, nor will it count towards unsocial hours or overtime payments.
Staff below the top incremental point will not get a one per cent cost of living rise, but depending on their employer’s policy they may be able to move up to the next increment.
This is an issue not only for those of you employed by the NHS as the continued erosion to pay terms and conditions will be reflected in the independent sector, where many organisations are already refusing to honour even this inadequate pay settlement. It is time to stand together and protect the pay and terms and conditions of nursing staff.
You can get involved by:
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
Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 0345 772 6100 Fax: 01284 717737
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.