North West


From the South Lakes to South Cheshire and from Chester to the Pennines, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in the North West represents almost 50,000 members, making us the third largest region of the RCN in terms of membership numbers.

Our world is constantly changing. Health care delivery in the UK has undergone massive reorganisation, and even within the RCN we are facing the challenge of change, as we seek to revitalise our branches and to integrate our activities as a professional trade union.

Against this background it is important we are open and transparent about what we are doing for members; and members can play an active part in influencing those changes that affect them.

That's why this website is key in communicating with members and the public. You can find all you need to know about the RCN team in the regional office in Bolton, as well as your regional board and your local RCN branch. You'll also find up to date local and regional news, information about events, as well as matters of interest to you as both a professional and employee.

What if...? - the RCN's campaign for fair pay in the NHS

North West Week of Action - 1 to 5 September

RCN North West will begin a 'Week of Action' starting on Monday 1 September to raise awareness of our campaign for fair pay. Come along and meet staff from the RCN North West office, discuss your concerns around pay, and make your voice heard! Find out more about the Week of Action.

TUC march and rally in London on 18 October 

The RCN will be taking part in a major pay protest in central London on Saturday 18 October. The rally is being organised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and all the major trade unions will be taking part.

RCN North West is organising free return coach travel to London for members. If you're interested in attending the march and would like to reserve a place on an RCN coach departing from Liverpool or Manchester, then contact the RCN North West Regional Office, email northwest.region@rcn.org.uk by 12 September.

Please ensure that you say which coach you want to reserve a seat on, ie: either (a) Liverpool or (b) Manchester.  All timings and coach departure points are subject to final confirmation.  

In June, the RCN and other trade unions supported the NHS national Day of Action, where we publicly voiced our feelings about the latest government decision on pay. Thank you to all of those of you who joined us at one of our North West events and showed your support.

HCA and AP Conference, 5 September 2014 - Postponed

The HCA and AP Conference due to take place on 5 September has unfortunately now been postponed until 6 February 2015. Come along to a free update event specifically for Health Care Assistants and Assistant Practitioners in the North West. The day will cover important topics including the Francis Report and Cavendish Review; Care Certificates and much more.

For more information and to book your place please email Karen Hughes, email karen.hughes@rcn.org.uk.

Special event with Andy Burnham MP

The RCN East Lancashire branch is hosting a very special event which is open to all RCN members in the North West.

Andy Burnham, MP for Leigh and the Shadow Health Secretary will be attending their next meeting to talk about and answer questions on health policy.

  • Date: 17 September 2014 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Venue:  Leigh Sports Village, Leigh Stadium, Sale Way, Leigh WN7 4JY    

This is a great opportunity, so please come along, get involved and have your say. This is event is open to all RCN members in the North West but places are limited. To reserve your place(s) please contact Yvonne McCartney, email Yvonne.mccartney@rcn.org.uk. Admission is strictly by ticket only.

Summer e-newsletter out now

RCN North West has created a regional Member e-Newsletter, designed to keep members in the North West up to date with what's happening locally.  The e-newsletter has lots of interesting features about what's going on, from across the independent and NHS healthcare sectors, as well as current news and events from across the North West. 

Read the summer issue (PDF 2.9MB)

You can also read and download previous e-newsletters.

North West Regional Conference: 27 Nov 2014 - book online now

The North West Regional Conference, ‘Managing Health & Wellbeing in times of national stress’ will take place on 27 November.

This year’s conference will address the challenges facing organisations and the NHS in the current climate, staff wellbeing, and what staff can do when under pressure.day will close with a laughter therapy session.

Book your place online today

North West Regional Board

The North West Regional Board plays an important role advising and supporting the regional director on matters of interest to the RCN across the region. Board members are elected to represent the regional membership. Find out more about its work and download minutes from previous meetings. 

Members and activists are always welcome to come along to Board meetings as observers.  If you would like to attend or get more details then please contact Jill Lloyd, email jill.lloyd@rcn.org.uk

The North West Board is due to meet next on 4 November 2014. 

RCN North West Region in the news

Read recent media stories quoting the RCN North West Region.

Contact us

RCN North West is committed to providing members with a first class service as we seek to deliver the RCN's mission of 'representing nurses and nursing, promoting excellence in practice and shaping health policy'.

I trust you find the North West section useful. And don't forget to let us have your views about our service by emailing our office, email northwest.region@rcn.org.uk.

Estephanie Dunn

North West Regional Director