North West

Steve Flanagan


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.

RCN North West Member e-Newsletter: April 2014 Issue available to view

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 April 2014 issue (1.31 MB). [How to access pdf files]

Regional CNS Pain Group

Please note that the next meeting of the Regional CNS Pain Group (page 5 of the April 2014 e-Newsletter) on 14 May will be held at the Bury Village Hotel, BL9 7BQ and not the venue originally given in the e-Newsletter.

You can also read and download previous editions.

RCN North West needs you! Become a ‘Congress Ambassador’

We are offering RCN activists and members in the North West Region the opportunity to become closely involved in the running of Congress as a ‘Congress Ambassador’. Congress Ambassadors are the RCN’s very own ‘Games Makers’ and like  the London Olympics last year, Ambassadors play a really important part in the event.  Ambassadors are the face of Congress, welcoming members and visitors to the biggest nursing event in the country and at the same time providing invaluable support to delegates, visitors and staff. 

Congress returns to Liverpool again this year and so we want to ensure that visitors to the North West have the best experience ever – so we need to recruit as many Ambassadors as possible before June! There are many administrative tasks which go into making Congress a success. None of these are onerous, but combined, they make Congress the successful, well run event we enjoy every year. We are looking for RCN members who live locally to Liverpool to act as Ambassadors and help us with various tasks vital to its success. 

If you would like further details or are interested in becoming an Ambassador at Congress, then please register your interest by emailing Jill Lloyd, Regional Service Manager at jill.lloyd@rcn.org.uk or by completing an expression of interest form and returning it by Friday 23 May, 2014 to Jill Lloyd, Chesham House, St George’s Square, Bolton, BL1 2HB, Fax: 01204 552 444.

North West Region Practice Nurse Education Trust Fund

Calling all practice nurses in the RCN's North West region. Do you want to undertake further study or research and are you looking for funds to help you?  If so, then this fund might be just what you need.

The North West Region Practice Nurse Education Trust Fund considers applications from Practice Nurses and makes awards twice each year.  Applications for study or research must be relevant to present practice and lead to the development of personal and professional skills; learning may lead to improvement in patient management or benefit other health professionals.  The fund panel may also consider making a contribution to enable applicants attend an appropriate professional conference or study day.

All applications will be considered by a panel which includes members of the Regional Board and RCN Staff. The deadline for applications is 30 May 2014 and applicants will be notified of the panel decision by 20 June, 2014.

For further details contact Cathy O’Brien, phone: 01204 552439 or email cathy.obrien@rcn.org.uk.

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 on the following dates:

  • 22 May
  • 4 July
  • 4 November

RCN North West Region in the news

You can read recent media stories quoting the RCN North West Region here.

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 on: northwest.region@rcn.org.uk.

Steve Flanagan
North West Regional Director