Manchester Central Branch


Welcome to the Manchester Central Branch of the RCN. The branch covers all members working in the Manchester, Trafford and Salford areas of Greater Manchester. With a membership of over 11,000 nurses, assistant practitioners, health care support workers and students, we are the biggest branch in the UK.

As a relatively new branch, we want to develop nursing networks and information structures not just for those who work for large NHS employers within the branch, but also for members who work in the independent and voluntary sectors, in GP practices, and in education. This will enable the branch to become influential within Greater Manchester in discussing and developing the health care agendas within the cities. 

We have already helped to prepare the RCN response to the congestion charge in Greater Manchester, in consultation with those members affected, who helped us to decide to oppose the proposals.

The branch meets formally four times a year, with smaller workplace and interest meetings taking place as members request them.

Branch Executive

Regional office Support

  • RCN Senior Officer: Maria Bryant
  • RCN Officers: Belinda Whitehead and Joanne Heyworth
  • Patch Administrator: Chris Moores
  • Email: christine.moores@rcn.org.uk
  • Tel: 01204 552433

Branch representatives

  • Steward and Safety Representative (Rep): Jayne Greenop
    Employer: Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT)
    Email: jayne.greenop@cmft.nhs.uk 
  • Steward: Mary Dawber
    Employer: The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
    Email: mary.dawber@christie.nhs.uk or dawbers5@btinternet.com
  • Steward and Safety Representative: Cath Leach (also UK Steward for the North West)
    Employer: The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
    Email: catherine.leach@christie.nhs.uk
  • Safety Representative: Catriona Forsyth (also UK Safety Representative for the North West)
    Employer: Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT)
    Email: cat.forsyth@srft.nhs.uk  
  • Steward: Lesley O'Neill
    Employer: Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
    Email: leslie.oneill@gmw.nhs.uk
  • Steward: Monica Weir
    Employer:  Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust
    Email:  mweir@nhs.net 

Workplaces covered by the branch

  • Central Manchester University Hospitals (CMFT) NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) NHS Foundation Trust
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT)
  • Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust
  • Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Manchester
  • NHS Trafford
  • NHS Salford
  • Bridgewater Community Health
  • Forest Bank Prison
  • Manchester Prison
  • University of Salford
  • University of Manchester
  • Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
  • South Manchester CCG
  • North Manchester CCG
  • Central Manchester CCG
  • Salford CCG
  • Trafford CCG
  • Greater Manchester LAT

Regional board link

Each branch has a member of the regional board who links in with them to keep them informed about Board activities and provides an effective route for feeding branch information back to the Board. The regional board links for the Manchester Central Branch are Claire Chatterton and Hamish Kemp, and they can be contacted by email at c.s.chatterton@open.ac.uk and Hamish.Kemp@rcn.org.uk

Branch Meetings  


  • Wednesday 14 January 2015; 5pm at Ronald McDonalds House, CMFT site

Branch Events 

  • Practice Nurse Conference - Thursday 20 November; Bolton Arena, Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6LB; 9am-4pm. Chaired by Greater Manchester Branch Secretary Victoria Fletcher-Simm & supported by
    Senior RCN Officer Janine Dyson. For more information, please contact Sam Kay - sam.kay@rcn.org.uk