Message from Director and Board Chair
South West Regional Board
The RCN South West, one of nine RCN geographical regions in England, covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol and Gloucestershire.
As the local face of the RCN, our staff and workplace representatives support both nurses and nursing across the whole of this large geographical area, working proactively to improve services in response to members' needs and the impact of government policy that is changing the face of the NHS.
Our work involves commenting on consultation and proposals, as well as active negotiations on behalf of our members. To ensure that nursing is prominent in the future NHS, we offer leadership and other training.
On 18 October RCN South West members joined colleagues from across England marching through the streets of London to demand fair pay. This issue does not only affects those of you employed by the NHS; the ongoing erosion of pay, terms and conditions will be reflected in the independent sector, where many organisations are already refusing to honour even this year's inadequate pay award. Read more about the march.
Influencing the political agenda
We ensure that the RCN's Council and Chief Executive & General Secretary are informed of the reality for members working in the NHS and independent sector. This information supports their roles in influencing government policy and lobbying. Additionally, we influence the political agenda by talking to MPs and councillors, as well as trusts and independent sector employers in the region.
We are committed to a robust programme of training and support for our workplace representatives, who have the difficult job of balancing RCN work with their 'day jobs'. Our volunteers undertake a huge range of roles, including branch executive members, stewards and forum representatives. They are integral to every aspect of our work.
The RCN board
Our board, made up of fields of practice and branch representatives, work closely with RCN staff, with individuals acting as board champions on each of the groups that manage the operational plan. These groups cover all that we do now and all we aim to do in the future. Read more on the regional board pages.