RCN Yorkshire & The Humber
Welcome to the RCN Yorkshire & The Humber region web pages.
The RCN Yorkshire & The Humber region represents some 32,000 nurses, health care assistants, nursing students and midwives across North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. Members work in a wide range of health care settings, both in the independent sector and in the NHS.
As the local face of the RCN, workplace representatives and our staff represent members of the nursing team and nursing, promote excellence in practice and shape health policies. Find out more about RCN Yorkshire & the Humber.
Care Plus Group, North East Lincolnshire
The RCN is strongly opposing moves by the Care Plus Group to impose new terms and conditions on staff employed by the social care organisation. The Care Plus Group is proposing to make staff redundant and subsequently re-engage them on a new employment contract with worse terms and conditions. This is part of the organisations’ plans to save £900k in 2013/14. The organisation issued a formal Section 188 letter and HR1 form to local trade unions on 9 April giving advance notification of 708 staff redundancies. In response, Regional Director for the Royal College of Nursing in Yorkshire and the Humber, Glenn Turp said: “Our members are angry and very upset that the Care Plus Group has decided to tear up their terms and conditions of employment. This tactic is deliberately confrontational and designed to frighten and bully staff into agreeing changes that will see them lose pay and important benefits”.
The RCN strongly recommends that members do not sign up to the employer's proposals to make significant and detrimental changes to their terms and conditions. Read the latest information and advice for members
RCN Yorkshire and the Humber in the news
- Royal College of Nurses raises concerns over patient safety (29 April 2013). The Telegraph and Argus reports that the RCN had raised concerns that pressure on NHS staff is harming patient safety and dignity. Also reported in the Hull Daily Mail and the York Press.
- Edgerton student Richard Broadhead in running for nurse of the year award (21 February 2013). The Huddersfield Examiner reports on Edgerton student Richard Broadhead beating hundreds of other trainee nurses to become a finalist in the Royal College of Nursing, Nursing Standard Student of the Year Award. Richard, who is in his third year of a Mental Health Nursing degree at the University of Huddersfield, is up against one other adult nurse student
- Nurses’ fury as health chiefs impose £1m cuts (19 February 2013). The Yorkshire Post reports on “drastic cuts” to pay and other conditions for 800 staff employed by the Care Plus Group, providing vital care to vulnerable people in the Northern Lincolnshire. The RCN is quoted.
- Patient safety concerns amid 12-hour shift proposal for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals nurses (29 December 2012). The Huddersfield Examiner reported on plans by the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust to change working patterns of nursing staff at the Trust and move staff onto 12 hour shifts. The RCN is quoted. Also reported in the Yorkshire Post, Wakefield Express and Pontefract and Castleford Gazette.
- Cuts could cost 500 nurses jobs (20 December 2012). The Sheffield Star reports on proposals by the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust to make £50m savings could result in far reaching spending cuts and could see 500 nursing jobs go. The RCN is quoted.
- Cuts blamed for higher death rates (5 December 2012). The York Press reported on the annual Doctor Foster Hospital Guide reveals that Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, a higher mortality rate than expected.
RCN Yorkshire & the Humber region e-newsletter:
Here at RCN Yorkshire & the Humber region, we have created our own e-newsletter to keep you 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 RCN Yorkshire & the Humber region.
To read the current edition of the e-newsletter, published May 2013, please click here.
Contacting RCN Yorkshire & The Humber region: call 0345 772 6100
When making contact with the RCN Yorkshire & The Humber regional office for the first time all RCN members should call 0345 772 6100, which will connect you immediately to a skilled RCN Direct adviser. Calls are charged at local rates.
If you have an ongoing case, you should continue to use the direct-dial number that you have been given by the member of staff who has been helping you. The new system will enable the RCN to provide a more efficient service to members who call the RCN for assistance. RCN Direct resolves 95 per cent of members' queries at first contact without the need to refer the member to the regional office.
There are a number of other resources available on the regional web pages. These include details of your regional board and local branch as well as details of key events, regional news and matters of interest to you as both a professional and employee.
Finally, whether you are an existing member, or interested in becoming a member, then we want to hear from you. You can contact us during normal office hours at:
2nd floor, 9 Bond Court
Telephone: 0345 772 6100.
Glenn Turp, Regional Director
RCN Yorkshire & The Humber