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Forum appointments

On this page you will find out more about what forums and steering committees do, and the appointments process.

What are forums?

RCN Forums are an essential part of our organisation, enabling thousands of members to come together and help to shape the world of nursing practice and policy. They are groups of RCN members working in a similar nursing specialty.

As well as allowing members to connect with each other and share ideas, forums actively influence care and RCN and UK-wide policy through the work they do. For example, forum projects include clinical guidance publications, research and conferences on nursing specialties.

Forums are run for our members, by our members, and supported by the Nursing Department team.

What is the role of a forum steering committee?

Forum steering committees lead and facilitate the work of the forums, working collaboratively with other forums and entities where appropriate. They proactively seek, engage with and represent the diverse views of the forum’s membership.

Each steering committee has between four and seven members and is led by a chair, who they elect from amongst themselves.

What is involved in being on a committee?

As a forum steering committee member, you will be involved in organising the forum and its activities, for example by delivering a programme of national and local events that meet the needs of your forum members, and by regularly communicating with the members via electronic newsletters and the forum's online community. You will also work in partnership with your RCN Nurse Adviser to deliver guidance related to your specialty.

Steering committees meet in person at least once a year, usually at RCN HQ in London, and have regular teleconferences. The workload for each committee member depends on what projects they become involved with.

Contact requirement

As part of your role as a forum steering committee member, you will need to make yourself contactable to other forum members via email.  If you do not have an email address you are comfortable using for this purpose, we suggest you set one up using a free email hosting service such as Hotmail (www.hotmail.co.uk) or Yahoo (www.yahoo.co.uk). 

If you need help setting up an email account, please contact us at governance.support@rcn.org.uk or on 020 7647 3640.

What is the role of the forum chair?

Forum chairs provide leadership for the forum. They ensure the forum carries out its role shaping and influencing policy and practice, and do this through innovative, collaborative ways of working and effective communication.

What are the benefits?

As a forum steering committee member you will be given access to training which will enhance both your personal and professional development – benefiting you and your employer. You will be able to network with members of your forum and other forum committee members, giving you access to a vast group of experienced and passionate members.

What are we looking for?

Deeply committed to the RCN and its work, and passionate about nursing and the difference it can make, you'll have your finger on the pulse of your specialism and what your forum members need.

A team player, you'll be ready and willing to share your expertise and to listen to the views of others. You'll also be adept at addressing practical issues with your "hands on" approach.

As an experienced specialist in your field you will be able to contribute and lead cutting edge work to improve nursing practice and the delivery of care – making a vital difference to patients, service users, and the public.

How does the appointments process work?

The appointments process has been designed in consultation with members to be professional, fair and supportive – the focus is on the skills and qualities that you can bring to the forum and the RCN.

The process is member-led, with support from the RCN Nursing and Governance Departments. It ensures that the forums are led by people who are not only specialists, but who reflect the diversity of the nursing workforce – for example, making sure that the committee represents people from across the UK, and across the breadth of the specialty.

The appointments process has six stages:

  1. Applications - 2 April 2013 to 10 May 2013
  2. Shortlisting - 15 May to 31 May 2012
  3. Interviews  - as indicated in vacancies below
  4. Interview panel recommends people for appointments to the Forums Governance Group
  5. Forums Governance Group approves appointments - 19 November 2013
  6. New steering committee members take up office - 1 January 2014

Vacancies

There are vacancies on many forum steering committees as listed below. The deadline for all forum applications has now passed.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Forum

There are two vacancies on the RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice. Interviews will be held on 27 June 2013.

Continence Care Forum

There are four vacancies on the RCN Continence Care Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 24 June 2013.

Nursing in Criminal Justice Services Forum

There is one vacancy on the Nursing in Criminal Justice Services Forum Steering Committee.  The forum is looking to appoint a health care assistant or registered nurse, working in police custody or immigration services who is interested in the policy, research, practice and educational agendas of this specialism to this voluntary post.  Interviews will be held on 10 July 2013.

Critical Care and In-Flight Nursing Forum

There are two vacancies on the RCN Critical Care and In-Flight Nursing Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from adult critical care and commercial flight nursing.  Interviews will be held on 3 July 2013.

Defence Nursing Forum

There are four vacancies on the RCN Defence Nursing Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 26 June 2013.

Diabetes Nursing Forum

We have six vacancies on the RCN Diabetes Nursing Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice. Interviews will be held on 9 July 2013.

District Nurses Forum

There are four vacancies on the RCN District Nurses Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 2 July 2013.

Emergency Care Association

There are three vacancies on the RCN Emergency Care Association Steering Committee this year. The association welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  We particularly welcome applications from emergency nurses with skills (or desire to learn the skills) to help us improve technological communications with members, and from those who represent nurses from diverse specialty (e.g. Mental Health nursing or vulnerable adult nursing) or ethnic minority backgrounds.  Interviews will be held on 8 July 2013.

ENT/Maxillo-Facial Nursing Forum

There are three vacancies on the RCN ENT/Maxillo-Facial Nursing Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 4 July 2013.

Fertility Nursing Forum

There is one vacancy on the RCN Fertility Nursing Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for this voluntary post from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 11 July 2013.

Forensic Nursing Forum

There are three vacancies on the RCN Forensic Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum would welcome applications from the following areas.

Applications are welcome from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 25 June 2013.

Gastrointestinal Nursing Forum

There are two vacancies on the RCN Gastrointestinal Nursing Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice. We are specifically, but not exclusively, seeking applicants working in the following areas: Inflammatory Bowell Disease, Endoscopy and Stoma Care.  Interviews will be held on 17 July 2013.

Imaging Nurses Forum

There are five vacancies on the RCN Imaging Nurses Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  The Imaging Nurses Forum are particularly looking for members with experience in the areas of: Nuclear Medicine, Paediatric Imaging, Cardiac Labs and Adult Imaging.  Interviews will be held on 24 June 2013.

eHealth Forum

There are  three vacancies on the RCN eHealth Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 9 July 2013.

Learning Disability Nursing Forum

There is one vacancy on the RCN Learning Disability Nursing Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for this voluntary post from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 11 July 2013.

Midwifery Forum

There are six vacancies on the RCN Midwifery Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice. Interviews will be held on 3 July 2013.

Neuroscience Forum

There are three vacancies on the RCN Neuroscience Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 26 June 2013.

Ophthalmic Nursing Forum

There are two vacancies on the RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice. Interviews will be held on 10 July 2013.

Pain and Palliative Care Forum

There is one vacancy on the RCN Pain and Palliative Care Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for this voluntary post from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 27 June 2013.

Perioperative Forum

There are four vacancies on the RCN Perioperative Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 11 July 2013.

Practice Nurses Association

There are six vacancies on the RCN Practice Nurses Association Steering Committee this year. The association welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 12 July 2013.

Research Society

There are two vacancies on the RCN Research Society Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 11 July 2013.

Rheumatology Nursing Forum

There are two vacancies on the RCN Rheumatology Nursing Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 11 July 2013.

Society of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing

There are four vacancies on the RCN Society of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing Steering Committee this year. The society welcomes applications for these voluntary posts from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 25 June 2013.

Women’s Health Forum

There is one vacancy on the RCN Women’s' Health Forum Steering Committee this year. The forum welcomes applications for this voluntary post from members across the UK to help us shape policy and develop practice.  Interviews will be held on 9 July 2013.

Term of office

Unless otherwise stated, the term of office is four years. Once appointed, each member will be eligible to sit on the committee for up to two terms (eight years).

Can I apply?

To be eligible to join a forum steering committee, a member must:

We recommend that you speak to your employer before applying to make sure you are able to make the time commitment needed for the role, and that they are willing to support you.

How do I apply?

Please fill out the online application form.  Note that applications cannot be saved part-way through.  The deadline for applications to the Imaging Nurses Forum has been extended to 5pm Friday 31 May 2013. The deadline for all other forum applications has now passed.

More information

More information on the forums can be found on the forum communities page.

The following documents may be useful:

If you would like to ask a question about the appointments process, please email governance.support@rcn.org.uk or phone 020 7647 3640.

Equal opportunities

The RCN is committed to supporting equality and diversity. If you need help with completing this form or would prefer it in a different format, please email governance.support@rcn.org.uk or telephone 020 7647 3642.