The RCN's Legal and Governance review

The RCN is undertaking a review of its legal and governance structures. The goal is to continue to fulfil our aims as a professional trade union which meets the needs of nursing now and in the future. The changes will not affect the ongoing provision of services to RCN members. It's very much business as usual.

You can read Kath McCourt's latest update below.

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Update from Professor Kath McCourt CBE FRCN, Chair of RCN Council Kath McCourt, Chair of RCN Council

21 September 2012 update

 Legal and Governance Review

Over the summer Michael Brown, Vice Chair of Council, and I visited every RCN country and region to listen to your views on the legal and governance review of Boards. We heard your ideas about how our Boards might work better in the future by improving how they connect with branches and other networks of members, and by playing a more effective role in the governance of the organisation. 

These discussions certainly helped to shape our thinking. As we went around the UK we developed a document and a diagram showing how the new ways of working could work, basing them on the feedback we received.  They illustrate members’ views on how boards could work more effectively in the future and enable members to inform decision-making. 

Overall the feedback was positive about the proposed new ways of working and many excellent suggestions were made. Concerns were also voiced, however, and there is no doubt that implementing the new ways of working will be a challenge.

Council held a special meeting last week to consider the feedback from our visits and Michael and I made sure the range of views we heard were discussed – for example, the size of the board and how you wanted the organisation to involve and work with you in the future.

Following our discussions and after careful consideration of all the feedback received Council agreed to:

Michael and I learned so much over the summer from our visits. There is no doubt that, as a result, the proposals have been greatly strengthened and improved and we look forward to working with you to implement these new ways of working.

I have set out the timetable for the elections to the Boards and our representative committees (Students Committee, Health Practitioner Committee and the UK Stewards, Safety and Learning Reps Committees) which will now go forward on the basis of the new arrangements.  Information about how to stand for election and vote will be available from the 1st October on the RCN website at www.rcn.org.uk/elections.

Election timetable

1 October – opening of nominations
31 October – close of nominations
1 November to 9 November – verification that candidates are eligible to stand
12 and 13 November – publication of candidates details on website
14 November – dispatch of voting papers (electronically)
19 December – close of voting
21 December – announcement of results
1 January – new Board members take up office

Professor Kathleen McCourt CBE, Chair of Council

Professor Kath McCourt CBE FRCN
Chair of RCN Council

Read previous column updates about the Legal and Governance review.