RCN Ethics Committee

The purpose of the Ethics Committee is to provide guidance to the nursing profession on ethical issues.

The Ethics Committee does not consider or discuss individual cases.

The Committee advises you to consult the NMC code in the first instance.

You could also be able to get support from:

RCN Direct advice service

If you find that your case could be clarified by legal or employment advice, please contact RCN Direct. This flagship information and advice helpline is open seven days a week, 365 days a year from 8.30am to 8.30pm - 0345 772 6100. Advice is also available through the RCN Direct online advice page.

RCN counselling service

The RCN counselling service is also based at RCN Direct. To access the service please telephone the counselling line on 0345 769 7064.  An initial assessment appointment can then be made for you with an RCN counsellor. Visit the counselling service page for more information.

Raising concerns

If you are considering raising a concern, please refer to your organisational policy in the first instance and the Raising concerns section of the RCN website.

Media contact

If you are a journalist seeking further information, interviews or illustrations, please contact our Press office

RCN ethical impact assessment tool

Please follow this link to access the RCN ethical impact assessment tool

RCN Ethics Network

The RCN is establishing an Ethics Network to act as a sounding board for the RCN Ethics Committee.  It will be led by the committee and the network will have the opportunity to feed into and inform the committee’s work.  The purpose of the Ethics Committee is to provide guidance to the nursing profession on ethical issues.

The network will consist of both RCN members and external advisers. Communications will mostly be virtual, but the committee intends to hold an annual meeting with members of the network to encourage greater networking and the exchange of expertise and to build stronger working links with committee members and their work programme.

If you would like to join the Ethics Network, please complete the application form below and return it by email to governance.support@rcn.org.uk or by post to the Governance Adviser (Ethics Committee), Governance Support Department, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN.

Save the date

The first meeting of the Ethics Network will now take place on Friday 11 September, 11:00-16:00, at RCN HQ (20 Cavendish Square, London). Please save this date in your diary.