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Welcome to RCN Wales

Here you'll find newsevents and opinions covering the health care issues in Wales, including the work the RCN does with the National Assembly for Wales, support for members and training and development opportunities brought to you by the RCN Wales Professional Practice Department.  At this point in time the content of this section of the website is only available in English.

Croeso i RCN Cymru

Fan hyn, fe welwch newyddion, digwyddiadau a barnau sy'n ymdrin â'r materion gofal iechyd yng Nghymru, sy'n cynnwys y gwaith a wnawn gyda Chynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru, cymorth i aelodau a chyfleoedd hyfforddi a datblygu a gyflwynwyd i chi gan Athrofa RCN Cymru. Ar hyn o bryd, mae cynnwys y rhan hon o'r wefan ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.  

Ground floor refurbishment at RCN Wales HQ

The ground floor of RCN Wales’ headquarters in Cardiff will be undergoing a lengthy refurbishment, to begin in August 2015 (date TBC). Part of this remodeling will include an entirely new library facility for members. Whilst this refurbishment is taking place, members in Wales will have no access to a physical library, as the library will be closed and all the stock will be in storage. The remaining services will still be provided:

• Books – can be ordered online via the library catalogue, posted to members’ homes or collected from Ty Maeth. Also over 1400 books are available online.
• Journals – over 1000 titles are available full text online.  All our databases are also available online.
• Literature searches – can be requested via an online form. This service is only available for full members, but we are happy to help students to learn to search the databases.
• Database training – information skills sessions with library staff will still be available, via remote training sessions using Microsoft Lync.

Library staff will still be available to contact by phone or email and may be available to deliver services locally.


Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill: Update

We are now at a critical stage with the Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill and need your help!

The Health and Social Care Committee was due to hold a detailed discussion of the Bill on 9th July 2015. But this discussion was cancelled and no new discussion has been scheduled.

If this Bill is to become law it MUST have a detailed discussion (known as Stage Two) of possible amendments. Before this can happen the Government must agree to lay the Financial Resolution - this motion authorises any subsequent expenditure as a consequence of the Bill.

On the 03 June 2015, the general principles of the bill were unanimously agreed by all Assembly Members - representing the four political parties of Wales - and without any objections, allowed to proceed to Stage Two. Although we celebrated this news, if this Bill doesn't progress quickly then it is in jeopardy of not being passed before next year's Assembly Elections, which means it'll be dropped completely - this is something we must stop from happening!

We urge you to send your local Assembly Member a Facebook or Twitter message in support of the Bill proceeding. Public pressure is essential if we are to see this Bill's progression prioritised in the Assembly. Take a look at our dedicated Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill webpage for further information and tips on how you can do this – remember to act now before this Bill disappears entirely.


50th Anniversary of Ty Maeth 1965 - 2015: Please share your memories with us 

The New Year welcomes the opportunity for nurses in Wales to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Ty Maeth, the RCN Welsh Board Headquarters in Cardiff. If you have any historical nursing artifacts from the past 50 years we would like to borrow them for our 50th Anniversary Celebration event next year.

Ty Maeth or “House of Nurture” is the product of vision, commitment and hard work. RCN members in Wales raised the money themselves to build Ty Maeth. With the help of the general public, nurses raised approximately £300,000.  The purpose of the Welsh Board and the building is to enhance the professional role of those in the nursing family and encourage, nurture and develop nurse leaders locally. Ty Maeth is a physical sign that nurses in Wales are force with which to be reckoned. 

Gaynor Jones, Chair of the RCN Welsh Board and RCN Council Member for Wales, said:  “The 50th Anniversary of Ty Maeth provides a historic opportunity to build on our achievements. The RCN Welsh Board has become the voice of nursing in Wales.  Our 24,500 members today stand on the shoulders of the nurses who worked tirelessly in the 1960s to make the dream of a Welsh HQ for the RCN a reality.”   

Return to Practice  

If you are a nurse who has had a career break and would like to return to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, you will need to complete a Return to Practice (RTP) programme. Successful completion of the RTP programme will provide you with the necessary clinical skills and knowledge to allow you to apply for nursing posts.

The NMC requirements to retain registration are to demonstrate that you complete 450 hours of practice within each three year re-registration period. Registered practice, as well as direct patient care, can also involve supervisory, teaching, research and managerial work. You also need to complete 35 hours of learning activity. The NMC revalidation project is currently reviewing the above, with a view to implementing changes on 31st December, 2015. Details are available at: http://www.nmc-uk.org/Nurses-and-midwives/Revalidation/

Finding a RTP course:

The NMC has a database of approved courses at: http://www.nmc-uk.org/Approved-Programmes/. We advise that you also contact local universities and NHS trusts to see if RTP courses are being run in your area:

Swansea University

University of South Wales

Bangor University

Cardiff University

Glyndŵr University