Welcome to RCN Wales

Here you'll find news, events 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.

RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2014

The closing date to submit nominations for the Royal College of Nursing in Wales third annual Nurse of the Year Awards is now closed and shortlisting is taking place.  Past winners have been very positive about the experience and how the award has enhanced their careers. The event will be held on Wednesday 19 November 2014 at City Hall, Cardiff.

RCN in Wales Activist Conference

The RCN in Wales annual activist conference will be held on Friday 10 October 2014. The annual conference is a great opportunity for activists to celebrate the successes of the past year, network, get an update on what's new and plan future work.

The conference will bring together activists from all over Wales to reflect on our work plan for 2015. The conference will be held at the Broneirion Conference Centre, Llandinam, Powys from 10:30am to 4pm. If you would like to book a place please contact Andrea Johns: andrea.johns@rcn.org.uk

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 23 September.

Return to Practice course

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

Branch AGM dates

The RCN branch AGM’s are due to take place across all RCN branches over the next couple of months. This is an important event where members can meet the branch representatives, help raise concerns and discuss issues from training to study events. It is a perfect opportunity for members to become active within their local branch, so don’t miss your opportunity to engage with the individuals who represent your local area.

For details of your branch AGM please see the following timetable: Branch AGMs