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.
Message from RCN Wales
As most of you will already be aware 2014 promises to be a very busy time for us all. Between now and the end of April we will be working hard together to engage the wider membership on a number of high priority issues.
Engagement with members over management proposals to change terms and conditions
NHS Management in Wales have released proposals to change the terms and conditions of employment for staff working under Agenda for Change. If implemented, these changes will impact on nurses working in the NHS in Wales. The RCN has until 30 April 2014 to respond to the proposals that include changes to:
- pay during sickness absence
- pay structure and career progression
- workforce re-profiling
- senior managers’ salaries.
Over a period of several months, the RCN in Wales alongside the other staff side unions have been in discussions with NHS Management to minimise the changes being proposed.
The proposals are now in final draft and the RCN along with the other staff side unions are undertaking a member engagement exercise before deciding whether to accept or reject the proposals.
What should you do?
Read the proposals and the available supporting information
Let us know your views by completing the short survey Engagement Survey
Assembly Members Vote Yes to promote Kirsty Williams’ Minimum Nurse Staffing Levels Bill
A debate took place in the National Assembly for Wales in order for the Bill to progress making the arguments in support of safe staffing in Wales. Assembly Members have voted to support the bill so it will now move forward. Please visit the RCN in Wales' dedicated web page for further information: Kirsty Williams’ Minimum Nurse Staffing Levels Bill
Again, we are currently working across RCN in Wales to develop electronic and other resources to get the message out as widely as possible and to make engagement as simple as possible, however as always we will be looking to you and the members in your areas to take some practical actions (eg emailing or sending letters to AMs, attending meetings etc) We will continue to keep you updated as resources become available and come to you with specific requests over the coming days and weeks.
Engagement with members over Council Priorities and Branch Activity 2015
In line with the new planning and funding cycle RCN Welsh Board have been charged with supporting branches to engage their members in setting Council Priorities and planning their activities and finances for 2015.
In order to comply with the tight timescales, RCN Wales Branch Committees will be invited to attend planning meetings in early March to support the completion of plans and funding forecasts. We recognise engagement with members ahead of these meetings will prove challenging given the workload outlined above. RCN Wales staff are currently developing some simple templates for Branch Activists to use to gather any feedback members may have in relation to this agenda whilst they are engaging with members on our other priority issues.
As you can see the agenda over the next weeks and months will be a challenge for us all, it is our aim to keep communication channels open and to ensure that you receive information in a timely fashion. This will mean an increase in emails form staff but we would also urge you to check the website regularly and to encourage members to do the same.
Finally, may we take the opportunity to thank you for your ongoing commitment and in anticipation of the vital role that you will play during this engagement period.
Legal and Professional issues of Advanced Practice
There have been a number of recent high-profile cases, including the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust report, where mistreatment and neglect of patients has been highlighted. Therefore, the RCN Wales Primary Care and Independent Sector Adviser, Nigel Downes, will be undertaking two half day seminars on Legal aspects of Advanced Practice.
The day will be split into two parts, and the following will be covered in details:
Part 1 Accountability, Governance and Negligence
Part 2 Consent, Capacity and End of Life Issues
The seminars will provide an exciting opportunity to explore case scenarios, discuss issues faced regularly by Practitioners and to provide an understanding of the Legal and Professional issues of Advanced Practice. So, if you are currently working in or are thinking of working in an Advanced Practice role, this is a day you simply cannot miss!
Dates of seminars
North Wales - 19 March 2014
West Wales - 02 April 2014
Cardiff - 20 May 2014
For further details please contact Rhona Workman on 029 2068 0713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New RCN Wales Branches
The RCN Welsh Board has approved the creation of new RCN branches in Wales, the full details of which will be outlined in the coming weeks. These new branches will elect new ‘Branch Officials’ to conduct the business of the branch until the official Branch AGM in Autumn 2014. Current branch business will be ongoing during these changes.
Each of these new RCN branches will be holding inaugural meetings in early 2014. To find your branch’s meeting, please see the following timetable: Branch meetings timetable (Word 13.2 KB)
To ensure that you are aware of the latest information regarding branch mergers please ensure that your current membership details are up-to-date. You can manage your personal details by either logging on to your MyRCN account or by contacting the Membership Department at RCN Direct: 0345 772 6100
If you have any queries regarding these changes then please contact Claire Jenkins via phone 02920 680 748 or e-mail email@example.com
Hettie Hopkins Care of the Elderly Nursing Scholarship
The scholarship is open to RCN members practising in Wales who work with the elderly and who wish to pursue a project or course of study associated with the care of the elderly. Please note the closing date for the scholarship is 31 March 2014.
For an application form, please contact Lee Anderson on 02920 680 723 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Opportunities for Everyone
The highest quality of care requires a continual updating of nursing skills as new approaches in healthcare are developed. Continuing professional development (CPD) allows nurses and other healthcare professionals to keep updated to meet the needs of patients, clients, the health services they provide, and their own professional development. It includes the continuous attainment of new knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enable quality competent practice. Lifelong learning is essential to those who provide clinical care. The RCN is committed to lifelong learning and the professional development of¡¡those in the nursing family. Continuing professional development has grown to include supervisory and management skills, administrative, social and interpersonal skills, subjects beyond the expected clinical. The RCN in Wales offers seminars and events which can help you manage your own learning and growth. For more information see Learning and Development events in Wales