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.

Key issues in 2014

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
  • travel
  • 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 

Fact Sheet (238 KB)     Ministerial Letter (73 KB)    FAQ AfC (296 KB)   Strategic Pay Taskforce Consultation NHS Wales (24.3 KB) 

Fifth Biennial Betsi Cadwaladr Lecture and Coffee Morning

The Royal College of Nursing in Wales celebrates the life and work of the Welsh Nursing Heroine Betsi Cadwaladr at the RCN Wales 5th Biennial Betsi Cadwaladr Lecture on Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at RCN Wales HQ, Ty Maeth, Cardiff. We are pleased to announce that Roy Lilley, writer, presenter and broadcaster, will present the lecture with the theme focused on nursing in Tough Times and Whistleblowing. In the midst of the squalor and suffering of the Crimean war Betsi Cadwaladr tackled bravely the twin evils of prejudice and self interest to advance the cause of patient care. She was a true nursing leader. For more information or to book a place at this event, please contact Lee Anderson on 02920680723.

Assembly Members Vote Yes to promote Kirsty Williams’ Minimum Nurse Staffing Levels Bill

On Wednesday 05 March the National Assembly for Wales voted overwhelmingly in favour of introducing Kirsty Williams AM’s Members Bill on Minimum Nurse Staffing. Of 60 Assembly Members, a total of 39 decided to allow the Bill to progress to the next stage in the legislative process. This proposed legislation has the potential to make real change for patients and nurses. RCN in Wales looks forward to working closely together with Kirsty on making this 'potential' a 'reality'.

Please visit the RCN in Wales' dedicated web page for updates on the Bill's progress and advice on how you can show your support: Kirsty Williams’ Minimum Nurse Staffing Levels Bill

2014 European Elections

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched its manifesto for the upcoming elections to the European Parliament, held in the UK on May 22 2014. With a membership of more than 415,000 nurses, midwives, health visitors, nursing students, and health care assistants, the RCN is calling on MEPs to back policies that support nursing staff and the patients they care for. http://europeanelections.rcn.org.uk/


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.

Political Leadership Programme 2014

RCN in Wales is delighted to announce that this June we will once again be holding our highly prestigious Political Leadership Programme at the Wales Millennium Centre, based in Cardiff Bay – the hub of political activity in Wales.

During the two day course participants will be given the opportunity to develop their influencing skills and expand their knowledge of how health and social policy are shaped in Wales. Attendees will be provided with a comprehensive insight into the Welsh political landscape from a variety of highly regarded guest speakers; a combination of which will provide invaluable learning outcomes.

The programme will be taking place on Tuesday 03 & Wednesday 04 June 2014.

If you would be interested in attending then please contact John Hoddinott via e-mail john.hoddinott@rcn.org.uk or telephone 029 2068 0709. Please see the following course flyer for further information:

RCN in Wales PLP - English version (PDF 212KB)      RCN in Wales PLP - Welsh version (PDF 216KB)

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 claire.jenkins@rcn.org.uk

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