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.


March with us on 18 October to fight for fair pay

Protesting for fair pay

What is the march?

On Saturday 18 October we’re joining thousands of public sector workers to support the TUC-led 'Britain Needs a Pay rise' protest, taking place in central London.

Billy Nichols, RCN Steward (East) And RCN UK Safety Rep (Wales), said: ‘’As soon as I heard about the TUC march I booked my transport from North Wales. I have had enough of the argument that ‘pay constraint’ is the only way to save NHS jobs and services. We have heard this argument for the last 4 years and over those 4 years we have lost 10% of our salary in real terms. For me 10% is more than enough, I can’t afford another year without a proper pay rise and I don’t believe the NHS can afford to lose more nurses. I want every nurse and Health Care Support Worker who has a day off to march with me on October 18th, I want the public to know that this is not about higher wages for nurses; it is about not falling further and further behind. I want us all to march for a sustainable approach to NHS funding and services that provides fair payment for staff now and in the future. We need people to start listening to us about the damage that the current strategy is doing for morale and retention and ultimately for services and patients; we need people to listen so we need to stand together and start making some noise.’’

We're urging RCN members to join us on this major demonstration and rally in central London - family and friends are welcome to come along! There will be transport provided from Cardiff to the March. For more information, please contact your Branch Secretary or email Clare Jenkins at clare.jenkins@rcn.org.uk


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