RCN representatives in Wales

Becoming an RCN representative is an exciting and challenging opportunity to 'make a difference' in the workplace. Our stewards, safety representatives and learning representatives are trained and supported to develop the competence and confidence necessary to provide first class support and representation.

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)     Strategic Pay Taskforce Consultation NHS Wales (24.3 KB)

Let us know your views by completing the short survey (link coming soon) 

South Wales Programme: Information for Activists

The five health boards in South Wales—Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Aneurin Bevan, Cardiff and Vale, Cwm Taf and Powys—have been talking to NHS staff, the public and stakeholders about a series of proposals put forward regarding the future of a range of specialist hospital services: consultant-led inpatient paediatrics, neonatal care, obstetrics and Accident and Emergency care.

The RCN in Wales has information for activists - South Wales Programme (240 KB)     How to access PDF files] RCN Branch Meeting Dates (14.5 KB)  for South Wales Programme

Learning and Development Opportunities

The RCN in Wales runs accredited training courses that enable RCN stewards, health & safety representatives and learning representatives to support and represent members effectively.

Accredited representatives are entitled to paid time away from work to undergo training to support them in carrying out the functions of their role.

The learning and development pathway for representatives consists of:

  • Foundation module
  • Development module (steward, safety representative or learning representative - dependent on chosen role) 
  • Continuing Learning and Development module  

Throughout the pathway representatives are provided with individualised support from a mentor (RCN officer or assistant officer), the learning and development facilitator and wider RCN staff.

Activists Development Training dates for 2014 have already been confirmed: 2014 Activist Training Dates  [How to access PDF files]

Mentorship and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All representatives receive ongoing support and development opportunities, initially through mentorship and later supervision. In addition to the foundation and development modules the RCN provides an ongoing programme of workshops and master classes.

Each representative also receives:

  • access to RCN Direct
  • Activate, an informative monthly newsletter
  • an annual subscription to Nursing Standard
  • the opportunity to attend national conferences
  • the opportunity to attend regular meetings held by RCN officers
  • Time off for union duties

Accredited representatives are entitled to paid time away from work to undergo training to support them in carrying out the functions of their role.


Please contact clare.jenkins@rcn.org.uk to find out more about being active within the RCN either as a representative or by becoming active within your branch

Additional information for representatives

Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed in line with the RCN expenses policy.