RCN Wales Political Leadership Programme

A General Election in May, the Assembly Elections the year after and sharp changes in health policy in England. How do all these factors influence health policy in Wales? With this in mind, there is no better time to embark on the RCN Wales Political Leadership Programme.

This prestigious programme will develop your influencing skills and expand your knowledge of how health and social policy is shaped in Wales.  The programme provides an invaluable insight into the Welsh political landscape and illustrates how policy is shaped by that context.  It will encourage participants to engage with strategic policy and provides the tools for such engagement.

This programme includes a visit to the National Assembly, contributions from highly regarded guest speakers - from the media and lobbying industries - and provides a valuable networking opportunity.

The next Political Leadership Programme is likely to be held in Summer 2015.  If you would like to find out more, please contact Lisa Turnbull on 029 2068 0738 or email lisa.turnbull@rcn.org.uk for further information.

Use your voice - get active

The RCN Wales is contacted regularly by journalists who need nurses to comment on issues affecting the nursing profession. The Communications department asks nurses to participate in media interviews and to speak from their personal experiences. This can be on subjects as diverse as pay, education, staff shortages and standards of care.

To help provide this service to journalists, the Communications office has a database of case studies; however, it is always looking for volunteers to become nurse spokespeople. This means we may call on you occasionally to take part in interviews with local, regional or national media. The project is designed to increase representation from the nursing community and to reflect the diverse culture of Wales.

Media training

The Welsh Board offers a free one-day intensive media training for nurses interested in speaking to the media. If you are interested, please contact Tracy Lenzy, Communications & Media Officer: