Working for the RCN

No matter what your experience or background, a career with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) promises to be both challenging and rewarding. We have over 800 employees based at our 18 locations across the UK.

With a membership of over 420,000, the RCN is the largest professional association and union of nursing staff and students in the UK. We’re proud to be a leading player in the development of nursing policy and practice, with an influential voice at home and abroad. We promote nursing interests, represent and campaign on behalf of our members and the people they care for. We're also a leading player in the development of nursing policy and practice, and standards of care.

Plus, we’re number 30 in The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for, with Best Companies Accreditation for 2012. So join us, and you’ll have the chance to nurture your career and improve standards of care. At the RCN we are committed to providing a quality service for our members and being an effective, efficient organisation that attracts and retains high-quality staff. To support us in achieving our aspirations we want to employ people who have the right values, skills and experience. In return for your commitment to our goals, we will support you be providing excellent benefits and learning and development opportunities.

Sunday Times Top 100 Companies and Best Companies to Work For

Best Companies 2014       Sunday Times top 100     CIPD People Management Awards 2014   

2011 was a historic year for the RCN, as we were awarded “Best Companies to Work For” status and made our debut in the prestigious Sunday Times Top 100 UK Employers list at number 51.  Following our re-application the RCN has been included in 2015’s Top 100 list and retained our Best Companies accreditation, coming in at number 30.

Investors in People - Gold

iip_gold              IIP Awards

In July 2012, the RCN was been awarded the prestigious Investors in People (IiP) gold standard, the highest form of accreditation available from IiP. We have also received special recognition for our health and wellbeing programme. Being awarded the IiP recognition mark is a great achievement. The IiP Standard is a national UK framework and is a standard of good practice in developing people intended to be achievable by all organisations. It enables organisations to benchmark their own practices against a nationally recognised standard.

BS OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Management System


BS OHSAS 18001 certification from ISO Quality Services Ltd.

Since 2011 the RCN has been accredited to BS OHSAS 18001 - an internationally recognised standard.  Assessment and certification to BS OHSAS 18001 demonstrates the RCN’s commitment to continual improvement in health and safety performance and compliance with legislation through maintenance of an Occupational Health and Management System (OHSMS).


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We also regularly recruit to non-executive roles, such as positions on subsidiary boards, professional nursing and other committees and task and finish groups. If you are an RCN member or external expert please visit the RCN appointments page for more information. RCN members can also stand for election to trade union and other roles, including RCN Council and our national and regional boards. Visit the RCN elections page for details of what elections are taking place at the moment.  

You may also be interested in taking up a position as a trustee with the RCN Foundation – go to the RCN Foundation's website for details of any current trustee vacancies.