Become an RCN activist!

Published: 20 January 2014

Now recruiting RCN activists:

The RCN Northern Region currently has a number of opportunities for members who would like to develop their careers further by becoming RCN representatives.

The role of an RCN representative is very rewarding. As well as being able to provide help, support and advice to colleagues who may be in difficulty, there are opportunities to build closer relationships with your employer's senior staff and management, and work towards other professional development goals. You are also able to influence key strategic decisions taken by your employer which can have a significant positive effect on both your fellow employees and in the quality of care that patients receive. You may also facilitate colleagues in accessing training and educational opportunities, or provide input on health and safety issues.

In addition, because your representative work is covered by the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, you are entitled to take time off during your working hours, when you are undertaking RCN representative work on behalf of a member. This means that you can effectively combine the role with your employment, while ensuring that your current income is maintained. The RCN also reimburses you for eligible costs incurred while you undertake the role, such as travel to meet with a member.

Representatives are also entitled to receive a free subscription to Nursing Standard. 

Full training is provided, and time off for this is also covered by the Trade Union Act of 1992.

The main requirements to fulfil the role are a desire to champion and improve the quality of care experienced by patients and also the workplace conditions and experiences of your fellow employees. If this is something that you feel passionate about, we want to hear from you. Because of growing RCN membership across the region, we currently have vacancies in all areas. We are particularly keen to hear expressions of interest from members from across Tyneside, Wearside, County Durham, Teesside, and Cumbria.

Read more about what's involved and the individual roles of the steward, safety representative and learning representative in Proud to make a difference- becoming an RCN representative (PDF, 1.2MB(How to access PDF files).

The publication also contains a form which you can use to register your initial interest.

Once you have completed the form, please send it to:

RCN Northern Region, 2nd Floor Avalon House, St Catherine's Court, Sunderland Enterprise Park, Sunderland SR5 3XJ.

Alternatively, email your name and contact details to northern.region@rcn.org.uk. Please make it clear in your email that you are interested in becoming an RCN representative and someone will get in touch to talk it through.

We look forward to hearing from you.