The RCN works with a range of organisations and our members in providing high quality care to patients and clients. We understand the complex business environment and the specific demands of organisations delivering services within the health and social care sector. The RCN is always keen to work with organisations to explore how we can work in partnership to improve your service delivery and the workplace environment. In addition to the many organisations the RCN works with in the public sector we already work with over 50 organisations in the independent sector. We also have strategic relationships with government departments across the UK countries in addition to active political alliances throughout Europe and internationally.
We are a professional trade union and will work with you to develop policies and procedures that are appropriate for your entire workforce and will be responsive to the changing demands of your service. We bring a professional and nursing dimension to the workplace which enables a flow of information and resources to the employer at no cost, while your staff keep abreast of developments in best nursing practice.
Partnerships between employers and trade unions have been shown to bring better communication, improved customer satisfaction, fewer disciplinaries, lower sickness absence, lower staff turnover, better training, staff involvement in implementing change and much more. This all contributes to a better environment for all staff and patients, as well as financial and productivity benefits for your organisation. You will discover that some of your business costs will be reduced through improved efficiency and performance.
The Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS) demonstrates the positive impact that trade unions and good employment relations can have on businesses. WERS collects data from employers, employee representatives and employees in a sample of workplaces. The first findings of their latest 2011 survey is currently available and show developments on previous results. In addition, the 2009 NHS Health and Wellbeing Review also found that it is possible to enhance performance by targeting improved staff support, which is possible through partnership working.
To start benefitting from a formal partnership with the RCN, see the ‘Establishing a formal partnership with the RCN’ webpage. You can read an overview of how the RCN can support your business here (PDF 208KB) [see How to access PDF files]
If you would like to discuss your options in more detail, contact Clare Jacobs, Employment Relations Adviser, on 020 7409 3333 or email email@example.com