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The role of RCN learning reps

Encouraging the aspirations of members

As a learning rep, you'll support the learning and career development of RCN members in the workplace. Find out more about the role here.

As an RCN learning representative, you will enable RCN members to meet their continuing professional development requirements for safe and effective nursing practice.

With full support from the RCN, you will:

  • help members plan and manage their learning and development
  • help to develop training by negotiating and supporting CPD in the workplace
  • organise events such as seminars, study days and workshops, either with employers or local branches
  • keep up to date with learning opportunities and promote information, resources and support available to members.

Learning and development

As a newly recruited learning representative, you'll start by attending a foundation module. On successful completion you will move on to the development module which prepares you for your role as an RCN learning rep. 

Once you’ve completed your foundation and development modules you will be eligible to attend continuing learning and development workshops and events for reps to maintain and develop your skills.

Become a rep

If you are interested in becoming a learning rep, see How to become an RCN rep for information on how to apply.

I love my role as an RCN learning rep. Not only have I helped to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of the people I work with, but my personal development has been more than I could have ever imagined – I've grown both as a practitioner and as a person.

RCN learning rep

See how RCN learning rep Karen Dutton has supported nursing and clinical staff at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation