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The Independent External Review

The RCN asked for an Independent External Review to examine the College’s processes around the NHS 2018 Pay Deal and its communication to the membership.

The review was carried out by the assurer services division of Electoral Reform Services Limited (ERS), a leading organisation with expertise in independent scrutineering of voting processes. ERS also has experience of working with trade unions and large membership organisations.

To be included on the list to act as an independent qualified scrutineer an organisation needs to be able to demonstrate that they are independent and impartial, that they are not controlled by individual unions or potentially subject to undue commercial pressures from unions or employers, and that they adhere to the highest standards of probity and professional objectivity.

The review provides an independent account of the RCN’s activities around the pay deal, where things went wrong, and will provide recommendations as to what the College can change in its processes. 

The College asked ERS to provide an initial review to inform discussions at the EGM. This interim review is available to view from the link below. 

The second part of the independent external review report has now also been published. Read the second part of the report by following the link below.

Council response to independent external review report

Read RCN Council's response to Electoral Reform Services Ltd (ERS) report.

Second part of the independent external review report

Read the recommendations and findings from Electoral Reform Services Ltd (ERS).

Interim independent external review report

Read the interim review report undertaken by Electoral Reform Services Ltd (ERS).