The RCN works with UK, European and wider international alliances and stakeholders to influence health and nursing policy globally.
We represent UK nursing in Europe and internationally.
Following the vote on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, the RCN is calling on the Government to secure the future of EU nurses as new figures reveal the extent to which the health service relies on them. More than 33,000 EU trained nurses are registered to work in the UK, which is more than the total number of nurses currently working in Wales. It comes as research reveals the scale of challenges facing the NHS nursing workforce, with one in three nurses due to retire in the next 10 years and a lack of homegrown staff to fill the gap.
The RCN believes the Government must take urgent action to develop a coherent and sustainable workforce strategy for the future that recognises the critical contribution of overseas nurses as well as the pressing need to educate, recruit and retain homegrown nursing staff.
With less than a year to go until we leave the EU, the RCN has written a series of short briefings on five key areas affecting nursing. These are:
We have rated progress on each of these priorities as either RED, AMBER or GREEN. Red indicates that there has been no firm commitment made by the UK Government on this issue and how to resolve it. Amber indicates some UK Government commitment or statement but no agreement on practical application with the EU. Green indicates a firm commitment from the UK Government and the EU including on practical implementation.
A brief overview describing these priorities, our concerns and what action we want taken is available here.
Given the continuing global nursing shortage and rising demand for health and care services, the UK needs to be able to attract nursing staff with the right skills and attitudes to work and remain in the sector. Our latest briefing sets out the key principles which we think should underpin the UK's post-Brexit immigration system.
You can also tell us directly what you think of the UK's current immigration system, including what works well and what you want to see changed. Your responses will form the basis for our continued lobbying work with the Home Office. You can access the survey here: https://surveys.rcn.org.uk/s/RCNPBIsurvey/
The RCN-ZUNO Partnership Project is a collaboration between the RCN and the ZUNO, funded by THET through the DFID Health Partnerships Scheme, with the support of the Zambian Ministry of Health.
The Nursing Now campaign aims to raise the status and profile of nursing globally. Run in collaboration with the WHO and the International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now seeks to empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges.
Nursing Now will run to the end of 2020 – the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth . It aims to improve perceptions of nurses, enhance their influence and maximise their contributions to ensuring that everyone everywhere has access to health and healthcare. The RCN is a key backer of the campaign
Nursing Now has five key objectives:
1. Support greater investment in improving education, professional development, standards, regulation and employment conditions for nurses;
2. Increase and improve dissemination of effective and innovative practice in nursing;
3. Realise greater influence for nurses and midwives on global and national health policy, as part of broader efforts to ensure health workforces are more involved in decision-making;
4. Get more nurses into leadership positions with more opportunities for development at all levels; and
5. Generate more evidence for policy and decision makers about where nursing can have the greatest impact, what is stopping nurses from reaching their full potential and how to address this.
More information on the campaign can be accessed at: http://www.nursingnow.org/our-aims/
The RCN has collaborated with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and VSO to produce advice for nurses and midwives who want to work internationally, both in sustainable development and humanitarian programmes.
The International Nursing Network brings together health care practitioners interested in the field of international health care. Members of this community include registered practitioners, health care assistants, students and volunteers.
This groups enables RCN members interested in international humanitarian health care and development work to share experiences and support each other with practical advice.
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