RCN Congress 2017, Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre

18 - 20 September

Congress 2021

RCN Congress 2021 will now take place from 18 to 20 September.

As previously agreed the Congress fringe and exhibition will take place online only. However, the Congress business agenda – the resolutions and matters for discussion – will be organised to allow for a mix of in-person and online participation.

In practical terms, the RCN has invested in an online platform so all members will be able to participate. However, voting members will also be able to attend in person at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool in a safe and manageable way, should they wish to do so and if the rules at the time permit.

The situation with COVID-19 restrictions and large gatherings continues to change. It may be possible to offer places to non-voting members in Liverpool once the situation becomes more clear, dependent upon what is possible at the venue nearer the time.

RCN Council and the Agenda Committee believe this is the best and safest option for 2021 and ensures that Congress can be delivered as a fully virtual event if needed.

Voting will take place digitally, both for members attending in person and online. Help and support will be provided for voting members to do this.  

Please note there will be no organised social events in Liverpool this year. 

Register for Congress

Registration for Congress is now open. RCN members can register online via this link. You can also contact us directly by calling 02920 546460 or emailing congress.bookings@rcn.org.uk.

Voting members from branches, forums, and members of the Nursing Support Workers Committee, the Students Committee, UK Learning Reps Committee, the UK Safety Reps Committee and the UK Stewards Committee, should, along with all other members, register to attend Congress via the link above. At this stage voting members will not need to tell us whether they are attending in person or online.

Congress agenda

Submissions for the Congress agenda closed at noon on Friday 23 April. You can submit an emergency agenda item from now right up until Congress finishes on Monday 20 September 2021. The Congress Agenda is now available to view online. 

New-look Congress fringe

Information about the new-look Congress fringe is on this page.

Voting members

Information about voting at Congress is on this page.

Exhibiting at Congress

Information for those interested in exhibiting at Congress is on this page.


A frequently asked questions (FAQ) document will be published here shortly.

Congress 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) did not go ahead with Congress in 2020. 

Instead the Agenda Committee  selected a number of the debates and events which had already been selected for the 2020 Congress programme and which took place online throughout the rest of the year. Find out more about our #RCN2020 programme of events and debates.

Previous Congresses

Read more about what happened at Congress 2019 and view some of our previous debates in the RCN archive.