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Congress Agenda

The main business of Congress - debates on Resolutions and Matters for Discussion - is generated entirely by RCN members.

We aim to cover about seven debates each day, however, the exact running order cannot be confirmed ahead of the event. This is because some debates may be rescheduled, or emergency debates may force others to be postponed until the following day. 

Emergency items can be submitted from now until the close of Congress itself. For more information on how to submit an emergency Congress Agenda item for 2022, read our guidance and access our submission form.

The full rules for how the business of Congress is managed is set out here.

The agreed agenda for Congress 2022 is:

Protecting the title ‘Nurse’ (Resolution)
Submitted by the Nurses in Management and Leadership Forum
That this meeting of RCN Congress calls on RCN Council to lobby legislators to protect the title 'Nurse' in the UK.

Nursing leadership (Resolution)
Submitted by the RCN Wales Board
That this meeting of RCN Congress asks RCN Council to lobby all governments across the UK to recognise and champion the contribution and impact of nurse leadership at all levels from the bedside to the boardroom as demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial hardship (Matter for Discussion)
Submitted by the RCN Public Health Forum 
That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the role of nursing in addressing financial hardship and poverty.

Overworking (Resolution)
Submitted by the RCN Inner North Central London Branch
That this meeting of RCN Congress urges RCN Council to investigate the impact on the health and wellbeing of members working over their shift or contracted hours.

Safe staffing (Matter for Discussion)
Submitted by the RCN Public Health Forum
That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the successes and impact of the RCN Staffing for Safe and Effective Care campaign.

Location for care (Matter for Discussion)
Submitted by the RCN Children and Young People’s Specialist Care Forum
That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the appropriate location for care. 

COVID-19 (Matter for Discussion)
Submitted by the RCN Suffolk Branch
That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the nursing workforce.

Long COVID (Resolution)
Submitted by the RCN Nurses in Management and Leadership Forum
That this meeting of RCN Congress asks RCN Council to campaign for nursing staff with Long COVID to receive equitable and effective support.

Health ability passports (Resolution)
Submitted by the RCN Eastern Board
That this meeting of RCN Congress asks RCN Council to lobby the UK Government to make health ability passports compulsory for the nursing workforce.

Inequality (Matter for Discussion)
Submitted by the RCN South East Board
That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses inequalities in the diagnosis and treatment of ethnically diverse people.

Ethical overseas recruitment (Resolution)
Submitted by the RCN Outer North West London Branch
That this meeting of RCN Congress urges RCN Council to lobby employers to formulate Human Resource policies for ethical overseas recruitment of nursing staff, with transparent terms and conditions of employment. 

Workforce (Matter for Discussion)
Submitted by the RCN Greater Liverpool & Knowsley Branch
That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses how the RCN can influence health sector employers to shift their culture of managing their nursing workforce as a cost centre rather than the core service delivering the key component of their business.

Agenda for Change (Resolution)
Submitted by the RCN Greater Liverpool & Knowsley Branch
That this meeting of RCN Congress calls on RCN Council to conduct an immediate review of Agenda for Change to establish whether it is fit for purpose.

Access to care (Matter for Discussion)
Submitted by the RCN East Kent Branch
That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the difficulties that transgender, gender non-binary and gender diverse individuals can face in accessing care and treatment.

Safe injecting facilities (Resolution)
Submitted by the RCN Public Health Forum
That this meeting of RCN Congress calls on RCN Council to lobby UK Government to support the introduction of safer injecting facilities across the UK.

Digital consultations (Matter for Discussion)
Submitted by the RCN General Practice Nursing Forum
That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the impact of digital consultations on nursing and health care.

Digital leadership (Resolution)
Submitted by the RCN eHealth Forum
That this meeting of RCN Congress calls on RCN Council to show support for introducing and embedding clinical digital leadership roles across the health and social care sectors.

Future Nurse Standards (Matter for Discussion)
Submitted by the RCN Mental Health Forum
That this meeting of RCN Congress reflects on the impact of the NMC's Future Nurse Standards on mental health nurse education across the UK.

Supernumerary status (Resolution)
Submitted by the RCN Students Committee
That this meeting of RCN Congress asks RCN Council to lobby for the protection of supernumerary status for nursing students.

Compassion fatigue (Matter for Discussion)
Submitted by the RCN Norfolk Branch
That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses if there should be increased awareness of compassion fatigue, and its potential impact, not only on the delivery of patient care but also on leadership within the workforce.

Overseas nurses (Resolution)
Submitted by the RCN Suffolk Branch
That this meeting of RCN Congress calls on RCN Council to produce a strategy for the recognition of the skills of, and the development needs of overseas nurses coming to work in the UK and how they might be better supported.

Assisted dying (Resolution)
Submitted by the RCN Wales Board
That this meeting of RCN Congress asks RCN Council to review the 2014 RCN position statement on assisted dying.

Prison nursing (Matter for Discussion)
Submitted by the RCN Nurses in Justice and Forensic Health Care Forum
That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the impact of prisoners’ complex health needs on prison nursing.

Intergenerational fairness (Matter for Discussion)
Submitted by the RCN Suffolk Branch
That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses intergenerational fairness and its relevance to, and impact on, nurses and nursing.

Debates

We run approximately 30 debates during Congress:

  • Each debate runs for a maximum of 25 minutes, but the Chair may decide to amend the timings of the debates as appropriate.
  • The proposer has five minutes to introduce the debate from their perspective.
  • Resolutions are seconded with a two-minute supporting statement.
  • Speakers are then given two minutes each to put forward their opinions.
  • The proposer returns to close the discussion after which the vote is held.

Any RCN member can speak in a debate. It’s a fantastic opportunity for you to get your voice heard, and it’s crucial for a good debate that as wide a cross-section of views as possible is heard. It can be a daunting experience, but you’ll soon discover that all speakers – especially those taking the microphone for the first time – receive a very warm welcome.

Page last updated - 26/04/2022