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How we’re keeping you safe at Congress

To the Royal College of Nursing, nothing is more important than the safety of its members, staff and colleagues.

That is why we are determined to make sure that everybody coming to Glasgow for Congress 2022 has the enriching, rewarding and safe experience we all deserve.

This will be the first Congress since 2019. If you’ve been to RCN Congress before, you can expect the familiarity and comfort of the best of Congress. But you will notice important changes too.

If you have a concern, it will be treated with the immediacy, severity and respect it deserves.

You will remember that just weeks before the event we took the decision not to meet in person. It was tough but we acted fast in the face of serious allegations of sexual harassment and with external legal advice. 

After a review of our policies and new measures for Congress 2022, we are able to hold Congress in person. We ask for the support of every attendee to uphold the reputation of the nursing profession and ensure that the safety of every attendee is paramount in everything we do.

Before, during and after the event we will be reminding all attendees of the requirements of the NMC Code, the RCN Code of Conduct and the RCN Respect Charter and values they represent. 

From Sunday’s Annual General Meeting and the opening of Congress, you will hear these messages reiterated from the main stage by the RCN’s member and staff leadership.

There is a new zero tolerance approach. As nursing staff, you will share our view on the importance of safety. Verbal or physical abuse, coercion, sexual harassment, discrimination or any other form of inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated. 

In Glasgow, our Congress will be supported by external experts in event safety and management. They will be very visible around the main venue and you will be able to seek advice at any point while on the Congress site. They will know how to treat this information and how to escalate your concerns. 

The main venue will have a ‘safe room’ where members can go if they wish to move to a place of safety on the site. The room will be clearly marked and will have RCN staff with safeguarding training to deal with even the most challenging situations. 

When you’re at official Congress events at the main venue or around the city, you will notice that the RCN is not providing alcohol to attendees. Our attendees are able to make their own decisions about moderate consumption of alcohol but our Council made the decision that RCN members money should not be utilised in this way. There will always be senior RCN staff present at these events too. 

When you arrive at your Congress hotel - and around the venue - you will find advice on personal safety and how to reach us any time of day or night. If you are worried, you are actively encouraged to tell us. 

There will be a phone line, open 24/7 during Congress, where you can speak to a trained and independent advisor. Similarly, an external email address will be available for the week. 

You can also contact Victim Support Scotland on 0800 160 1985 and the Samaritans on 116 123. 

If you are raising concerns, or supporting anybody else to do so, you will be informed about the action being taken and, where necessary, signposted to further services or the Police. 

Congress 2022 will be memorable for all the right reasons. It will be a fantastic week of debate, learning and inspiring speakers. Keeping us all safe in Glasgow is everybody’s business and we thank you in advance for the support you have shown us.

While COVID rules and regulations have been lifted, the virus has not gone away. 

We are asking members to follow the Scottish Government’s guidance and use ‘COVID sense’ to protect yourself and others. 

This includes: 

  • wearing a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport 
  • regular hand washing and sanitising
  • maintaining a distance from others. Look out for people wearing a Distance Aware badge or lanyard 
  • taking a test and staying at home if you have symptoms of COVID-19*.

The RCN and the SEC have taken the following steps to protect all attendees throughout the venue. 

  • An enhanced fresh air ventilation system. 
  • Plenty of circulation and seating space so you can distance from others. 
  • Frequent hand sanitiser stations. 
  • Face coverings available for those who wish to wear them.

Help us to care for you and others and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Find out more about the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 guidance.

*If you test positive or have symptoms during Congress, please let us know by emailing congress.bookings@rcn.org.uk or calling 029 20 546 460. We will then get in touch will you to provide support. Lateral flow tests will be available from the registration desk and information hub.

We are recommending that members undertake a test before attending Congress. However, evidence of a negative test or your vaccination status will not be required to attend Congress.

Please do not travel to or attend Congress if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 even if you have had a negative test result.

Page last updated - 20/05/2022