Each year, Congress debates around 25 subjects, all of which have been submitted by members, covering clinical, staffing, financial, social and political areas. These issues are often reported in the media direct from Congress, and they lead to wide-ranging work carried out by the RCN, often lasting for many years.
The whole process is led by the Congress agenda committee. Any RCN member is entitled to contribute to debates in the hall.
There are two types of debate:
Resolutions –RCN members vote on resolutions and a majority vote directs the future work of the RCN
Matter for discussion –these allow members to explore issues and share views, but no vote is called.
There will also be debates on emergency agenda items. These items can be submitted at any point up to and during Congress, and reflect the most pressing professional and political issues.
Each RCN branch and forum is allocated a certain number of votes, depending on their size. This helps to ensure that the whole RCN membership is represented in the vote.
We aim to cover about seven debates each day, however the programme of debates may not run to plan to allow for emergency resolutions to be accommodated within the schedule.
All RCN members are able to enter the hall. Branch, forum and representative committees select voting members to vote on their behalf.
The main business of Congress – debates on Resolutions and Matters for Discussion – is generated entirely by RCN members. Submissions have now closed and will be reviewed by the Agenda Committee at their meeting on 22 and 23 January.
The agenda will be approved by Council at its meeting on 3 February and then published on the RCN website.
An emergency agenda item must be on an issue or topic which has arisen since the closing date for agenda items which was on January 6 2020.
Any emergency items submitted before Congress will be considered by the Agenda Committee at their meeting immediately before Congress week. The Agenda Committee meets twice daily during Congress to consider emergency items submitted through the week.
What is the agenda committee?
The RCN agenda committee compiles the Congress agenda, contributes to the planning of the event and runs Congress on behalf of RCN Council. Its members - including the Chair of Council and Chief Executive & General Secretary - meet twice a day during Congress to consider any emergency resolutions which have been submitted.
The agenda committee provides a vital link between delegates and the Chair and Vice-Chair of Congress, and advises them on your thoughts and opinions. Agenda committee members are always happy to answer your questions and provide advice to help you participate in debates.