RCN Congress is the most important event of its type in the nursing calendar. It is where nursing staff meet to learn, develop and share nursing practice and to influence nursing and health care policy.
How much it costs to attend
Congress is free to attend, however you will need to consider the costs for your travel and accommodation.
Funding to attend Congress
There are two ways that RCN members can receive funding to attend Congress:
- As a voting member. Funds are allocated to each branch and forum in proportion to the size of their membership, allowing them to send members to vote on their behalf in debates. Applications to attend Congress 2020 as a voting members are now open. Find out more here.
- Via your RCN country or regional board. Information about this funding will be released via email, from their website pages or look at the Congress news section.
Assistance whenever you need it
Members of the agenda committee, who lead Congress on the members’ behalf, and RCN Council (our governing body which has overall responsibility for Congress) are at Congress all week and would be delighted to meet and guide you. They are seated at the front of the auditorium during debates. You will be able to recognise the members of the agenda committee by their polo shirts.
You’ll never be far away from an RCN member of staff – they are there primarily to help you make the most of your time at Congress. Help is always available at the registration desk, the Information Hub and on the RCN Stand in the Exhibition Hall.
We have produced a video to help you understand what to expect during debates, as well as a chance to see what it feels like to speak at the podium.
When you arrive at Congress, you’ll get a comprehensive Congress Guide, which contains all the finer details of Congress including background information on the debates, locations, maps and timings. You will also receive a personalised information booklet through the post in the weeks leading up to the event.
We are pleased to provide you with a free accommodation booking service through Liverpool Convention Bureau. This is a flexible service which allows you to book accommodation to suit your needs and budget. Special rates have been negotiated at a number of hotels close to the conference venue.
As rooms and rates are guaranteed until 29th May 2019 it is advisable to book accommodation early. After this date it may not be possible to book rooms at these rates for these hotels.
If you wish to make a group booking, or you are experiencing any difficulties in completing your booking online, please contact the Liverpool Convention Bureau team at email@example.com or on 00 44 (0) 151 233 5933.
These exclusive rates are only available when booked via Liverpool Convention Bureau.The website will close 1 week before the event and the release date for hotels is 6 weeks before (26th April 2020).
Q Parks is offering 10% off parking across 6 different locations in the city centre during RCN Congress. The discount code is: MEETLIV10, Find out more at the Q park website.
A free crèche service is available to members throughout Congress which will be operated by Tinies. This is based at Jurys Inn, 31 Keel Wharf, Liverpool, L3 4FN, On arrival please make your way to Suite 1 which will be clearly signposted.
Please note this must be booked in advance and one form should be submitted per child. To book, contact the RCN Registrations Team at RCNDEventsRegistration@rcn.org.uk. Advanced booking is essential and bookings will close on Wednesday 6 May.Please not that any booking received after this date are not guaranteed.
Sunday 7 June - 2.00- 18.00
Monday 8 June - 08.00- 18.00
Tuesday 9 June - 08.00- 18.00
Wednesday 10 June - 08.00- 18.00
Thursday 11 June - 08.00- 18.00
An evening babysitting service can be booked from 7.30 until 11. Please note this is a not a free service but MUST be pre-booked prior to Congress. A fee is chargeable if the service is cancelled on the day.
Filming and recording
RCN Congress and Exhibition is recorded and broadcast in a number of ways.
The recording may be webcast, put on a blog, or otherwise disseminated by others.
By attending Congress, you will be part of the filming. If you do not wish to have your comments recorded or broadcast, please make your points privately before the session/event – please contact the Agenda Committee or event host for help if required.
The RCN reserves the right to reproduce any of these recordings in print and multi-media materials of the RCN’s choosing in the future.
Photographers will also be present at Congress. Photos taken may be used as part of the communications for the RCN in a number of media, including print and web. These photos will be added to the photographic library of the RCN. The RCN commits to using all pictures and video appropriately and sensitively.
If you do not wish your photo to be taken or used in this way, please inform the photographer immediately.