HCAs and APs at RCN Congress

Congress 2014

Congress 2014 took place on 15-19 June 2014 at the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre.  The Health Practitioner Committee were involved in many of the debates and presented a matter for discussion on the nursing team. The committee ran a very well attended evening event entitled “Portion Distortion” with colleagues from the Public Health forum. They were fully integrated into every aspect of Congress 2014 and supported the RCN stand in the exhibition hall. Further information about Congress can be found on the Congress page.

Congress 2013

This year was the first time that our Health Practitioner committee members were voting, and they made sure their voices were heard. There was great support in the hall for mandatory regulation of HCSWs and this showed clearly several times throughout the week.

HCAs and APs were offered a choice of joining in with the main Congress programme or dipping in and out of three days of sessions running alongside the main events. There was a welcome session in the morning, with speakers from NHS England and a slot on making Congress work for you, and several  workshops in the afternoons on a range of topics including cancer care, learning disability and criminal justice nursing, diabetes and patient safety. The workshop presentations are available to download below.  

So a very different flavour to Congress this year, and definitely a huge step in the direction of full integration. For those of you who spoke to the committee and Council members, your comments will be discussed at the next committee meeting. We will also be discussing next year’s Congress and how best to provide you, our HCA and AP members with an experience that meets your needs. If you do have any ideas for next year please email hca@rcn.org.uk

Although Congress is over, you can still access all the debates and news on our Congress page