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Nursing across social care and independent health services

A significant number of RCN members work for employers independent of the NHS.

Even if you provide NHS services – as a General Practice nurse for example – your pay, terms and conditions of employment will differ to those on NHS Agenda for Change contracts.

This page signposts you to some of our most popular and relevant resources.

The RCN – and all our services, benefits and support - is here for all our members, no matter who you are employed by or whereabouts in the UK you work.

You have the same 365-day-a-year access to our team of highly trained advisors, the same access to Europe’s largest nursing library, the same chance to attend any of our professional events. And the same opportunities to contribute to the RCN’s forums, networks, branches and committees.

Pay, terms and conditions in independent employers

Find information about fair pay, terms and conditions in the independent sector. 

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Independent Health and Social Care Sector strategy

We’ve developed a new strategy for best serving the needs of members working in the independent health and social care sector after RCN Council outlined it as a key priority.

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Key resources

Key guidance

Advice guides - Our practical guides can help you resolve your workplace problems and more.

Clinical guidance - A range of clinical advice and support to help nurses and health care professionals

Subject guides - Information resources on nursing subjects selected by the Royal College of Nursing Library and Archive Service with input from RCN member communities.

Guidance for employers

Employment relations - The RCN works with a range of organisations and our members in providing high quality care to patients and clients.

Employment partnerships - Establishing a formal partnership with the RCN can benefit you and your employees as well as your patients or clients.

RCN Guide to Revalidation for Employers: Mitigating the Risks to Your Business - In this guidance, we aim to outline in practical terms how employers can support and encourage nurses who must revalidate.

Resources for staff in care homes

Care Home Journey - An online resource to support nursing care in older peoples care homes.

Complex conversations and decisions for care home leaders - A series of webinars a four webinars for leaders and managers of care home to support complex and sensitive conversations in nursing practice.

Join the Care Home Network - The Care Home Network provides RCN members with a supportive environment to share best practice, offer solutions and help improve care in nursing homes during the COVID-19 crisis.

Free online learning resources

First Steps - A learning resource to support you either individually – or as part of your workplace induction programme – to learn in your own time, and get you started in your health care career.

End of Life Care and Nursing Wellbeing - A programme providing resources to support the delivery of end of life care to the dying person, their family and carers.

Skin Health Toolkit - An online toolkit that provides you with a set of learning resources to support you with maintaining healthy skin.

Requesting a pay rise

We've developed an editable Request a Pay Rise Template Letter for members to complete, as well as a simple one page RCN Short Pay Survey to complete as preparation before contacting your employer.

Pay offer advice for specific employers

We have bespoke advice pages on recent pay offers from the following employers:

If you have any additional questions, you can get in touch at IndySectorPayCampaign@rcn.org.uk.

General practice nursing resources

General Practice Nursing subject guide - Information and resources related to general practice nursing including books, reports and journal articles.

Medicines management - Guidance and clinical support for nurses and other healthcare professionals on medicines matters in relation to prescribing and administration of medicines.

General Practice Nursing Forum - A forum specifically for RCN members working in the field of general practice.

We're here for you

If you're an RCN member and need help with any aspect of your employment, you can access advice online or contact us direct. We're here to help - wherever you work.

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