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RCN Eastern Region


RCN members working in Essex will automatically become a member of the Essex branch. The area includes major NHS trusts covering Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and the Princess Alexandra in Harlow, as well as independent sector providers and care homes.

Getting involved in your local branch is a great way of getting your voice heard at the RCN as well as accessing many learning and development events. The branch holds county conferences four times a year where a wide range of speakers are invited to talk on nursing matters. It is also a good opportunity to network with other members and discuss important issues. Visit the events page to find details for all your branch county conferences and other events happening across Eastern region.

The branch is always looking for local RCN members to get involved in our work, including taking part in campaigns to help expand the profile of nursing and highlight issues which matter to nurses.

For more information about how to get involved in your local branch please contact the regional office on

Essex county conference

Essex County Conference - 30 March 2016

At the latest Essex County Conference the branch decided to give something back to the local community by asking those who attended to bring donations for the local food bank. Around 100 items – appropriate for the RCN’s centenary year – were collected and the manager from the Harlow Food Bank was delighted as he attended to take the food away.
The main speaker at the meeting at the Latton Bush Centre in Harlow was Becs Manning, a Nurse and Chief Executive of Happy To Be CIC. Happy To Be is a diversity company whose aim is to promote improved mental health and socio economic outcomes for the LGBT community. Members enjoyed a lively discussion after Becs’ presentation on her own transgender journey. She would like to work further with the RCN and is looking at ways to increase awareness of transgender issues within the RCN membership.