Bernell Bussue has been Regional Director at RCN London since 2005. Bernell has a clinical background in cardio-thoracic and intensive care nursing and spent five years working in the Middle East earlier in his career, returning to the UK private sector and later to the NHS where he held senior positions managing surgery and orthopaedic units, before time as an Operations Manager in Child & Adolescent Mental Health.
Regional Director's Message...
Happy Easter wishes to you all. Spring is most definitely here and as usual, across London, the RCN and its members are buzzing with activity. We have been impressed with the levels of demand for International Nurses’ Day packs. Events are taking place in workplaces throughout the city. The 12th of May will be especially busy with celebrations also running throughout the preceding and following weeks. Check out our events page for details of what is happening near you. The RCN London team are planning to make it to as many events as we can, so we look forward to seeing many of you there.
The week after Nurses Day is also the RCN’s most exciting time of the year - Congress goes to Liverpool this year. The agenda is now available so you can find out all about what is happening each day, 13 - 17 May. Congress is where we set the agenda for the upcoming year, so it’s essential that our members make their voices heard.
We at RCN London particularly look forward to our annual celebration of the Nurses who have made a particularly noteworthy contribution during the last year. At our special Congress welcome event on Sunday 14 May, we will be awarding the RCN London Region’s Merit Award to a member who has gone that extra mile and more. The deadline for nominations is 21st April, so do not miss the chance to say thank you to someone you think deserves it.
Just before Easter, many were somewhat unsurprised when the Government decided to continue with the 1% cap on nurse pay. However, in response the RCN have decided to poll its members on what the next steps should be – this includes the option of industrial action. The online poll for all members who work in the NHS goes live on 13 April at 10am with the results revealed at Congress. We are a member-led organisation so it is so important that all members take part and decide what action they want to take in the fight for fair pay.
There is undoubtedly a feeling that Nurses and Nursing staff in London are coming under particular pressure as a result of all the changes afoot. Sustainability and Transformation Plans are beginning to be put into practice, and this is translating into changes and closures to services in various locations. We are collecting local intelligence from among members, which we hope will give us a detailed picture of how STPs are impacting the workforce and patient care in the capital. Do get in touch if you have something to share.
We have been welcoming our newest members from the first cohorts of Nursing Associates. RCN London staff are joining the induction programmes of each of the six universities involved in the first and second round of training. The RCN is developing dedicated resources to support new trainees as they transition into their first Nursing Associate roles.
Bernell Bussue, SEN, RMN, RGN, DMS, MBA