RCN pay champion and activist Claire Reynolds has written a poem to the prime minister on behalf of all those campaigning to #scrapthecap on nursing pay. "I wrote it late last night after I got home from work," she said. "I thought of all the hardship we all suffer: the lack of money and the inadequate staffing levels, and it just flowed from there."
The RCN Northern region has delivered two masterclasses on conducting professional investigations, focusing on how investigating officers can conduct effective investigations completed as quickly as possible to the highest standards.
The president of RCN County Durham and Darlington branch, Cate Woolley-Brown, has been appointed as her trust’s Freedom to Speak Up Guardian. Freedom to Speak Up Guardians are a new role that has been introduced nationally.
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has come out of special measures after four years, following a report by the CQC on its visit last December. For the first time, the trust has been rated as ‘good’ overall for providing ‘effective’ services.
With 24,000 nursing vacancies across the country, record numbers of patients requiring care and additional financial pressure of the NHS, our members are increasingly concerned about the impact that low staffing levels and high demand are having on patient care and safety. In this issue we take you through how to raise any concerns you may have safely. We also report on the RCN lobby of MPs prior to a parliamentary debate on nursing pay, and Northern members representing the region at the recent 'It's our NHS' march in London.
Our members will be shocked by today’s reports that NHS England has told Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to underreport its financial situation by more than £35 million.
The December issue of the Northern region newsletter is out.
The November issue of the Northern region newsletter is out.
A consultation affecting the way services are delivered in Cumbria is open until 19 December. The RCN Northern region is seeking member feedback on the proposals suggested by the West, North and East Cumbria success regime.
The RCN Northern board has two vacancies for which nominations are open until 4.30pm on 5 December.