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The Devon branch meetings aim to support members in practice, education and continuing development. We are forward thinking and always looking for new ideas, ways of working and developing the branch. We welcome members looking to become more involved, perhaps by becoming an RCN representative or by simply attending meetings and bringing along your passion for nursing and supporting nursing staff in a variety of areas. With such a wide knowledge base and diverse areas of expertise within the branch, we always provide good peer support to all representatives, wherever they work.

Devon branch is the voice of RCN members across Devon, not including the Plymouth or Torbay areas which are covered by other branches. As well as sending delegates to RCN's annual Congress, the branch has representation on the RCN's regional board. We hold regular meetings where we discuss issues of concern to local members. As a member you are invited to attend our monthly branch meetings. If you have a problem in your workplace, please contact your local steward in the first instance, or call RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100.

Branch meetings

Devon branch meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month. 

Come along to find out more about what we do and have your voice heard. If you would like more information, or to book your place, please email Kevin Hickson:

We plan to have different topics for each session. If you are interested in any topic which you would like us to cover, please feel free to contact Kevin, and we will endeavour to facilitate this. 

Extraordinary general meetings on the NHS pay deal offer

Please attend one of our three extraordinary branch meeting to discuss the three-year NHS pay deal on offer - we are holding three to enable you to attend whichever is nearest or more convenient for you. It is vital you get a chance to hear about the detail of the deal and ask questions before you vote on whether to accept it or not. You will be able to vote from 23 April until 5 June. The RCN is recommending you vote to accept the offer, but we would like you to come and discover exactly why, and have a chance to tell us your views too.

Meeting dates

  • 6 February (RCN office) 'Meeting the Health Needs of People with Learning Disabilities': Katy Welsh. Primary Care Liaison Team Manager, Devon Partnership NHS Trust.
  • 6 March (Buckerell Lodge) 'A Stitch in Time: sharpening our suturing techniques - a practice session'. Clare Parkinson. Senior nurse practitioner, dermatology.
  • 3 April (RCN office). Self-neglect and hoarding in adults: a Devon branch talk by Claire Bergfeld, nurse specialist and community RN, QN (Exeter).
  • 1 May (Buckerell Lodge) 'Too Busy to Care? Mindfulness skills for nursing staff'. Kevin Hickson, mindfulness practitioner
  • 5 June (RCN office)  'Skin Cancer Awareness - staying safe in the sun'. Clare Parkinson
  • 3 July (Buckerell Lodge) Speaker / subject to be decided. If you have any ideas please let us know. 
  • 7 August (RCN office). Speaker / subject TBC
  • 4 September (Buckerell Lodge) Guest speaker: RCN President Cecilia Anim. 
  • 6 November 6th (Buckerell Lodge) Speaker / subject TBC
  • 4 December 4 (RCN office). Christmas meeting - speaker to be confirmed.

We are active in all areas of the NHS and private sector in and around the Exeter and North Devon area. 

All RCN members who work in Devon are welcome to attend our branch meetings. Come and meet the team and influence your local RCN.

Branch executive committee

Chair: Martin Tuckett
Secretary: Christine Lamplough 
Treasurer: Clare Parkinson
Clinical services review (CSR) lead: Jeni Watts 
Local learning event lead: Kevin Hickson

Stay in touch on social media

You can request to join our closed RCN Devon branch Facebook group and follow us on Twitter @RCNDevon.

Others will be able to see a list of members but unless you are a member you will not be able to see the posts within the group.

You can also follow the RCN South West region on Twitter: @RCNSWComms and like the RCN South West Facebook page

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