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Leading Nursing Shaping Care

We carry the torch

Find out how you can influence politicians in Wales on the most pressing issues to the nursing profession in Wales today.

We campaign on the most important nursing issues in Wales on behalf of you, our members! 

We want what is best for our nurses and healthcare support workers in Wales.

Implementing and extending the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016

Our members campaigned hard, sent postcards, signed petitions and gave evidence at the National Assembly for Wales to make the case for legislation.

We now need to work with the Welsh Government and build on the success of the passing of this historic Act. 

We need to be fully involved in its implementation, responding to public consultations on the comprehensive guidance to be issued to Health Boards. 

We also look forward to the extension of the Act to other core areas, such as mental health, maternity and children’s nursing.

Investment in Nursing Education

Education is the foundation of a nurse. 

Education persists throughout their career. 

Education is fundamental to achieving a highly skilled, motivated and engaged workforce which strives constantly to improve patient care.

It is essential that nurses and health care support workers are constantly and consistently supported through education and training to be able to meet changing service needs and new models of care.

The next generation of nurses need an education which is future-proofed, with accessible, fair and sustainable funding, and sustainable workforce planning for the NHS and the independent sector.

Value Nursing

There has been a 14% real terms fall in nursing pay since 2010. 

Investing in nursing, through a fair pay agreement, good terms and conditions, and access to continuing professional development will benefit people receiving care.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential to nursing, and we want to raise the issues of career structure and CPD for both nurses and health care support workers, especially in the independent sector and in primary care.

Overall numbers of employed NHS nurses are static. We have sharp shortages of registered nurses in fields such as neonatal nursing and children's nursing in the community.

Nurse Leadership at every level

Leadership in nursing is critical to empowering nurses, improving outcomes for patients, and maximising potential in those who plan, manage and most importantly, deliver care. 

Nursing leadership is at the heart of every aspect of the profession. 

Clinical Leadership empowers nurses to reflect on practice, improve care and adopt innovative approaches. 

Interpersonal leadership should provide nurses with the ability to communicate with, trust and support each other. 

Nurses must have access to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), which includes opportunities to develop leadership skills.

We regularly meet with Assembly Members, Members of Parliament and health organisation officials to discuss the latest health policy issues in Wales, such as fair pay, access to continuing professional development, and student nurse bursaries

Our influencing ranges from meeting face-to-face with decision makers, to providing professional advice and evidence to Government committees. 

We are also involved in a wide range of influencing activities, including...

Political Leadership Programme

Every year, RCN Wales offers a training opportunity for nurses to develop their influencing skills and expand their knowledge of how health and social care policy is made.

It gives a chance for participants to:

  • understand the influence of politics on healthcare in Wales
  • develop strategies to shape policy
  • understand the history and context of devolution
  • gain the support of stakeholders
  • improve their leadership skills


We run regular events which provide a prime opportunity for our nurses and health care assistants to learn more about health policy issues and influence decision makers. 

We also host a regular Cross Party Group on Nursing and Midwifery at the National Assembly for Wales, which engages Assembly Members on areas of concern to the College.

We engage with our members through many events, such as 

  • educational seminars
  • political party conferences
  • hustings events 


Members and RCN staff provide their professional input on any future policy developments 

We regularly respond to consultations sent out by organisations such as the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, and local health boards. 

This could be on issues as diverse as childhood obesity and organ and tissue donation, to Welsh Language provision in social services and the duty of candour in the workplace. 

Over the past five years we have responded to 185 consultations!

Celebrating Nurses across Wales

Nursing is a tremendously rewarding career. Giving care is always challenging – that’s why it’s so important to take a moment or two to recognise and celebrate good nursing care.

Find out more

RCN Wales Policy office