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2021 Retrospective at RCN Wales: Thank you

Helen Whyley 22 Dec 2021

A huge thank you from Helen Whyley, RCN Wales Director, as we look back on a busy year of campaigning and supporting our members

As we near the end of 2021, I feel proud and honoured to acknowledge the hard work, commitment, and resilience of our RCN Wales representatives. Once again, COVID-19 has continued to challenge us in the most relentless of ways. Our profession has been instrumental in the biggest mass vaccine rollout Wales has ever seen, put itself at risk every day saving lives, adapted its knowledge across all specialities and carried out all of this under unsustainable workforce pressures.

RCN Wales representatives have stepped up in an extraordinary effort to lead on the Fair Pay for Nursing campaign. Many of you were out on hospital sites during our consultative and indicative ballots this year, handing out our care boxes, sharing our fair pay for nursing materials and ultimately being the best ambassadors for the campaign. You continued to show resilience and determination for the voice of nursing and fought your corner on NHS pay amongst everything else going on in your lives.

As representatives you are natural born leaders: key decision makers, imparting your knowledge and experience to others. For these reasons and, as we have seen throughout the fair pay for nursing campaign, we know that both public and political engagement is key and on behalf of RCN Wales, I am grateful for your commitment to this aspect of the campaign.

Let’s look back on some of the highlights of what has been an incredible journey of campaigning, one that we will continue relentlessly we get the results our members deserve. I believe in a fair pay rise that reflects the until safety critical work nursing staff does and we understand the vital link between fair pay and workforce retention which ensures safer, healthier workplaces. 

Fair Pay for Nursing Campaign journey on Twitter

RCN members' silent protest at the Senedd for Fair Pay for Nursing

Read the news story on 'NHS pay in Wales: results of indicative ballots on industrial action announced'

Once again, thank you for your amazing contribution, across our campaigns and all your other roles as representatives: supporting members, conducting safety assessments, helping members to revalidate, working in partnership with your employers and so much more. I hope you get the opportunity to mark the festive period spending quality time with loved ones.

Helen Whyley

Helen Whyley

Director, RCN Wales

Helen Whyley is the Director and Welsh Board Secretary for the Royal College of Nursing in Wales.  Helen is also currently Chair of the All Wales Trade Union Group, Welsh NHS Partnership Forum. Helen previously worked in the office of the Welsh Government’s Chief Nursing Officer from 2011. 

Helen’s career with the RCN in Wales originally started in 1999. Her clinical background is in intensive care, she worked in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.  


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