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Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!

Nicky Hughes 6 Jan 2022

Nicky Hughes, Associate Director of Nursing (Employment Relations), RCN Wales, shares her thanks and thoughts in her first blog of 2022

I want to wish you all a very happy and healthy new year! I hope you did get chance over the festive season to have some time out to rest and spend time with your loved ones.

I don’t know about you, but this feels like ground hog day (or year!). I am sure some of you are feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what the next few weeks or months hold. You have all stepped up again and again throughout the pandemic and I wanted to assure you that we are doing all we can to make certain that Welsh Government and Employers are doing everything to keep you safe and that your health and wellbeing is at the forefront of all they do. Safe nurses mean safe patients.

Remember you are doing an amazing job in the most challenging circumstances, so it is essential to look after yourselves by ensuring you take sufficient rest and keep refuelled and rehydrated during your shifts.

I thought I would share two resources that we have been working on for you to use in your daily clinical work to keep you and your patients safe and to assist you in raising concerns.

The first is a COVID-19 workplace Risk assessment toolkit

With the emergence of the Omicron variant, it was time to ensure that the resources provided were up to date and this toolkit has been further developed with that in mind. Designed for leaders, managers, and healthcare workers, the aim of this resource is to support you to consider and manage risks particularly related to COVID-19 and help local decision making regarding the PPE required within your clinical area. 

The second is a resource regarding unsustainable pressures.

We appreciate that with the current demand and staffing pressures, difficult decisions are being made every day on how to deploy staff to ensure that patients receive safe and effective care. This resource is designed to support you by providing advice and guidance on COVID-19; clinical resources regarding your professional responsibilities and information on how to raise concerns with template letters that you can use.

Thank you for everything you do to make sure that patients receive the best possible care. Please take care of yourselves and if you need help, please contact us.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the resources above. You can tweet me – @nichughes1 – or email

Take care and stay safe


Nicky Hughes

Associate Director of Nursing (Employment Relations) RCN Wales

Nicky has 30 years experience of working in the NHS in the specialities of inpatient acute medicine and the community setting, where she managed frontline services such as District Nursing, Prison Nursing, and those caring for the homeless and asylum seekers. In addition she commissioned care from the nursing home sector.

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