2019 has got off to a flying start

 Estephanie Dunn 11 Mar 2019 Safe staffing

Last month, myself, along with RCN North West Operational Manager Paul Wood, rep Maggy Heaton and member Joe O’Grady attending a planning workshop in HQ. It is now our job to take the messages back to our local membership and gather their thoughts about what this campaign needs. 

A regional event is planned on Friday 5 April. There are only 30 spaces for this event so you need to be quick in registering your interest.  As a member led organisation, we listen to our members. And you said that you wanted your voice to be heard. We need you to share the challenges you face every day to deliver the best possible patient care in the most difficult of circumstances and help us develop and deliver a strong regional and national campaign. 

The ongoing uncertainty around Brexit has seen EU nurses leaving the NHS in their droves. Whilst this is just one of the contributing factors to staffing shortages in our NHS Trusts, it is one that is placing significant and unprecedented pressure on already stretched services. 

EU nurses contribute significantly to the regions health and social care and bring with them a huge range of skills, expertise and knowledge.  The early impact of losing this valuable part of our workforce is affecting organisations and we are monitoring the issues)

We are continuing to publicly ask for an extension to article 50 to allow for a People’s Vote (second referendum on the final Brexit deal) as per our mandate from Congress 2018. 

We have recently been working with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to launch a campaign to promote, celebrate, engage with and inform the current and future nursing workforce in the North West region whilst addressing the shortfall in some of the 5,000 nurse vacancies across the region.

There will be three parts to the campaign, each focusing on one of the three STP footprints within the region:

Greater Manchester
Cheshire and Merseyside
Lancashire and South Cumbria 

Greater Manchester has expressed an interest in working with us and initial discussions are underway so keep an eye out for further updates.

After lengthy negotiations, the RCN is in the process of balloting our Isle of Man members about a three-year pay offer made by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and I would urge you to have your say. 

2019 promises to an exciting and challenging year and I look forward to working with all of our members. 

Estephanie Dunn

Estephanie Dunn

Regional Director, RCN North West

Estephanie Dunn has a lifelong background in nursing, spanning the independent sector and NHS. Prior to becoming Regional Director for the RCN North West Region in August 2014, Estephanie worked as the Operational Manager for the RCN’s Northern Region.


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