I have just returned from an extremely successful Congress which was back in the region after a short break. The North West successfully submitted four items for the agenda and these provided lively and thought provoking discussions. Our members also led on a protest, demanding staffing for safe and effective care and members from all four countries stood side by side to raise awareness of our campaign. To ensure you’re kept informed about developments, register for updates.We were also delighted to welcome our new President Anne-Marie Rafferty to the region when she visited Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust alongside Senior Regional Officer Andy Law, where Chief Nurse Gaynor Westray and her team showcased how their use of innovative technology is improving their ways of working and efficiency. The RCN is looking for members who would like to take more of an active role within the organisations as the RCN council election process is open. We are a member-led organisation and your contribution is vital to ensure that the nursing voice is heard. Visit the election section on the website for further information. If you are interested in running for council and wish to know more about it, contact the regional office for further information.
There have also been considerable developments over on the Isle of Man. Chief executive Dr Malcolm Couch and his deputy, executive director of health and care, Michaela Morris, left their positions with immediate effect in May. The reason given for the abrupt departures is appointing a new leadership team to oversee the 26 recommendations in the Sir Jonathan Michael review. The RCN is continuing to monitor this transformation.
We are planning several events over the coming months for our members across the region including our Black History Month celebrations, Children and Young People’s Health event, and regional conference. Alongside our regional events, we also have events specifically for our HP and SIO members, along with our rep development sessions. For more information on all of these opportunities, visit the events page on our website. I look forward to seeing you.