On Thursday 14 February the RCN launched its England collaborative, a group who will be the key players in fighting for safe and effective staffing in England and Northern Ireland, the two remaining countries in the United Kingdom who are yet to have any safe and effective staffing legislation.
I was first to respond to the call for members to attend from the South West, along with Plymouth representative Vicky Brotherton and Regional Officer Lynn Batson. The day consisted of us brainstorming ideas around what instruments we would need to begin this campaign.
It was also acknowledged how vital it is that for this campaign to be truly effective a powerful and collective regional voice is needed.
Each of the regions within England will be holding a ‘Staffing for safe and effective staffing’ event. This event is open to any member. The South West event is on Thursday 21 March in Taunton.
All members have been invited by email or you can find details on Facebook or on the RCN South West webpages.
Safe and effective staffing is needed in every health and social care environment. Whether you are working in an independent nursing home or in the NHS, acute or community, having the right skill mix of staff, registered and non-registered professionals, matters.
On a daily basis each and every one of us will have experienced a shift that would have been made easier with a workforce that was equipped for the demands placed upon it. I urge you to attend your regional campaign event on Thursday 21 March and let you voice be heard in what promises to be an exciting, critical campaign led by the RCN membership.