And the last day is upon us

 Geoffrey Walker 23 May 2019

The rural health care debate was impassioned and hard hitting, Jodie Ashford, one of our Devon students and Martin Tuckett, also from Devon, spoke to the resolution from personal experience.

South West members at Congress in the auditorium

There followed a great discussion on ethical employment. Do we know who supplies us? What are their working conditions? We need to know and care and this came across in a great debate.

We then moved to a hard hitting debate on sexual harassment. Powerful speakers! We have to have zero tolerance for harassment and the media must stop sexualising heath care workers.

Further debates on learning disability and personal care this afternoon and we race towards the end of what has been a truly magnificent Congress.

This has been my first Congress as Council member for the region and it has been a fantastic whirlwind of activity. I have been so proud of delegates from the region who have brought their experience and passion to the floor as they have spoken out for our profession, their services and our patients.

This week I have been told by nursing colleagues that they are coming away from RCN Congress reinvigorated and energised by the Congress experience, despite the exhausting pace of the conference. I go home tired but totally exhilarated by the energy of our members.

Thank you all.

Geoffrey Walker, Chair of RCN Dorset Branch

Geoffrey Walker

RCN Council member for the South West and Chair of the RCN Dorset branch


Geoffrey trained at the West Cumberland hospital before heading south to Poole.

He is currently a matron at Poole Hospital and has been for 14 years. He has a large remit with over 500 staff and more than 22 departments.

He has been an RCN member for 30 years and is also an active steward within his trust.

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