Hitting the ground running

 Dave Dawes 11 Mar 2019 Safe staffing

I will be working tirelessly on your behalf as your Council Member and Chair of the North West Board over the next year and we have already seen some important changes in the way that Council is working.

I campaigned to increase the openness and transparency of Council and Board meetings and this week we piloted our first ever video live stream of a Council meeting and we are planning for these to continue. We are also publishing our Council agendas in advance so that members can see what issues are coming up and are reviewing our openness and transparency policy so that more and more discussions are held in public. Some of this will also cascade to the Board level and we are always happy to have members come and observe Board meetings to find out how we are working on your behalf.

As Estephanie has said, we have hit the ground running in 2019 and recently held a productive board meeting where we discussed the safe staffing campaign and how the region can become involved. I would urge you to register your interest for the event on 5 April as we need your experience to help shape our campaign. 

We are in the process of planning several events throughout the region in the coming months including Nurses Day which you can read about in the newsletter. I would urge you to attend our regional events, where possible, as they are a great way to meet your peers and fellow members. 

We are delighted to welcome Congress back to the region. The agenda has recently been released and not only does it promise to promote lively discussions, but the North West region has successfully submitted four items:

RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary role - That this meeting of Congress directs RCN Council to instigate a review of the joint Chief Executive & General Secretary role with a view to introducing an elected General Secretary. Proposed by the RCN Greater Liverpool and Knowsley Branch. (Resolution)
Bullying - That this meeting of Congress condemns the failure by governments across the UK to introduce legislation to prevent bullying in the workplace and urges RCN Council to insist that this is addressed urgently. Proposed by the RCN Lancashire West Branch. (Resolution)
NHS Pay - That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the role of the NHS Staff Council in delivering fair and adequate pay. Proposed by the RCN Greater Liverpool and Knowsley Branch. (Matter for Discussion)
RCN boards, branches and member engagement - That this meeting of Congress urges RCN Council to review the functions and structures of RCN boards and branches to promote and encourage members to engage with the RCN. Proposed by the RCN Greater Liverpool and Knowsley Branch. (Resolution)

However, we need our members to act as volunteer ambassadors to help us provide a warm and friendly welcome to visitors to Liverpool.

Volunteers will be expected to work one or two shifts across the week doing a whole host of things to make our visitors welcome including being an information point, meet and greet and welcoming our guests. We have members from right across the UK attending and your local knowledge and friendly face will help the event run smoothly in the North West region.

Our Ambassadors will not be working full days so will have the chance to experience Congress as a member. If you’re interested please email the North West regional office with your name, contact details, membership number and what days you are available between Sunday 19 - Thursday 23 May 2019.  

I look forward to seeing you there and if you want to contact me about anything to do with the RCN and how we are working for you, please email me on dave.dawes@rcn.org.uk

Dave Dawes

Dave Dawes

RCN North West Regional Board Chair and RCN Council member

Dave has over 25 years' experience in hospital and community care in both the NHS and in the independent sector. He has been an accredited RCN steward since 1992 and first became a member of the RCN North West Board in 2002. From 2003 to 2005 Dave served on the RCN Agenda Committee, and he is public relations officer for his local branch. He is a visiting lecturer at the Liverpool John Moores University and he is Director of Community Health Innovation in Manchester.

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