As your Board Chair and Council member it was a privilege to represent you and meet so many of you. As always, we had a great turnout from the North West with more than 100 voting members attending and many of these were funded directly from our Board funds.
We have always had a very strong presence at Congress and I was particularly proud with the lunchtime protest against unsafe staffing that our Vice Chair Maggy Heaton helped to organise. It was lovely to see so many of you contribute to the debates and the social and fringe events and I was especially pleased to see so many first-time speakers from the North West.It was also encouraging to engage with several student members and I hope that Congress has inspired them to become more involved with the RCN whether it be to support the ongoing campaigns or to become a Student Information Officer.
If you’ve seen all the photos and watched online from home and feel you have missed out; it’s not too early to register for Congress 2020! It takes place in Liverpool from 7-11 June 2020 and you can register by visiting the website.
Prior to Congress, I was fortunate enough to be one of two Council members to represent the RCN at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace along with a number of grassroots members including RCNi award winners. This gave us all the opportunity to showcase the valuable work the RCN does as well as highlight the incredible work of the nursing workforce.
Over the next few months we will be planning the next stages of the Safe Staffing campaign and it is clear that this is one of the top priorities for members, for RCN staff and for RCN Council at the moment. We have made some progress but there is much more to do and I would encourage you to get involved by talking to your local representatives and by getting involved in your local branch.