On Thursday [14 February 2019] I attended the launch of the Staffing for Safe and Effective Care (England) Campaign – the stated primary aim of which is to “Understand and commit to working together as equal partners in the co-production of an England campaign on staffing for safe and effective care”. In other words, a member-inclusive approach to policy making within our RCN.
This idea and this way of working is a novel one for our RCN, where policy making is usually a top down process, albeit often dictated by Congress. This new, inclusive approach – spearheaded by Patricia Marquis, the Interim England Director, is not only novel and brave but reflects the current demands within our RCN for a more member-centric approach and while not member-led is certainly giving members an equal input. Each region is represented by one RCN member of staff, one rep and one member and the work begun on Thursday as a national group - underpinned by test programmes carried out in three regions - will continue regionally among the smaller groups. The South East event is on 1 April and we will update you on our next steps then.
Make no mistake, this decision to be more inclusive of members’ opinions is highly significant and marks a radical departure for our RCN and I welcome it unreservedly. Like all new ideas, I have no doubt that there will be mis-steps along the way but those of us calling for a more open, transparent and member-led RCN should welcome and support this initiative.