Thank you for your support during eight incredible years

 Cecilia Anim CBE 20 Dec 2018 Cecilia Anim

I will continue to stand alongside you as we campaign for safe staffing legislation across all of the UK.

Cecilia Anim at RCN pay rally
Reflection is an integral part of our journey as nursing staff and, at the end of eight amazing years as deputy president and, latterly, president of the RCN, I’m wondering where the time has gone!
During my time in office, nursing has faced some significant challenges amid a turbulent political context that seems to change on an almost hourly basis.
There is no doubt that change is unsettling, and I firmly believe that the need for a College that is at ease with its professional and trade union side has never been more important.
Throughout all of this, one thing has not changed and that’s the power of nursing, wherever it is delivered, to make a mighty difference to the life chances of the diverse people and communities we care for.
What we stand for has not changed either. We’re about promoting excellence in nursing and never losing sight of our purpose in promoting safe and effective practice.
Now, for than ever before, nursing need to be unafraid to stand up and be counted over the issues that matter most to us.
An acute shortage of nurses and health care support workers means there is greater pressure to do more with less – the crippling effect of austerity has not gone away.
In these circumstances, it’s also vital that we do as much as we can to look out for and care for each other.
Although I’m stepping down from this role, I want to assure you that I’m not stepping out of nursing.
I will continue to stand alongside you as we campaign for safe staffing legislation across all of the UK, and I will continue to work alongside you in my role as a nurse on the frontline.
Thank you for the support you have given me across eight incredible years.
Believe me, we are stronger together – united we must stand as divided we must surely fall.

Cecilia Anim

Cecilia Anim CBE

Former RCN President


Cecilia works as a clinical nurse specialist in sexual and reproductive health in London and specialises in family planning and aspects of women's health. She was elected RCN President in 2015, having been a member for more than 30 years, and was made a CBE in the 2017 New Year honours.

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