Learning with members at Joint Reps

 Dame Donna Kinnair 8 Mar 2019 Chief Executive and General Secretary

The time for change is now says Professor Dame Donna Kinnair.

Dame Donna Kinnair at Joint Reps 2019
This week I travelled to Leeds to join 200 stewards, learning reps and safety reps at our first Joint Reps Conference of the year.
The event focused on how to work collaboratively to connect with you, our members, on the issues that matter most to you. We also had sessions on how we campaign as a modern professional body and trade union.
There was real positivity and energy over the two days from our rep community. Reps spent their time together planning how we can and will effect change at a local, regional and national level.
We discussed the most important issues impacting our members.
We had an update on NHS pay in the four countries of the UK as we move towards year two of the three year pay deal. More information on that in the coming weeks.
Our reps felt moved to send messages of solidarity to their colleagues in Northern Ireland who had a pay deal imposed this year and are still unclear on what will happen after April.
We heard how RCN Wales and reps are working with members to monitor the implementation of the Act.
RCN Scotland reps, members and staff shared updates on Ask for More and how they’re working to shape their legislation as it moves through the Scottish Parliament.
Our reps also attended a lunchtime session to discuss our campaign in England and discussed how to influence the recently announced consultation on what legislation is needed for the NHS in England.
We also discussed member engagement and how we will be using the safe staffing campaign to deepen and enrich our engagement with the whole of our membership.
But we didn’t just thinking about what we will do in the future.
The work that our reps do on a daily basis is essential to how the RCN supports you, our members, and is at the core of member engagement.
I had an opportunity to talk about many examples of their work and to celebrate the successes that our reps have had in protecting your pay, terms and conditions; supported your learning and development; helped you to become more actively engaged in the College; and promoted diversity and inclusion in your workplaces.
Our reps meet twice a year but their impact is felt all year round. I hope that more of our members will feel inspired to get involved in the RCN’s work this year, as our campaigns across the UK continue to develop and that you will be inspired to get involved to create real change for nursing staff and our patients.
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Dame Donna Kinnair

Dame Donna Kinnair

Chief Executive & General Secretary

Prior to her appointment as Acting Chief Executive & General Secretary, Dame Donna was Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice and worked with UK-wide RCN staff to drive and implement RCN professional nursing, policy and practice strategy.

Before joining the RCN, Donna held various roles, including Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust.
Donna advised the PM’s Commission on the future of Nursing and Midwifery in 2010 and served as nurse/child health assessor to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry.

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