Looking back at the North West in 2019

 Dave Dawes 20 Dec 2019

Dave Dawes, Chair of the North West Regional Board and UK Council member, reflects on the past year. 

I went to Northern Ireland this week to support the nurses taking part in the RCN’s first ever strike and took many of your messages of support and solidarity. It was sad that we had to take this step but the support from the public and other NHS staff was overwhelming. 

We look forward to further developing our campaign for staffing for safe and effective care and welcoming Congress back to the region for the second successive year.  Last year’s event was fantastic and we had an unprecedented four items on the agenda which inspired thought-provoking discussions throughout the week. As always, we had a great turnout from the North West. For further information about Congress 2020 visit the website. 

The regional board recently funded a successful Digital Activist Masterclass which was well attended with delegates gaining a fascinating insight into social media, social movements and technology.  Early in the New Year, the board has organised a conference around bullying which will explore how bullying impacts on both staff and patients, ways to create a healthy, inclusive and compassionate culture and how to manage and work with difficult behaviours and encourage change.

On a personal level, I was delighted to be elected unopposed to RCN Council and it is a huge honour to represent you. I look forward to working with you on RCN campaigns throughout the coming year. There are so many ways to get involved so should you want to be more active within our organisation, talk to your local representatives and attend your branch meeting. 

I am also always happy to answer any questions that you may have about how you can get more involved, I can be emailed 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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