It’s been a busy year at RCN London. In my last few days in post as Regional Director, I’m proud to report that with your help we have achieved a lot this year.
From the launch of the RCN’s Staffing for Safe and Effective Care campaign, to RCN Congress, and a very successful Black History Month and our rising stars awards, to our Autumn of Learning series, my team have been doing their best to go above and beyond for you and the nursing community across London.
But representing you is our bread and butter. Over the course of 2019, our membership in London has grown to over 60,000 members; we have represented over 1850 members in a wide range of cases, over 135 members a month were referred to the region by RCN Direct and received advice from an RCN Officer without a case having to be opened, and we’ve recruited almost 49 new reps across London to support you at work. We will continue to support you in every way we can in 2020.
We ended the year with a new Government who have promised to invest in nursing. With your help, nursing was rightly a key issue in the General Election.
Going forward in 2020, we have a responsibility to hold the new government to account for what they have promised. We are well placed to do this through our work with Staffing for Safe and Effective Care campaign in England. Next year, we will be supporting members to further reach out to the public and politicians to tell them about the impact of nurse shortages on patient care and demand action is taken. Watch this space.
2020 is a year of new beginnings. I am delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Elliott to the role of Regional Director for London. Lisa will take up the post on the 24 February 2020. Lisa’s career spans over 20 years and she will be joining RCN London from her current role as Director of Nursing at Newham Health Collaborative.
Finally, 2020 is also the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. We must grasp this opportunity with both hands. Never has it been more important for us as a community to work together to highlight the invaluable contribution our profession makes to delivering care to patients and their families every day.
As I sign off, I wish you all a lovely and hopefully restful Christmas break.