RCN UK Joint Representatives’ Spring Conference 2022

01 Apr 2022 09:15 - 16:05



Bookings are now open for our Spring Conference in 2022

We are delighted to advise that the Spring Conference will be held virtually on the 1st April 2022.

Our theme for this conference is about raising the bar. As reps we are committed to raising employment standards for nursing staff wherever they work.  We are driven by a sense of fairness, equality and achieving what is right for our members. 

Katy Welsh, Chair of UK Learning Reps Committee, will be your Conference Chair and she will be joined by Pat Cullen, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary, as well as a special guest speaker we look forward to announcing soon.

The spring conference will be hosted on the world leading all-in one virtual conference platform; Hopin, which enables a highly interactive and engaging experience for participants.

Follow us on twitter using our hashtag #RCNRepsSpring22 @theRCN

Topics will include:

  • COVID risk assessment and PPE
  • Flexible working and safe staffing
  • Violence in the workplace
  • Mandatory COVID vaccinations

We are pleased to introduce the reps from your conference planning group:

 Ali Upton - Chair RCN UK Safety Reps Committee (South East)


  Neil Thompson - RCN UK Safety Representatives Committee (East Midlands)


  Leonore Newson - RCN UK Stewards Committee (South West)


  Ngaire Cox - RCN UK Stewards Committee (South East)


 Fiona Holley - RCN UK Learning Representatives Committee  (South East)


Greta Alleyne - RCN UK Learning Reps Committee (West Midlands)



The Royal College of Nursing would like to thank the following organisations for supporting this event:


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Please note the programme will be updated regularly, a final copy will be circulated prior to the event. 

View programme.

Katy Welsh, Conference Chair – Katy Welsh, Chair of UK Learning Reps Committee

Pat Cullen, Director RCN Northern Ireland 

Pat Cullen, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary. You can read more from Pat on her blog.


Our virtual venue

This event is hosted on Hopin, the world leading, all-in-one virtual conference platform that enables attendees to connect, learn and interact live with people anywhere.

Please note this is a private event for registered delegates who have a valid conference booking. Registered delegates will also be able to view recorded content after the event.

We recommend reading the following guidance before the event to ensure that you get the best experience using Hopin.

You can also watch this short video introduction to the platform.

Accessing Hopin

A unique registration link will be sent to the email address that you provided.

Click on Go to event to complete the registration. If you already have a Hopin account, you will be automatically logged into your account and redirected to the event Reception page.

If you don’t have a Hopin account, you will be asked to agree Hopin’s terms and conditions first.

 Once you have entered your email address, created a password and agreed to the terms and conditions a Hopin account will be created for you and you can join the event.


Updating your profile

When you first access the Hopin platform you’ll be prompted to set up your profile.

You can upload a photo, add your place of work, job title, social media contacts and a brief biography to give you more presence and support networking at the event.


Issues contact jointreps@rcn.org.uk

Check your equipment

•           Use a computer or laptop if possible, preferably not more than 3 years old

•           If using a mobile device please ensure that you use Safari on iOS (tablet) or Google Chrome on Android (mobile phone.)


Check your browser

•           Use the latest versions of Google Chrome on your computer or laptop

•           Open the event in incognito or private browser window

•           If using a work device with firewall protection, share this network guide with your IT department ahead of the event with the list of sites to whitelist.


Check your internet

We recommend running a speedtest before the event to check your bandwidth internet connection.

If the result is poor, you may need to consider a different location or use an ethernet cable between your computer or laptop and internet hub.



•           Check that you have followed the advice above for the best experience using Hopin

•           Close any programmes that you don’t need including Microsoft Teams

•           Refresh your browser

•           Quit and relaunch your browser from an incognito or private browser window

•           Make sure that nobody else in your household is using the internet as this could effect your bandwidth internet connection

•           Restart your computer

•           Email jointrepsconf@rcn.org.uk for further support.


More information to follow shortly.