The College’s East Midlands region is a member of Nottingham Citizens – an alliance of voluntary groups, churches, universities and trade unions – which presented a leadership award to Regional Director Dr Sheila Marriott and the RCN’s Nottingham-based representatives and staff.
Acting on members’ feedback, the RCN and Citizens partners have campaigned successfully for improvements in health and social care services for vulnerable people locally and the adoption by employers of the Living Wage for low-paid workers.
In one of the largest pre-General Election assemblies in the country, before 2,300 people at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, Dr Marriott was also part of the Citizens negotiating team that secured public pledges by Ministerial-level politicians to act on priorities identified by the national Citizens UK movement.
'Nurses make an important contribution'
Dr Marriott said: "The RCN is involved in Nottingham Citizens because it is recognised within the community that nurses make an important contribution to people’s health and quality of life.
"This award is a credit to the work the RCN does locally to champion the concerns of our members as they affect their patients and service users, as well as themselves as residents of Nottingham."
She added: "On its own the RCN can and does influence for improvements in health care, but being involved in Nottingham Citizens brings our members’ professional interests to a bigger and very diverse audience.
"We benefit from that collective understanding and energy to change things for the better. It is a respectful but nonetheless resolute force that decision-makers in Nottingham are paying attention to."