Challenges and opportunities
With over 55,000 members working in the international city, RCN London has one of the most diverse memberships of any organisation in the UK, However the biggest challenge for nursing in the region remains a shortage of available, registered nursing staff. Wages have dipped 8% below inflation in the past five years, but in London the cost of housing, transport and childcare all continue to rise.
‘Caring for the Capital’ explores the RCN’s work supporting nursing staff to live and work here in London and ensuring local health employers are able to recruit the staff they need to provide safe, high quality patient care.
A major international capital
Regional Director of RCN London, Bernell Bussue said: “London offers all the challenges and opportunities of a major international capital with one of the most diverse populations in the world. The city and its health service have always relied heavily on the contribution of migrants and we are proud that the RCN’s membership here in London reflects the breadth and variety of the communities we serve.
“However, with the cost of living continuing to rise, much more needs to be done to make sure London remains an affordable destination for nursing staff. RCN London are working hard to help our members get the support they need to settle and build long term careers in the capital, so that enough staff are in place to make sure London’s patients get the quality of care they need and expect.”
Champions for nursing
Ian Norris, RCN Council Member for London and Chair of the RCN London Board, said: “RCN London members know that nursing here is like nowhere else on earth. We must never forget the massive contribution that nursing staff make, many working far beyond their contracted hours to do their best for their patients.
“We will continue to campaign for safe staffing levels on behalf of our patients and users of health and care services while being champions for nursing as a profession, reminding people just how unique and rewarding nursing in London can be.”