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RCN Congress speakers announced

18 Apr 2018

An award-winning author will be addressing members in Belfast next month as one of the keynote speakers at the UK’s largest nursing conference.

Christie Watson

Christie Watson, author of The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story said: “I'm delighted to be speaking at Congress this year: such a vital and celebratory conference for all nurses. The RCN goes from strength to strength.”

Christie spent 20 years working as a nurse, including at Great Ormond Street, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and St Mary’s hospitals. Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award in 2011 and her second novel, Where Women Are Kings, was published to widespread critical acclaim.

Her latest book is a non-fiction account of her experiences as a nurse which throws open the doors of the hospital – its wards, store cupboards and staff rooms.

Also speaking at the event is political economist, academic, and journalist, Will Hutton. He is chair of the Big Innovation Centre, which helps organisations put their innovation principles into practice, and principal of Hertford College, Oxford. He was formerly editor of The Observer.

Ahead of the launch of his new book Saving Britain, Will will talk about the current economic and political outlook for the UK, what effect that might have on the NHS, and the dangers of underfunding the health service.

Those not attending Congress can watch the speakers live at www.rcn.org.uk/congress and comment via Twitter using #RCN18.