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RCN members urged to raise their voice in consultation on Change Management proposals at BMI

14 Dec 2017

BMI has confirmed changes are to be made across all of its sites. The response of RCN members is vital to ensure that the proposed changes are proportionate, reasonable and safe. BMI is consulting with RCN members through trade union processes.

RCN members employed by BMI are being urged to call RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100 for support through the change process and to give feedback for the RCN collective response. Members are also being encouraged to provide feedback directly to BMI.

The proposals from BMI are to be achieved through:

  • reduction and more effective use of temporary labour,
  • a removal of long term unfilled vacancies,
  • changes/improvement to rostering,
  • natural wastage,
  • redundancies (in a limited number of situations)

In addition to these changes, BMI proposes to introduce new establishment figures across its sites.

The RCN is the recognised trade union and professional organisation for nursing staff employed by BMI. Emma Lenehan, National Officer for the RCN said “It is vital that RCN members carefully consider and scrutinise the proposed changes. During the consultation I will review the BMI proposals and the responses of RCN members. Together, we will raise the voice of nursing to ensure that these measures are proportionate, reasonable, and safe, and do not negatively impact on the delivery of care.”

RCN members employed by BMI are being advised to:

  • Request details from senior management at their site;
    • about the changes and how they will be made,
    • details of new establishment figures,
    • details of how to submit feedback.
  • Request details of any consultation meetings to be held.
  • Contact RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100 to request support from RCN regional staff for any BMI consultation meetings
  • Engage fully with the consultation process by;
    • Providing feedback directly to BMI,
    • contributing to the collective RCN members response by contacting RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100 to give their comments and feedback

BMI has confirmed that it will listen to the responses of RCN members and will work with RCN members through the consultation and partnership working arrangements.

Emma Lenehan, National Officer for the RCN stated that “The recognition agreement and partnership working practices in place between BMI and the RCN are key to the influence of RCN members in promoting positive working environments. Together with RCN members, and working with BMI, it is crucial for us to ensure that there is no detriment to quality of care or nursing staff’s working conditions as a result of these changes. There must also be full consultation on any proposals to change rostering/shift patterns.”

Emma added, “I welcome the commitment of BMI to work in partnership with the RCN in 2018 to further improve staff engagement across BMI. We must look after the staff so that the staff can continue to deliver high quality care without detriment to their own wellbeing.”