The South East Region was proud to have a strong presence at RCN Congress 2015, with more than 530 members travelling from across the region to Bournemouth International Conference Centre for five days of debates, learning events and exhibitions.
This included more than 100 students who came on coaches coordinated by the Region. All student attendees were very inspired by the day, visiting the main hall, exhibition, and seminars.
Significantly for the South East region, the RCN East Kent Branch had two items accepted onto the agenda. Linda Du Preez, a community nurse from Canterbury, opened up the debate on health and social care integration and Mamie Bishopp Schyberg, a practice nurse from Hearne Bay, led the debate on local branches.
East Kent Branch Chair, Peggy Pryer said: "It is fantastic that we had two items accepted onto the highly sought after agenda. It shows that as a branch we really have our finger not only on the local pulse but can use our expertise to influence the national agenda as well."
Nurses from RCN West Sussex Branch also made significant contributions, seconding two key items on the agenda. Bev Killick, an A&E nurse at Princess Royal Hospital Haywards Heath, seconded the resolution on workforce planning, and Mary Williamson, an Early Intervention Practitioner at Sussex Partnership NHS FT, spoke on stress at work.