RCN Council has changed the Congress programme to focus on the education programme and delivering the range of interactive online sessions to support members’ continuing professional development.
However, the business agenda – the debates – will no longer take place, after members raised concerns about the ability to effectively hold debates online and participate throughout the entire programme. These concerns were raised after Council’s initial decision to move to a fully virtual Congress.
The online education programme runs over three days – from Saturday 18 September to Monday 20 September – and includes topics as diverse as understanding long COVID, fitness to practise and pain assessment for people with a learning disability.
Speeches are also expected from external contributors Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Calvin Moorley and Neil Greenberg.
Chair of RCN Congress BJ Waltho said: “We have listened to members and their concerns. And while I’m very disappointed that we’ll not be holding debates at RCN Congress this year, this feels like the right decision.
“We remain determined that Congress will return, in full, next June. We’ll work harder than ever to deliver the lively debates it has become renowned for when we meet next year. In the meantime, our programme of online educational events is of the usual high standard, and I would encourage all members to join as many of these sessions as possible.”
Chair of RCN Council Carol Popplestone said: “RCN Council absolutely values the role of Congress in shaping the direction of the RCN, determining policies and influencing campaigns. That’s why it’s crucial we get this right and we are responsive to what members tell us.”
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