All RCN members have been sent an email inviting them to complete a survey as part of an independent review of our governance arrangements.
The survey closes on 16 March and responses will be sent directly to the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS), the body carrying out the review.
The review, which follows a resolution at RCN Congress 2019, aims to ensure that members have good oversight of the organisation’s strategy and the process for key decisions, have the opportunity to influence and shape the organisation, are assured of openness and transparency, and find its structures fit for purpose.
There will also be a number of focus groups across the UK and members can ask to be interviewed. The CfPS will be seeking views from members at country and regional level, as well as those holding Council, committee or other governance roles.
Chair of RCN Council Dee Sissons said: “We are determined to learn from what has gone before and ensure we are not only committed to listening to our members but know for sure we have the structures in place to hear their voices.
“I would urge as many members as possible to respond to the review in what I hope will be a constructive and learning process and will lead to the RCN being much more open, transparent and responsive to the views of members.”
The review will also examine the reforms made to the RCN’s governance arrangements which followed a review in 2016. These reforms included the size of RCN Council being reduced and members being elected directly to two separate committees to strengthen the work of both the professional College and trade union functions.
The findings of the new review will be made available to members in advance of RCN Congress 2020, which is taking place in Liverpool this June, and will help inform better decision-making, member engagement and greater scrutiny and transparency.