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blog posts 9 blog posts
  • Snowflake Glenn Turp Glenn Turp 20 Dec 2018

    Season's greetings from the RCN Northern regional director

    The holiday season is nearly with us, and the heatwave we experienced in the UK this summer seems like a very long time ago already.

  • Sharon Stothard, respiratory nurse at Sunderland Royal Hospital, shortlisted for the 2018 RCNi  Awards in the Learning Disablities category Sharon Stothard Sharon Stothard 26 Jun 2018

    It's scary enough when you don't have learning difficulties, let alone when you do

    I’ve been a respiratory nurse for 18 years. I just love it. Recently I was shortlisted for the RCNi Nurse Awards in the Learning Disabilities Category for my work reducing emergency admissions among respiratory patients with a learning disability in Sunderland.

  • Andrew Mather attending the Public Relations and Communications Association public affairs awards to represent pay champions Andrew Mather Andrew Mather 22 Feb 2018

    Fighting for everyone

    I became a member of the RCN a year ago after attending an RCN conference for HCAs that included non-members which I heard about through my manager.

  • Melanie Johnson, Chair of the RCN Professional Nursing Committee and Northern region ex-officio Board member Melanie Johnson Melanie Johnson 21 Feb 2018

    Tackling the professional issues facing RCN members

    The creation of two separate committees to steer the RCN’s professional and trade union work is a landmark moment for the College, and one I was keen to throw my support behind by standing for election. I was delighted to be elected as Chair of the new Professional Nursing Committee, and to be given the opportunity to work alongside a diverse and experienced group of RCN members with such passion for nursing.

  • Lyndsey Firth, RCN Student Committee member for the Northern region Lyndsey Firth Lyndsey Firth 25 Jan 2018

    Every one of us needs to realise how important we are

    I attended my first Student Committee meeting last week. It was a bit nerve-racking because I didn’t know anyone or what to expect, but it’s actually really exciting to be part of the future of the profession and to see what we can influence.

  • Kevin Terry Kevin Terry 24 Jan 2018

    Winter crisis - how are you coping?

    Whatever sector you work in, you will have seen first hand the increasing pressures on services this winter. 

  • Glenn Turp Glenn Turp 28 Nov 2017

    The biggest STP in the country

    Regional health leaders are deep in discussions over merging the three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) into a single partnership. 

  • Glenn Turp Glenn Turp 21 Nov 2017

    Influencing STPs

    Last year we highlighted our fears that plans to bring together and improve local health and care provision through the three sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) in Cumbria and the North East were being developed in secret behind closed doors.

  • Glenn Turp Glenn Turp 3 Oct 2017

    Sustainability and transformation partnerships in the North East and Cumbria

    To some, sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) bring together local NHS and council leaders to confront the choices needed to improve local health and care provision across England over the next five years. To others, they are secret backdoor plans to save money by cutting patient services.