This newsletter coincides with 100 days since WHO declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. When we issued our last newsletter in March, coronavirus was not part of our daily lives but was simmering away in the background.
I grow increasingly proud of the regions’ nursing family in how you continue to tackle and respond to the ongoing pandemic. Each sector has had its challenges and I’m acutely aware of how much lobbying the RCN has been doing on your behalf to improve the situation around PPE, the Immigration Health Surcharge and for appropriate working rights for agency workers, students and those in private settings such as care homes.
It is 40 years since Mike Travis began his career as a nurse. In an age when the job for life is a distant memory for the majority of the nation’s workforce, to achieve 40 years with a single employer would be an achievement worthy of comment. To do so whilst simultaneously fulfilling the many demands of a supplementary position is truly remarkable.
It’s been a busy start to the year and we recently held our last Board Meeting at Chesham House before regional staff moved to the new premises on Bark Street in Bolton.
We have hit the ground running and have already held our first Board meeting and branch meetings of the year.
A recent Guardian article stated that almost a third of board positions in the UK’s top public companies are now held by women - almost a year sooner than expected.
Dave Dawes, Chair of the North West Regional Board and UK Council member, reflects on the past year.
North West Regional Director Estephanie Dunn looks back on a busy year in our region.
Bullying is very much a focus in healthcare right now and is a significant patient safety concern. Speaking up early will prevent things getting to a stage where it becomes a grievance and going down litigation routes that are long processes.
RCN member Lorraine Tymon helped to deliver a community event in partnership with Dying Matters, to raise awareness about the importance of planning for advance care and end of life.