The cold and snow hit our region last week and there was considerable disruption but thankfully care delivery was not too adversely affected, thanks to the dedication of staff.
On Thursday I attended my first RCN Council meeting representing the South West region and what a meeting it was.
On Thursday will be my first Council meeting representing the South West region and I am very much looking forward to it.
I would just like to introduce myself as I have now taken over as your Council member, representing the South West region. I am immensely proud and would like to thank you for putting your trust in me to serve you during the coming year. I would like to thank Vicky Brotherton for her hard work on Council over the last three years and I hope to continue her good work representing you all in the future.
I am one of the Senior Officers in the South West, covering Devon and also holding responsibility for students in the region.
I recently attended the first ever RCN Student Information Officer conference. It was my first big RCN event with other students.
With this week’s hot weather it’s even more important to stay hydrated.
It’s been nearly five months since I became regional director of RCN South West and it’s been a bit like being in a whirlwind. While I’ve been a member of the RCN for years it’s become clear that I haven’t previously understood the organisational complexities and the breadth of work being undertaken at any one time in the RCN.
Michael Lawton received the postgraduate NHS bursary and is currently practising as a registered nurse within the NHS and training to be an RCN steward.
Somerset STP footprint is currently in financial turnaround due to a forecast deficit of £30 million.