72 blog posts
  • Nursing Support Workers' Day logo Steve Dunne-Howells Steve Dunne-Howells 27 Oct 2021

    Introducing your new South West representative on the national RCN Nursing Support Worker Committee

    The new South West member of the national RCN Nursing Support Workers Committee, Steve Dunne-Howells, introduces himself and his plans for the region and for Nursing Support Workers' Day.

  • Fair Pay For Nursing five nurses one with visor Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 27 Oct 2021

    Now is the time to show we will not be taken for granted anymore

    As I am sure you are aware, following the results of the recent member consultation RCN Council have agreed to take the fight for fair pay to the next stage and on 4 November the indicative ballot on industrial action opens for members working for NHS employers. 

  • Daniel Gooding Daniel Gooding Daniel Gooding 25 Oct 2021

    A new Devon Branch Chair

    Newly elected Devon Branch Chair Daniel Gooding will take up his seat on 1 January 2022. Here he introduces himself, outlines his aims for the branch and appeals for a secretary to complete the branch's executive committee team.

  • Louisa Adjoa Parker (credit Robin Mills) Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 16 Sep 2021

    Telling the stories of the underrepresented

    We are holding what promises to be a moving and empowering event to mark Black History Month this October - a workshop: '#present365: Black History and Racism in the South West: Capturing the personal stories of South West nurses’.

  • Piles of coins Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 9 Sep 2021

    Why should I vote on pay when it’s a done deal?

    For the past few months activists like me have been out and about talking to members about pay, encouraging those employed by the NHS to vote in the RCN consultation. We are being asked by some why they should bother as the pay offer from the Government of 3% is coming to the September payroll. I hope this helps to explain.

  • NHS pay deal Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 21 Jul 2021

    3% a derisory offer and a kick in the teeth for pandemic heroes

    RCN South West Council member Geofrey Wallker reacts to the much-awaited and long-delayed government pay award for NHS workers of 3%.

  • Geoffrey Walker and BJ Waltho enjoying strawberries and cream tea on their visit to the Royal Box at Wimbledon 2021 Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 14 Jul 2021

    Anyone for tennis?

    Matron Geoffrey Walker had the great privilege to receive an invitation to spend the first day of Wimbledon 2021 in the Royal Box on Centre Court. 

  • Geoffrey Walker, Matron at Poole Hospital, South West member of RCN Council and Chair of RCN Dorset Branch Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 15 Jun 2021

    Caring for ourselves

    So here we are, hopefully, emerging from the worst pandemic in a century. It has taken its toll on the heath care workforce across all sectors. I think our mental health has been particularly impacted as we have juggled work with family responsibilities, shouldered concern for our loved ones, been unable to see our wider family and friends and the associated isolation has been particularly challenging.

  • Geoffrey Walker, Matron at Poole Hospital, South West member of RCN Council and Chair of RCN Dorset Branch Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 27 Apr 2021

    Time for new beginnings

    It is with excitement for the future, tinged with emotion for the past, that I want to let you know that I have made the decision to take early retirement from my position as Matron for Specialist Medicine and Cardiology at Poole Hospital after 31 years

  • COVID vaccination by Louise Cahill at a mass vaccination centre Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 12 Apr 2021

    Done and dusted: my vaccination as a needle-averse nurse

    I have never been a fan of needles and I used to avoid them at any cost. This is quite an irony given the number of injections I have given to others in my nursing roles.