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51 blog posts
  • Geoffrey Walker, RCN Council member for the South West, in April 2022 outside Poole Hospital Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 11 Apr 2022

    There is no doubt that our members are suffering

    This is a really difficult time for so many people, highlighted by the terrible things that are happening in the world. 

  • ICN Nurses for Peace campaign Lucy Muchina Lucy Muchina 3 Apr 2022

    Global nursing in focus

    The RCN has just re-joined the International Council of Nurses, bringing global nursing sharply back into focus.

  • Daniel Gooding Daniel Gooding 10 Feb 2022

    Fully funded Devon branch RCN Congress voting places available

    Devon branch has fully funded places available for members to attend this year’s RCN Congress.

  • Geoffrey Walker outside Dorset County Hospital Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 11 Jan 2022

    Immense pressure on health services

    We all continue to experience a very difficult time, whatever sector of heath care we are working in, as the newest variant of COVID 19 continues to spread. The pressure this is placing on health services is immense. Here in the South West, like all regions and countries in the UK, staff working in health are under a daily struggle to meet care demands.

  • RCN Council RCN Council 7 Jan 2022

    RCN Council January update to members

    RCN Council members share their updates from the past month and detail how they are supporting members through their work. Vice-Chair of RCN Council, Mel Kerr, introduces this month’s update to members.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.