41 blog posts
  • Wiltshire Branch AGM and frailty CPD day delegates in November 2019 Sandy Woodbridge Sandy Woodbridge 10 Dec 2019

    Looking forward to seeing you all in 2020

    As 2019 is coming to its end all of us across the branch and country whether in NHS, private or independent sector will know this has been a year of exciting opportunities, developments and challenges with more to come. The RCN, supported by its officers, its branches and most importantly its members continues to shape the health and social care landscape. The Staffing for Safe and Effective Care campaign will be an important voice for the new UK Government to listen to. 

  • Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 9 Dec 2019

    The new RCN Council induction and our first meeting

    "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, or even touched; they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

  • Judith Barry, RCN South West Board member for Somerset Judith Barry Judith Barry 11 Nov 2019

    I am both honoured and excited to be trusted with this role

    I have been a member of the RCN for all of my nursing career. However until some workplace issues arose in 2015, I had never really played an active role in the work of the RCN. By the autumn of 2016, I was so inspired, I had completed my RCN steward training and was an accredited representative.

  • Dame Donna Kinnair, BJ Waltho and Geoffrey Walker at the RCN Council meeting 18-19 September 2019 Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 25 Sep 2019

    RCN Council meeting update

    I really like this quote: "If people are trying to bring you down, it only means one thing: you are already above them'.

  • Geoffrey Walker, RCN Council member for the South West Region Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 4 Sep 2019

    RCN Council Election: a big thank you to you all

    It will be an absolute honour to serve the South West for the next four years.

  • South West delegates lobbying MPs about safe staffing at Parliament on 16 July 2019 Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 23 Jul 2019

    RCN Council meeting and lobbying MPs at Westminster on staffing for safe and effective care

    "Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better." - Florence Nightingale 1820 - 1910  

  • Liverpool docks at night with twinkling lights Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 3 Jun 2019

    We must be united

    Congress 2019 was a busy and very interesting time for the RCN and all delegates who attended especially from our region. I hope you had the opportunity to read my Congress daily blogs highlighting the key issues and also my live tweets from the Congress floor. Congress provided an opportunity for everyone to look at key issues affecting nursing today and the chance for members to have their say.

  • South West members at Congress in the auditorium Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 23 May 2019

    And the last day is upon us

    The rural health care debate was impassioned and hard hitting, Jodie Ashford, one of our Devon students and Martin Tuckett, also from Devon, spoke to the resolution from personal experience.

  • Vicky Brotherton, Chair of the RCN Plymouth Branch Vicky Brotherton Vicky Brotherton 22 May 2019

    My self-funded RCN Congress

    I have had the great fortune to have been funded to attend Congress for the last four years as I have held a variety of elected positions in the RCN. I am currently the Chair of RCN Plymouth Branch, so this year I decided to self-fund my attendance to enable more branch members to attend this fantastic event and, I hope, get the RCN Congress bug. 

  • Plymouth Branch's Leonore Newson proposing the Plymouth Branch resolution on uniforms Geoffrey Walker Geoffrey Walker 22 May 2019

    What stars the South West Congress delegates have been

    Wednesday was another busy action-packed day here at RCN Congress and I cannot start without saying what stars the South West delegates have been. Each and every one has engaged and so many have spoken to or presented agenda items.