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RCN Wales

Representing nurses, HCAs and APs, nursing students and midwives across Wales.

The RCN is the largest professional association and trade union for nurses, including student nurses and health care support workers. It has 435,000 members in the UK and approximately 25,000 members in Wales. The mission of the RCN in Wales is to represent nurses and nursing, promote excellence in practice and to shape health policy in Wales.

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Nursing Pay

Find out the latest information about NHS pay in Wales

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RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2018

Celebrating the shining stars of the nursing family!

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RCN Wales library

  • Ty Maeth, King George V Drive East, Cardiff CF14 4XZ
  • 029 2068 0734. Please note this number is for library enquiries only. Call 0345 772 6100 for general queries.

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All members belong to an RCN branch. Branches work across the NHS, independent and third sectors to deliver services to members and provide opportunities for members to participate in, shape and influence the work of the RCN.

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Role descriptors in Primary Care and Community Care Nursing 2017

​Role descriptors in primary and community care nursing, 2017 has been developed to help inform discussions with key stakeholders, and the development of the emerging model for primary care, and provides the basis for considering the development of new and existing roles within primary and community nursing'. 

Read the role descriptors here 

Please contact Nigel Downes, Associate Director (Professional Practice) RCN Wales on  if you would like to discuss or explore this document further.


RCN Congress 2019

Sunday 19 - Thursday 23 May 2019, ACC Liverpool

Have you ever thought you’d love to be funded to go to an event where you can network with likeminded colleagues, have your say on important nursing decisions, and learn new things about nursing? RCN Congress - one of the biggest events in the nursing calendar - is a melting pot of ideas, visions and voices and we’d love for you to join us in Liverpool next May (19 to 23).

As a member of your Branch / Forum you are eligible to be considered for funding to attend Congress as a voting member. Apply here and we will be in touch should you be successful. You’ll need your membership number to complete the form:

The deadline for completing the form is 17 October 2018.

Discretionary funding

In addition, there is a  limited amount of discretionary funding available in RCN Wales to provide support for members who have not attended Congress previously. For example, this may include funding for individual members or to fund coaches to take groups of members. Speak with your Branch about this funding.


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Safe Staffing film - An Act of Compassion - RCN Wales' campaign for safe staffing

The Nurse Staffing Levels Act (Wales) 2016 was one of the first pieces of legislation enacted by the Welsh Government and it is the first of its kind in Europe. The historic law followed a dedicated campaign by RCN Wales, prompted by members’ concerns that short-staffing was compromising their ability to care for patients safely.

Watch the film which details RCN Wales' success in lobbying for legislation to improve patient care, here.

Page last updated - 25/09/2018