16 January 2013
04 07 2012
Members of the Royal College of Nursing have been “losing confidence” in the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for some time, Dr Peter Carter has said. The College’s Chief Executive & General Secretary was commenting after a critical review of the regulator by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE).
25 06 2012 | Frontline First team
In our new series called 'Lightbulb Innovations', we highlight the remarkable impact innovative nurses are having on the patient experience and public health. By thinking creatively and working differently, many are improving care and reducing costs to the tax payer. Six years ago, nurse consultant Mike Paynter set out to transform the way cardiac problems are diagnosed and treated in the community where he works. He piloted the use of a telemedicine service whereby clinicians get fast, expert interpretation of electrocardiogram (ECG) results, enabling them to provide timely preventative care as well as avoiding unnecessary and expensive trips to hospital.
18 05 2012
The Frontline First campaign was key theme through this week’s Congress and it would not have been such a success without the efforts of you, our members. You supplied us with valuable data on the cuts you are seeing first hand and we were then able to use this to share with the world.
16 05 2012 | Rod Thomson
The media has continued, yet again, to focus on RCN Congress. Today’s main story was the publication of a survey of learning disability nurses. The survey found that nurses have "real concerns" about the safety of their clients because of cuts in services, such as health education and personal care packages. The story was covered extensively in the Guardian, who published both a full page feature and a news story, as well as by Press Association and Independent i.
15 05 2012 | Rod Thomson
Day three of Congress has seen the media continuing to focus heavily on events in Harrogate, particularly looking at the keynote speeches.
14 05 2012 | Rod Thomson, Chair of Congress
The Royal College of Nursing congress continues today and continues to make headlines. Our story outlining potential losses of more than 60000 NHS posts has received widespread coverage across print, online and broadcast media. An RCN survey found that community services were struggling to meet the demands placed on them, rendering plans to move care from acute hospitals to the community were a "facade”.
13 05 2012 | Rod Thomson
Another year, another congress and it’s certainly been a lively start with the RCN receiving extensive coverage in today’s papers. We published details of a new survey which found that patients are being placed on hospital trolleys for hours on end and treated in corridors and make shift wards.
17 04 2012 | Frontline First team
New joint NHS trade unions guidance has been published to help RCN activists resist local proposals to cut NHS pay, terms and conditions. Staff in some foundation trusts in England are facing what appears to be a co-ordinated attempt to make changes to Agenda for Change (AfC) contracts, including threats to dismiss and re-engage staff on new terms and conditions if the unions do not agree to negotiate.
13 04 2012 | Frontline First team
The Royal College of Nursing reiterated its call for the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) to reject outright any proposals to introduce local pay bargaining, as the Department of Health submitted its evidence. The RCN’s Chief Executive & General Secretary, Dr Peter Carter, said the College believes local pay will risk competition between trusts for staff, drive pay down in certain areas and risk lasting damage to staff morale and motivation.
28 03 2012
The Royal College of Nursing has conducted its own all member vote on pensions and is now currently meeting other unions who are at varying stages in their own member consultations to discuss next steps. The decision to continue engagement with other trade unions was taken by the RCN Council following the end of the member vote in February.
15 03 2012 | Frontline First team
The Royal College of Nursing has joined other unions to warn that a move to local pay for NHS staff would lead to damaging competition, entrench low pay in certain areas and further erode staff morale. In a joint submission to the NHS Pay Review Body, the NHS staff side has called for the retention of national pay scales. The submission warns that abandoning national pay, following on from pensions negotiations and a two-year pay freeze, will be seen as a further attack on pay, terms and conditions. The report also states that modelling public sector pay on private sector structures will be difficult, costly and inefficient, as well as replicating inequalities found in the private sector.
22 02 2012 | RCN Public Affairs Team
The nation’s media continues to focus heavily on the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill, with the RCN at the very heart of the debate. Last Friday evening, it was revealed that Downing Street would be holding a meeting on Monday to discuss the NHS reforms and possible ways forward. However, the RCN, along with other organisations such as the BMA and RCGPs, who opposed the bill, did not receive an invite to the meeting.
09 02 2012 | Frontline First team
The Royal College of Nursing has today launched a new tool that may help RCN members decide which way they wish to vote on the Government’s NHS pensions proposals. The pensions forecaster will help members understand the Government’s complex plans which could affect members of the scheme in different ways.
30 01 2012 | Frontline First team
The Royal College of Nursing is today (30 January) sending out voting papers asking members whether they want to accept or reject the Government’s NHS pension proposals. All RCN members, apart from those already retired, are urged to use their vote, ahead of the deadline of 4pm on 27 February.
19 01 2012 | RCN Public Affairs Team
Writing in the Guardian today, Dr Peter Carter announced that the RCN has now moved to oppose the Health and Social Care bill because: “our concerns have not been listened to and the genuine anxieties we have on behalf of patients in England have been, to a large extent, ignored.”
19 01 2012 | Frontline First team
The RCN today (19 January) moved to oppose the Health and Social Care Bill in England, arguing that serious concerns expressed by members have not been addressed during the parliamentary process, listening exercise or political engagement. The RCN, which had not previously opposed the bill as a whole, has taken the decision at this point arguing that the proposals will not deliver on the principles originally set out, and that recent announcements, such as the rise in the cap on private patients being treated in NHS hospitals, make the bill in its entirety a serious threat to the NHS.
17 01 2012 | Frontline First team
Today the RCN announced the timetable for the members’ vote in which they will decide whether they wish to accept or reject the Government’s ‘final’ pensions proposals. All RCN members, apart from those who are currently retired, will receive voting papers in the week beginning January 30 2012 with the closing date for returns being 4pm on 27 February 2012.
10 01 2012 | Frontline First team
All RCN members will have the opportunity to vote on whether to accept or reject the Government’s "final" proposals for the NHS pension scheme. The announcement was made today following a meeting of RCN Council.
23 12 2011
The Government has announced its ‘final position’ on new NHS pension arrangements from 2015. Read our latest briefing for more information.
20 12 2011 | RCN Public Affairs Team
Significant steps have now been made in the negotiations between the Government and unions on public sector pensions. The RCN has been at the heart of these negotiations; standing up for members, representing your views and communicating these with the Government.