About us

RCNi is the premier provider of innovative and creative information solutions for the whole nursing team and associated health professionals

We produce 11 journals, including Nursing Standard, to provide health professionals with the latest developments impacting nursing, including changes in policy, practice and research.

About RCNi

We also offer a range of digital products including RCNi Decision Support, designed to support decision making and standardise care across organisations, RCNi Learning, an interactive online resource of CPD training modules, and the RCNi Portfolio, an online store and tracking system to help you with revalidation.

We celebrate exceptional care in the profession through the RCNi Nurse Awards, and help to develop careers and enhance practice with events such as the popular Nursing and Careers Jobs Fair, and revalidation seminars.


Each of our journals provide authoritative coverage of their specialist fields, including peer-reviewed clinical content and continuing professional development (CPD) articles.

Find out how you can subscribe to an RCNi journal by clicking here, or register to read daily nurse news updates for free.

Quick links

Click the links below to access our individual titles or click here to discover more about our journals.



Editorial advisory board

Each journal has an editorial advisory board of clinical experts who help to guide the scope of our content. The RCNi editorial advisory board consists of the following members:

Dr Caroline Shuldham (Chair) Independent healthcare consultant Professor Tonks Fawcett Professor of Student Learning (Nurse Education), School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh
Sandra Aitcheson Nurse Consultant, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland Lorraine Hicking-Woodison Health Care Support Worker Adviser, Practice Nurse Adviser Team, (hosted by West Kent CCG)
Beverley Baker Matron, Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham Professor Fiona Irvine Head of Nursing, University of Birmingham
Joanne Bosanquet MBE Queen's Nurse Chief Executive, The Foundation of Nursing Studies Professor Daniel Kelly RCN Professor, Cardiff University
Professor James Buchan Faculty of Social Sciences and Health Care, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Group Captain Di Lamb Defence Professor of Nursing, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (Academia & Research), Medical Directorate, Joint Force Command, Birmingham
Professor Clare Cable Chief Executive and Nurse Director, Queen's Nursing Institute, Scotland. Honorary Professor, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Taurai Matare

RCN Nurse of the Year 2019 and matron and advanced nurse practitioner, Whipps Cross University Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, London
Reece Doonan Emergency Department Nurse, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust Carol-Ann Murray Joint Commissioning Manager – Children and Young People, Partnership Commissioning Team, NHS Southward Clinical Commissioning Group and Southwark Council, London
Professor Dave Clarke, PhD, MA, BSc (Hons), RGN/RSCN Foundation Professor of Nursing, University of Leicester Manyara Mushore

Course Director, BSc Mental Health Nursing; Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University

Rachel Dakin Student Nurse, University of Nottingham Liz Read Clinical Ward Manager, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Alison Dinning Institute Clinical Lead (Education and Development), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Dr Yana Richens Deputy Head of Maternity Services, Nursing Directorate, NHS England
Paul Jebb Associate Director of Nursing, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Products and services

RCNi digital productsWe are continuously improving and adding to our range of digital products to help guide you through your studies and continuing professional development (CPD), to develop your career, and to help you to deliver outstanding patient care.

We aim to inform and inspire nurses at every step of their career. With over thirty years at the forefront of nurse education, and as part of the Royal College of Nursing Group, we are a trusted provider of expert nursing information.

Click here to find out more about how our products and services can enhance your practice.


We hold many popular events throughout the year, including the RCNi Nurse Awards, the UK’s biggest ceremony for celebrating innovative practice and exceptional patient care in the nursing profession.

Taurai Matare
Taurai Matare, RCN Nurse of the Year 2019
Picture: Barney Newman

We also organise the Nursing and Careers Jobs Fair, the largest nursing recruitment event in the UK. Our jobs fairs are held across the country and provide nurses with the opportunity to meet employers face to face, and to attend free seminars that offer insight into everything from revalidation and preceptorship, to improving interview skills.

The Nursing and Careers Jobs Fair is free to attend, simply register on the website.

Click here to view our calendar of upcoming events, or click here to discover more about the RCNi Nurse Awards.

Our organisation

Founded in 1987 and formerly known as RCN Publishing, RCNi is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Royal College of Nursing.

The RCN's Royal Charter, standing orders, regulations, policies and processes ensure good governance of the organisation. Click here to read more about these governance documents.

STM Member 2019

RCNi is a proud member of STM, the global voice of scholarly publishing.

Board of Directors

Executive directors

  • Rachel Armitage (Managing Director)
  • Gary Bell (Editorial Director)
  • Phil Smithers (Sales and Marketing Director)

Non-executive directors

Tim Brooks


Tim Brooks has led many famous and diverse media brands, ranging from Health Service Journal to the Guardian; and from New Musical Express to the BMJ. He is chair of the advisory council of the British Library, and of NLA Media Access, a copyright management organisation owned by the UK’s major news brands. He is also a director of the Professional Publishers Association, and has twice served as a visiting fellow in strategy and entrepreneurship at London Business School. Tim invests his time and experience in enabling talented people and established publishing companies to flourish in today’s rapidly-changing information economy.

Caroline McNamara

Deputy chair, non-executive director

Caroline (Carol) McNamara has 30 years’ experience working in the publishing and information industry. She works at CABI, a not-for-profit international organisation owned by 48 governments. In her role as chief commercial officer, she is responsible for delivering income and growth for the organisation in addition to all customer communications. As most of her career has been spent in digital publishing she has an in-depth understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing publishers such as RCNi as customers demand greater flexibility from products and services in the move to a digital environment. Throughout her career she has worked in international markets and is accustomed to operating at board level in commercial and governmental organisations. Carol is also a qualified member of the Institute of Directors.

Kay Fawcett

Non-executive director and specialist clinical adviser

Kay Fawcett is a registered nurse with more than 40 years’ experience in healthcare, in a career spanning clinical practice, predominantly in emergency care; education, healthcare leadership and management. Chief nurse in two successful trusts, she retired from her role as executive chief nurse at University Hospitals Birmingham in 2013 to take up a portfolio career. Kay is an independent nurse adviser and has recently held an interim director of nursing role in Warwickshire supporting an acute trust. She also works as an adviser to Health Education England, providing advice on educational support of the care workforce and chairing the Trailblazer Apprenticeship development for unregistered staff. She worked on the nursing associate development and the Trailblazer for the registered nurse apprenticeship. Alongside this, Kay provides coaching and leadership to senior staff across the NHS at both Executive and sub Board level. Kay is also an associate of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, honorary senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham and a visiting professor at Birmingham City University. She was awarded the OBE in the birthday honours in 2014 for services to nursing.  

Aisha Holloway

Non-executive director and nurse academic adviser

Aisha Holloway is professor of nursing studies and head of nursing studies at the University of Edinburgh. She recently completed a CNO clinical academic research fellowship involving a programme of research funded by the MRC-PHIND exploring the feasibility and development of alcohol interventions in male remand prisoners in the UK. A registered adult nurse she has clinical experience in general medicine, acute medical admissions and intensive care. Aisha was previously the programme director for the master’s in advancing nursing practice in nursing studies and was the convenor of the Athena SWAN assessment team for the School of Health in Social Science leading the successful Bronze Award submission. Aisha has previously been seconded to the Scottish Government alcohol policy team as an honorary nurse consultant for alcohol research and policy. She is also chair of the Scottish Alcohol Research Network. Aisha studied at the University of Abertay, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Nottingham, and is a former chair of the Nursing Council on Alcohol. She was a member of the Department of Health alcohol policy team workforce training group and sits on the Alcohol Leadership Board at Public Health England.

Roy Grant

Non-executive director and adviser on HR and operations

Roy Grant joined RCNi board on 1 November 2013. Before this he worked as HR director in several sectors including banking, health and manufacturing. Most recently, Roy worked in media for Trinity Mirror Plc facing all the familiar challenges of its products moving online. Since 2013 Roy has worked as an HR consultant as well as holding non-executive roles for RCNi, Your Housing Group and Career Connect. His experience includes all aspects of human resources with an emphasis on merger and acquisition, change management and employee relations. Roy is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.    

Martin Richardson

Non-executive director and chair of audit committee

Martin Richardson has 40 years’ experience in the publishing industry. He has held a variety of executive positions with international publishers, most recently as a managing director with Oxford University Press. Martin has served on the boards of a number of trade organisations and has chaired the Published Licencing Society. He has also presented and published papers on the online development of scientific and medical publishing, particularly in the areas of new technology and business models. Since retiring from full-time work, Martin has become a consultant providing strategic advice to organisations such as the RCN and has contributed to a major writing project on the history of OUP, published in 2017. He is also studying music composition with the Open College of Arts.

Sophie Wybrew-Bond

Non-executive director and adviser on audience engagement and digital skills

Sophie Wybrew-Bond has 25 years' experience in media and information services (B2C and B2B) starting out as a marketer, then progressing from publisher through to managing director at Bauer Media's Entertainment portfolio. Most recently Sophie has been head of brand (creative & content) for Marks and Spencer, where she developed a publishing/content operation and oversaw every visual and written expression of M&S (from shop windows to advertising).