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 RCN Nursing Awards, and help to develop careers and enhance practice with events such as the popular Nursing and Careers Jobs Fair, and revalidation seminars.


Journals

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:

Alison Dinning (Chair) Institute Clinical Lead (Education and Development), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Lorraine Hicking-Woodison Healthcare support worker adviser, Kent and Medway GP practices
Sandra Aitcheson Assistant Director Nursing Adult Services, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland Paul Jebb Associate director, nursing, experience & engagement, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Beverley Baker Matron, Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham Professor Daniel Kelly RCN chair of nursing research, Cardiff University
Joanne Bosanquet Chief Executive, Foundation of Nursing Studies Group Captain Di Lamb Defence professor of nursing, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
Professor James Buchan Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Taurai (Tara) Matare Senior nurse/advanced nurse practitioner (ophthalmology), Barts Health NHS Trust
Professor Clare Cable Chief Executive and Nurse Director, Queen's Nursing Institute, Scotland Manyara Mushore Course director, BSc mental health nursing; senior lecturer, London South Bank University
Professor Dave Clarke Associate Dean for Health, Social Well-being and Partnerships, University of the West of England, Bristol Liz Read Clinical ward manager, Bluebird House, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Reece Doonan Senior Research Nurse, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust Yana Richens Deputy head of maternity services, Nursing Directorate, Professional midwifery advocate, NHS England

Professor Tonks Fawcett

Professor of student learning (nurse education), University of Edinburgh    

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.


Events

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

Ana Waddington
Ana Waddington, RCN Nurse of the Year 2020
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 RCN Nursing 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.

Board of Directors

Executive directors

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

Non-executive directors

Tim Brooks

Chair

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 Public Digital, a digital transformation consultancy. He is also a director of Sedex, a global ethical trading organisation, and an adviser to Pharmaceutical Press, publishers of the British National Formulary. He serves on the Audit and Risk Committee of Samaritans, where he is also a listening volunteer in his spare time.


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.



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.   


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).


Dr Caroline Shuldham OBE

Non-executive director

Caroline joined the board of RCNi in November 2019. She is a registered nurse with a background in critical care and cardiac nursing, and chaired the RCNi editorial advisory board in 2015-2019.

Caroline is an independent consultant with experience in clinical governance, management, research and teaching. Among her roles, she is non-executive director at community care provider CSH Surrey and also chairs its quality and safety governance committee. Caroline is also an adviser on care matters to the trustees of a charity providing independent living accommodation and a care home for older residents. Previously she was executive director of nursing and clinical governance at Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

In all her roles, Caroline has a strong commitment to the well-being and safety of patients.


Susan Sinclair

Non-executive director

Susan joined the board of RCNi in May 2020. She is a registered nurse with a background in Haemato-Oncology, who undertook her return to Practice in 2012. In 2018 she completed an MBA.

Susan has held Board level roles in the acute sector, where she was the Director of Strategy at West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, in Primary Care and where she was the CEO of AT Medics, an at scale provider of NHS Primary Care services. She has recently commenced as Managing Director of the RM Partners Cancer Alliance.

Her nursing and care interests are focused around integrating care, oncology and end of life care and training and development of the nursing workforce.


Professor Rod Thomson

Non-executive director

Rod initially studied psychiatric nursing before training in general nursing and as a health visitor.

As well as working in Scotland, north west England and the West Midlands, his research and public health roles have taken him as far afield as Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States. 

Rod is a member of the European Commission’s expert advisory panel and a visiting professor at three UK universities.

He has recently retired as director of public health in Shropshire, but continues to volunteer at a hospice in Shrewsbury. In addition, he is an associate non-executive director at the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Rod has held several senior RCN roles including chair of congress from 2010 to 2014 and deputy president from 2015 to 2018.

He is currently council member for the RCN West Midlands region and was awarded the RCN fellowship in 2002. He is also a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.