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New timetable announced for RCN presidential election after suspension

Nominations for leadership role open on 3 March

College adopts many recommendations made by independent reviewer to ensure smooth running of the election, with nominations open from 3 March

A new timetable has been announced for the RCN presidential elections, with nominations to open on 3 March.

Voting was suspended in August 2020 after two candidates were disqualified from running.

Amended campaigning guidelines to allow greater use of social media

The RCNs then returning officer, who was responsible for managing elections, said the pair had broken a rule prohibiting the use of RCN resources namely its social media platforms.

But an independent review by barrister Simon

College adopts many recommendations made by independent reviewer to ensure smooth running of the election, with nominations open from 3 March

Illustration announcing the RCN presidential elections for 2021

A new timetable has been announced for the RCN presidential elections, with nominations to open on 3 March.

Voting was suspended in August 2020 after two candidates were disqualified from running.

Amended campaigning guidelines to allow greater use of social media

The RCN’s then returning officer, who was responsible for managing elections, said the pair had broken a rule prohibiting the use of RCN resources – namely its social media platforms.

But an independent review by barrister Simon Cheetham QC, commissioned by the RCN’s ruling council, found no candidate had sought unfair advantage. It also found the returning officer had acted within the rules.

Announcing the new election timetable, the RCN said many of Mr Cheetham’s recommendations have been adopted to ‘ensure the smooth running’ of the election.

These include amending campaign guidelines to allow greater use of social media platforms and delegating the responsibilities of the returning officer to an independent scrutineer.

RCN chair of council Dave Dawes
David Dawes
Picture: John Houlihan

In addition, candidates are advised they should not undertake speaking engagements at RCN Group events during the election period, and RCN resources have been defined as those linked to recognised RCN entities, such as a branch or a forum.

RCN members have from Wednesday 3 March to Monday 29 March to put themselves forward for the role. The president also serves as a full member of RCN council.

Nominations must be supported by two RCN members

Candidates must have their nomination supported by two RCN members and have been a member themselves for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to the closing date for nominations.

Online hustings will take place on Thursday 13 May, the same day that voting opens.

Members have until 14 June to vote. The successful candidate will be announced on 15 June and take up their post on 1 July.

RCN chair of council Dave Dawes said: ‘RCN presidents have embodied the ambition, vision and values of members for more than a century, influencing nursing and improving patient care.

‘As the college continues to push for twin aims of safe staffing and improved pay – as well as supporting members working through the pandemic – this role is more important than ever.’


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