RCN congress

RCN congress 2015

RCN congress takes place in Bournemouth June 21-25, 2015

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) congress is a great opportunity for its members to network, debate issues that affect health policy, enhance their skills, and share best nursing practice. The days are filled with seminars and lectures about innovations in nursing and the latest healthcare policies. Everyone who attends has the chance to join the debate, and your opinions and feedback can help influence the future work of the RCN.

This year RCN congress returns to Bournemouth. RCNi will be there at our exhibition stand, number 46 Solent hall, all week. Come and visit us to discover our continuing professional development (CPD) materials, learn more about the benefits of subscribing to our website and wide range of nursing journals, and hear about how the RCNi Portfolio has been designed to help you with the new process of revalidation. You can enter our prize draw to win an iPad mini, as well as meet our specialist journal editors who will be available on the stand during the morning and afternoon debate breaks. We look forward to meeting you!

Meet the editors

Monday, June 22
10.45am-11.15am: Meet Alison Twycoss, editor of Evidence-Based Nursing, and Gary Bell, senior editor of RCNi specialist nursing journals

Tuesday, June 23
8.30am - 10.45am: Meet Nursing Standard deputy editor Janet Snell and share your thoughts on Nursing Standard
10.45am-11.30am: Meet Emergency Nurse and Nursing Management editor Nick Lipley, and Nurse Researcher managing editor and Primary Health Care editor Julie Sylvester
12pm - 2pm: Web editor Amanda Carter will be available to talk to you about rcni.com and the RCNi Portfolio
3.15pm-4pm: Meet Cancer Nursing Practice and Nursing Older People editor Lisa Berry

Wednesday, June 24
10.15am-11am: Editor Lisa Berry will be available to talk to you about writing for publication


RCN congress is split into three parts. The business side comprises debates and the Report of Council. This year the annual general meeting will also be held during congress week, and the RCN awards are given out on Sunday. They include RCN Fellowships, Awards of Merit and the Reps of the Year.

The congress exhibition is the largest nursing exhibition in the UK, and where we will have our stand.

The events programme is focused on professional development, where you can hear from experts and learn about innovation in practice.

Events programme

The programme includes professional and personal development sessions, educational seminars, and social and networking events. Take the opportunity to attend these sessions as you never know who you may meet and how they might influence and inspire your nursing career. This year we are running a few of these events ourselves. Have a look at our timetable to see what you can expect when you come along:

Raising concerns: support for student nurses
Fundamentals of care
Tuesday, June 23, 1pm-1.45pm BIC Tregonwell Hall, Syndicate Room 1

The Francis review: Freedom to speak up identified student nurses as a vulnerable group.

Their dual status as a member of their university and secondee to their placement organisation means that students are likely to miss out on training and information about raising concerns. Students are often said to be in a position to raise concerns: their customary knowledge of contemporary good practice and intolerance of poor practice, and the sometimes failure of real-life clinical practice to square with what they have studied in the classroom means that students can be strongly motivated to call for a halt to bad behaviour and actions. Yet, the Francis review largely failed to recommend how students, the most junior members of the profession, should be supported in their quest for justice for patients if they do raise concerns.

This seminar will hear from students who have raised concerns, as well as legal and professional speakers who have experience of these issues, who will discuss how the situation could be remedied.

Speakers: Howard Catton (chair), Clare Atkinson, Carol Roughley (whistleblower student)
Revalidation and your portfolio
Tuesday, June 23, 5.45pm-6.30pm BIC, Tregonwell Hall

In 2016, all nurses and midwives will be required to demonstrate evidence of their continuing competence and compliance with the NMC Code through a new process of revalidation. One of the key elements of this process is the introduction of a portfolio of evidence of continuing professional development, and reflection on practice. This session will review the process of revalidation, explaining some of the details that have emerged from the pilots being conducted by the NMC.

As part of its new website, RCNi is offering an e-portfolio to subscribers and this event will showcase the portfolio and provide delegates with access to it. Nurses who have already used the system will be available to answer questions.

Speakers: RCNi editorial director Graham Scott, Julian Eve, and Angela Pemberton, Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, NMC pilot site

The race equality standard in practice
Employment and Employment Relations
Wednesday, June 24, 12.45pm-1.30pm BIC Branksome Suite

Despite black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses comprising almost 20% of the nursing workforce, they are poorly represented in senior positions in the NHS. Organisations where BME staff are valued and feel they are treated fairly and equitably alongside their non-BME colleagues fare better in terms of patient satisfaction for care and outcomes. NHS England's Equality and Diversity Council announced last year that more action was needed to ensure employees from BME backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and fair treatment in the workplace. Since April, NHS employers have been required to demonstrate progress against a workforce race equality standard. This seminar will examine how NHS organisations can use the race equality standard indicators to ensure their organisation values all staff, and by default, all patients.

The new BME area of the RCNi website will also be launched at this event.

Speakers: Estephanie Dunn, RCN director, RCN North West  Region (Chair), Wellington Makala, equality and diversity adviser NELFT

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