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RCN leadership told to forge better relationships with members and improve minority representation

Read what independent governance review says about how RCN needs to change
RCN's London headquarters

Read what independent governance review says about how RCN needs to change

Improving the relationship between the RCN's executive team and college members is of critical importance, an independent review of how the RCN is run found.

The reviews report also said the leadership should focus on how to achieve the RCNs short, medium, and long-term goals, and on valuing all roles in the organisation.

Among other recommendations was a need to boost representation at governance level of women and black, Asian or minority ethnic members, and members with disabilities.

Review prompted by complaints folllowing NHS pay deal

College members had voted for the review at their annual congress in 2019, prompted by complaints about how the college

Read what independent governance review says about how RCN needs to change


The RCN’s London headquarters  Picture: John Behets

Improving the relationship between the RCN's executive team and college members is of ‘critical’ importance, an independent review of how the RCN is run found.

The review’s report also said the leadership should focus on how to achieve the RCN’s short, medium, and long-term goals, and on valuing all roles in the organisation.

Among other recommendations was a need to boost representation at governance level of women and black, Asian or minority ethnic members, and members with disabilities.

Review prompted by complaints folllowing NHS pay deal


College members vote at their 2019 congress Picture: John Houlihan

College members had voted for the review at their annual congress in 2019, prompted by complaints about how the college communicated the 2018 NHS Agenda for Change pay deal in England to its members.

All the recommendations have been accepted in principle by the RCN's ruling council and college members can provide feedback on the review via governance.review@rcn.org.uk.

‘Review will help us build trust’

The council's chair, Dee Sissons said: ‘This report will help us increase our accountability to members; help build trust between members and those who hold delegated authority in their name; and ensure our way of working befits the nursing profession and an organisation with a proud history.’ 

The governance review was conducted by the Centre for Public Scrutiny.


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