The Royal College of Nursing has voted in favour of changing the RCN’s legal status so it is no longer a charity, and establishing a charitable foundation as a separate body.
The vote was taken at the RCN annual general meeting yesterday, with 22,488 members in favour of the motion, 1,047 against, and 526 abstentions.
The change will bring the RCN in line with the Charity Commission policy, which requires all the objectives of a charity to be charitable. The motion will allow the RCN to continue its professional and trade union functions, which do not fit this criteria.
Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN said: “These changes are essential to the future of the RCN. While the amendment means a change to the legal structure of the RCN, members should be reassured that they will continue to receive the same high quality services as now.”