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RCN council candidates announced in wake of pay debacle

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Candidates standing for election to the Royal College of Nursing’s governing council have been announced, following the decision of current members to stand down after a no confidence vote.

Elections opened after 12 of the 17 current council members announced they would stand down part-way through their terms.

This was after the extraordinary general meeting at which the majority of RCN members who voted signalled no confidence in the leadership of the current council.

The emergency meeting, held in Birmingham on 28 September, was forced by a petition set up last month by activists that was signed by over 1,000 RCN members.

This vote was in response to the RCN’s handling of the NHS pay deal for England, in which members were given inaccurate information about how the deal would be implemented in the first year.

On 25 July, chief executive and general secretary Janet Davies issued a personal apology to members over the concerns that the new Agenda for Change deal was not properly explained to staff. However, Ms Davies subsequently announced that she was stepping down at the end of the August over the issue.

Two days later, the college pledged to commission an independent external review into the “governance and process” that had resulted in its “understanding and communication” on the deal.

Details of who has put themselves forward for election can be found on the elections pages of the RCN’s website.

The elections are for one-year terms on council from 1 January in the following constituencies: East Midlands, London, Northern, Northern Ireland, North West, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & the Humber and health practitioners.

Elections will take place in all constituencies where more than one candidate is standing for election.

Where only one candidate has put themselves forward, they will be elected unopposed, unless they are found not to be eligible following the objection period.

RCN members have until Friday 2 November to raise objections to the candidates’ eligibility to stand for election or for the candidates themselves to withdraw from the process.

A final list of candidates will be confirmed following the objection period. Voting will open by postal ballot on 21 November and close on 11 December.


The following candidates below have been nominated for election to RCN council seats:

Health Practitioner

Northern Ireland 



East Midlands



North West

South East

South West

West Midlands

Yorkshire and the Humber 

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