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RCN appoints patient involvement policy adviser

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The RCN has appointed a policy adviser to lead its work in public and patient involvement.

Mark Platt will work on engaging patients and patient groups in health and social care policy, and look at the RCN’s involvement with patient experience, choice and quality.

But Mr Platt said his focus will be on structural patient involvement and his remit will not cover nurses’ practice.

“We are moving into a world where a framework is now in place for patient involvement, and I’ll be working on how we can ensure that nurses and the nursing profession can work with patients to involve them in developing policy,” he said.

He promised to look for “commonalities” between nurses’ and patients’ interest in public and patient involvment.

Mr Platt moves to the RCN with knowledge of the patient agenda from his former role as director of policy and public affairs at National Voices, previously the Long Term Conditions Alliance. Before that he worked for the CBI for five years.

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  • For crying out loud!

    How much money has been wasted on this unneccessary and vacuous post?

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  • What on earth are the RCN doing with our money. At a time when the country is asking for financial prudence and nurses could be facing their own hardship, the RCN goes and makes an appointment which is totally unconnected with the support for nurses.

    I find it crazy that some RCN members feel unsupported by organisations when there are poor staffing levels and low standards of care, yet here we have some form of "spin doctor" appointment which appears more political.

    I have a great deal of respect for the organisation and have been a member for many years, but making appointments like this and the now orchestrated RCN Congress, perhaps the time is now right for me to change.

    How sad.

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