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First HCAs to be elected to RCN council

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Voting is now open for the election of the first two “health practitioners” to serve on the Royal College of Nursing’s council.

RCN members who are either healthcare assistants or assistant practitioners can vote for two members to fill the new “health practitioner” seats on RCN council.

The two seats were created to give HCAs and APs “a voice” on the council, following the extension of full RCN membership to healthcare support workers, the college said in a statement.

The RCN voted overwhelmingly last year in favour of allowing full membership for HCAs and APs.

Previously they were only allowed to become associate members of the college, and had no representation on the RCN council.

At its annual general meeting in October, the RCN approved a motion enabling “health practitioners” to become full members. The motion was passed by 81.2% of the vote.

Voting is also now open for student members. Students will be electing two members to the student seats on RCN council, as usual.

Voting papers for all both sets of seats must be received by 14 September.

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