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Trevor Clay - won fair pay for nurses


Trevor Clay was the man who won nurses a fair pay deal as general secretary of the RCN from 1982 to 1989.

Nursing Times Hall of Fame founder member Trevor Clay

Nursing Times Hall of Fame founder member Trevor Clay


During his time as general secretary, Mr Clay introduced the RCN to cross-party campaigning and developed a high media profile. He used this to lead the campaign that won an independent pay review body, clinical grading and a wholesale review of nursing education. He used his influence to educate the public and politicians on the importance of nurses playing an active role in management.

Mr Clay retired from his position as general secretary in 1989 due to ill-health and sadly died from emphysema, aged 57, in 1994.



Readers' comments (2)

  • Who does the research on these things? Trevor Clay was probably the best leader the RCN has seen so it's a shame that he gets so few column inches considering his achievements. I'm no lover of the current RCN leadership but even I know that he was general secretary from 1982 - 1989 and died of emphysema at the age of 57 in 1994.

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  • so what will be the outcome of the current debates? will all the issues be resolved? will the whole health service just explode, implode or pack up altogether leaving even more with poor care or without any at all? or are these debates surrounding all the issues just going to go on and on through generations of nurses with no changes except frayed tempers, poorer working and living conditions for the staff and further declining services to the population?

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