Nursing staff to debate issues such as assisted dying, corridor care and transgender care

The agenda for the Royal College of Nursing’s annual Congress has been announced.

Matt Bodell
19 February 2020
RCN Congress Liverpool

Discussions about the safety of nursing staff and patients will take centre-stage.

Assisted dying, corridor care and transgender care are just some of the topics on the agenda at the UK’s biggest nursing conference this June.


This year’s agenda puts the safety of nursing staff and patients at center-stage with members considering the effects of unpredictable shift patterns and whether the RCN should be lobbying all governments across the UK to take action to end “corridor care”.

Delegates will also debate the implications and opportunities for NHS staff following the introduction of mental health first aiders into the workplace, and how patients and staff who are affected by demonstrations outside abortion clinics can be supported.

A number of important issues for the RCN will be discussed too, including whether the College should establish an England country board, the impact of the staffing for safe and effective care campaign, and the role and purpose of RCN Congress.

Chair of RCN Congress BJ Waltho said: “As ever, a huge range of topics will be debated at Congress.


“The agenda demonstrates some of the different issues that members deal with through their work and it shows that they feel strongly enough to put them forward for discussion.

“The issues emerging from Congress each year are vital in shaping the work carried out by the RCN.

“We look forward to hearing from voices from all sides of the debates in Liverpool so that we continue to ensure the views and experiences of our members are heard.”

RCN Congress 2020 takes place at the ACC in Liverpool from Sunday 7 June to Thursday 11 June. Details, including booking information, the full agenda and how to submit emergency agenda items, are available on the Congress webpages.


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