The comprehensive review will look into the conduct of staff and elected members.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has ordered an expansion of its planned independent review to examine the “culture of the organisation” following accusations of serious sexual harassment.
Earlier this month the union announced it would be moving its annual Congress online-only in order to “protect” members from sexual harassment.
The review will be led by Bruce Carr QC and will look into the management of departure of staff and elected members, the roles and responsibilities of staff and elected members and the recent associations of sexual harassment.
Getting our own house in order.
Announcing the review, Pat Cullen, RCN General Secretary & Chief Executive, said: “Our work as a College is focused on empowering and supporting our members.
“To act in their best interests, we must also ensure that our own house is in order. This review is part of my commitment to bring about a real shift in culture through confident, strong and modern leadership.
“We must hold ourselves to the highest standards. Now is the time to thoroughly examine how our structures can set us up for success in the future and match our ambitions for nursing.
“Alongside the fight for fair pay and safe staffing, this is one of my absolute priorities as General Secretary & Chief Executive.”
A far-reaching and thorough investigation.
Begining his consultation with members, Bruce Carr QC said: “I’m committed to working sensitively with those in the RCN who may have been affected by these issues. Every member, no matter their role, wants to make sure the College is fit for purpose and is a worthy professional body and trade union for nursing staff.
“My review will be far-reaching and thorough, with recommendations made to enable the organisation to become a better, safer and more inclusive organisation in the future.”
Members and staff who wish to engage with the independent review can contact Bruce Carr QC directly at [email protected]. The closing date is 31 October 2021.