Contingency plans are being put into place for a virtual event.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced a September date for this year’s annual Congress.
Based on current projections, both the College’s ruling Council and the Agenda Committee believe that the September date will give members the best chance of meeting face to face.
The event was originally scheduled for May but postponed due to ongoing social distancing measures and pressures on the nursing workforce.
This years Congress is now set to take place between Saturday the 18th to Monday the 20th of September in Liverpool.
Discussions are said to be ongoing with the venue exploring the option of extending these dates to run the usual four-day event, but for now members are asked to hold 18 to 20 September in their diaries.
The College says that “contingency plans” plans are being put into place for a virtual event if a face-to-face event is not possible.
Chair of the Agenda Committee BJ Waltho said: “Nursing staff across the UK have had an exceptionally challenging year.
“This makes RCN Congress 2021 all the more important to encourage open discussion and robust debate, allowing voices across our nursing membership to be heard.”
Chair of RCN Council Dave Dawes added: “Our members deserve the best 2021 Congress we can give them, and that is why we are planning first to host the event in-person.
“But like any other organisation, we are putting in place contingency plans for a virtual event.
“It is incredibly important to all of Council that members have their voice heard.”