RCN council will stand down following vote of no confidence

Five of the 17 current Council members will not be standing down.

Clare Bodell
4 October 2018
RCN website

The Royal College of Nursing Council will stand down in December 2018.

Following a vote of no confidence during the EGM on Friday, the RCN Council is today announcing it will be standing down.


The RCN states that while the EGM vote of no confidence was advisory, the Council recognises the moral weight of the vote, and has acted accordingly.

Formal election processes will begin next week, with elections taking place as soon as possible and a new Council taking up office on 1st January 2019.  The current Council will remain in position until 31st December 2018 in order to provide a ‘transitional period’ for the College.

A detailed timetable for this process will be announced next week.

Some council members will not be standing down.

Five of the 17 current Council members will not be standing down following the vote of no confidence.


  • The President, Deputy President, and Student Council Member, whose terms come to an end on 31st December 2018.
  • The newly elected Council Member for the Eastern Region, who is yet to take up office.
  • The Chair of Congress (non-voting position), who joined Council in August 2018.

The RCN is currently seeking a permanent Chief Executive and General Secretary after Janet Davies resigned amid allegations the union “misrepresented” the NHS pay deal to its member in England.

Calls have been made by members on social media for Josie Irwin, the RCN’s Chief Negotiator for the pay deal, to also resign after an independent report highlighted significant failings.

Challenging times.

Dame Donna Kinnair, Acting Chief Executive and General Secretary, said: “The last two months have been some of the most challenging in the organisation’s history.  Our elected Council members have taken a difficult decision and have shown great personal integrity. I wish to thank Maria for her leadership and all Council members who gave loyal service.

“The College is already changing to ensure it engages the full breadth of its membership.  A new elected Council and a permanent Chief Executive and General Secretary will bring that fresh perspective and energy.”


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