Full programme

  • Sun 09:00 - 09:30 RCN foyer

    Students: Registration

    Register and collect Congress bag from the RCN foyer.

  • Sun 09:30 - 18:30 Galleria

    Students: Meet and greet

    Come along and meet up with other students, collect your T-shirt and find a buddy.

  • Sun 10:00 - 13:00 Galleria

    Students: Drop-in surgery

    Book a drop-in session and ask any questions.

  • Sun 10:30 - 11:00 Main Hall

    Debate: Nursing associates

    That this meeting of Congress discusses the introduction of the nursing associate role in healthcare.

  • Sun 11:00 - 11:30 Main Hall

    Debate: Emergency Resolution

    That this meeting of RCN Congress following the result of the pay poll, calls for a summer of planned protest activity followed by an industrial action ballot, should the next Westminster government fail to end of the policy of pay restraint.

  • Sun 12:15 - 12:45 Main Hall

    Debate: Clinical placement hours

    That this meeting of Congress urges RCN Council to demand that the NMC reduces student nurses' clinical placement hours in line with international comparators.

  • Sun 12:45 - 13:30 Main Hall

    Keynote Speaker: Janet Davies

    Keynote speaker – Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary

  • Sun 15:15 - 16:00 1B

    Students: Theory and practical assessment of the trauma patient

    Learn about the structured assessment of a trauma patient and join our hands on practical session and get an overview of how to assess and manage traumatic injuries.

  • Sun 15:15 - 16:00 1A

    Students: Registering this year, or newly registered?

    Delivered by newly qualified nurses, this session aims to advise students or newly qualified nurses on preparing for the transition to qualified nurse, how they can best manage this change and the support that is out there.

  • Sun 15:45 - 16:15 Main Hall

    Debate: Mandatory training

    That this meeting of Congress discusses the risks of employers failing to support mandatory training.

  • Sun 16:00 - 16:45 1A

    Students: Registering this year, or newly registered?

    Delivered by newly qualified nurses, this session aims to advise students or newly qualified nurses on preparing for the transition to qualified nurse, how they can best manage this change and the support that is out there.

  • Sun 16:00 - 16:45 1B

    Students: Theory and practical assessment of the trauma patient

    Learn about the structured assessment of a trauma patient and join our hands on practical session and get an overview of how to assess and manage traumatic injuries.

  • Sun 16:15 - 16:45 Main Hall

    Debate: Education and development

    That this meeting of Congress discusses the impact of the reducing investment in the education and development of the nursing workforce across the UK.

  • Sun 17:30 - 18:00 Main Hall

    Debate: Mentors

    That this meeting of Congress discusses the recent study which revealed that some mentors are manipulated and even threatened by student nurses they are supporting.

  • Sun 17:30 - 18:30 1A

    Students: Trauma patient

    Consolidate your knowledge and join our practical demonstration of how to assess and manage traumatic injuries.

  • Sun 18:00 - 18:30 Main Hall

    Debate: Autism

    That this meeting of Congress requests RCN Council to commission research in relation to Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

  • Sun 23:00 - 01:01

    Students: Social

    Join fellow RCN student members at this welcome reception and get your Congress off to a great start.

  • Mon 09:00 - 09:30 RCN foyer

    Students: Registration

    Register and collect Congress bag from the RCN foyer.

  • Mon 09:30 - 18:30 GALLERIA

    Students: Meet and greet

    Come along and meet up with other students, collect your T-shirt and find a buddy.

  • Mon 10:00 - 13:00 Galleria

    Students: Drop-in surgery

    Book a drop-in session and ask any questions.

  • Mon 10:30 - 11:00 Main Hall

    Debate: Nursing with dementia

    That this meeting of Congress urges RCN Council to develop a strategy for supporting members with dementia to continue nursing.

  • Mon 10:45 - 11:15 Main Hall

    Debate: Parity of esteem

    That this meeting of Congress condemns the UK governments' failure to deliver 'parity of esteem' and urges RCN Council to insist that this is addressed urgently.

  • Mon 11:15 - 11:45 Main Hall

    Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Corbyn

    Jeremy Corbyn leader for Labour attended Congress 2017.

  • Mon 13:00 - 13:30 Main Hall

    Keynote Speaker: Tim Farron

    Tim Farron leader for the Liberal Democrats will be attending Congress 2017.

  • Mon 15:15 - 15:45 Main Hall

    Debate: Wellness

    That this meeting of Congress debates whether we are disabling our patients by focusing on illness rather than wellness.

  • Mon 15:15 - 16:00 1B

    Students: Alternative careers in nursing

    Have you ever thought about what life is like as a nurse in the military or in relief work?

  • Mon 15:15 - 16:00 1A

    Students: Nothing to be done?

    Company of Friends is a drama group from Liverpool made up of people with learning disabilities. Their humorous play is inspired by the Irish writer Samuel Beckett.

  • Mon 15:45 - 16:15 Main Hall

    Debate: The NHS

    That this meeting of Congress believes that the NHS still provides the fairest method of providing health care across the UK,

  • Mon 16:00 - 16:45 1B

    Students: Alternative careers in nursing

    Have you ever thought about what life is like as a nurse in the military or in relief work?

  • Mon 16:00 - 16:45 1A

    Students: Nothing to be done?

    Company of Friends is a drama group from Liverpool made up of people with learning disabilities. Their humorous play is inspired by the Irish writer Samuel Beckett.

  • Mon 16:15 - 16:45 Main Hall

    Debate: Nurse debriefing

    That this meeting of Congress considers that nurse debriefing is crucial after each shift.

  • Mon 17:30 - 18:00 Main Hall

    Debate: Emergency Resolution

    That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the implications of Brexit following the triggering of Article 50.

  • Tue 10:15 - 10:45 Main Hall

    Debate: Designated places of safety

    That this meeting of Congress asks RCN Council to lobby to ensure that Emergency Departments are no longer designated places of safety for the purposes of Mental Health legislation.

  • Tue 10:45 - 11:15 Main Hall

    Debate: AfC re-banding

    That this meeting of Congress, in the light of pay restraint and downbanding, calls on RCN Council to demand a systematic re-banding of nursing jobs throughout the NHS under Agenda for Change.

  • Tue 11:15 - 11:20 Main Hall

    Debate: Emergency Resolution

    That this meeting of RCN Congress deplores the contempt shown in the letter from the Prime Minister for the Royal College of Nursing and the nursing family, and asks the General Secretary to reply to her in the strongest possible terms.

  • Tue 11:20 - 11:45 Main Hall

    Debate: Emergency departments

    That this meeting of Congress discusses whether Emergency Departments should be able to say no.

  • Tue 12:30 - 13:00 Main Hall

    Debate: Asylum seekers and refugees

    That this meeting of Congress discusses the health care provision for asylum seekers and refugees throughout the UK.

  • Tue 13:00 - 13:45 Main Hall

    Keynote Speaker: Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn

    Jonny Benjamin is a British mental health campaigner, author and vlogger. In January 2014 he launched a social media campaign called Find 'Mike' to search for the stranger who talked him out of taking his own life in 2008.

  • Wed 10:30 - 11:20 Main Hall

    Debate: Cycle helmets

    That this meeting of Congress asks RCN Council not to support any proposals to make the use of cycle helmets compulsory.

  • Wed 11:15 - 11:45 Main Hall

    Debate: People trafficking

    That this meeting of Congress urges RCN Council to campaign for robust systems that assist nurses to identify and support trafficked men and women.

  • Wed 11:20 - 12:00 Main Hall

    Debate: Working time regulations

    That this meeting of RCN Congress asks Council to challenge vigorously employers who fail in their duty to comply with working time regulations.

  • Wed 12:30 - 13:00 Main Hall

    Debate: STPs

    That this meeting of Congress discusses the role of nurses in the development and implementation of Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

  • Wed 13:00 - 13:45 Main Hall

    Keynote Speaker: Jane McAlevey

    Dr Jane F McAlevey is a union and community organiser, educator and author.

  • Wed 15:15 - 15:45 Main Hall

    Debate: Assaults

    That this meeting of RCN Congress asks Council to lobby the government to amend existing legislation regarding the assault of health care workers.

  • Wed 16:15 - 16:45 Main Hall

    Debate: Benefits

    That this meeting of Congress asks RCN Council to insist that the Government urgently reviews its appalling management of benefits.

  • Sat 15:30 - 16:30

    Service at St Malachy's Church

    The opening of 2018 Congress will be celebrated at the annual Nurses’ Day service of thanksgiving.

  • Sat 18:00 - 20:00 Main Auditorium

    Opening and awards ceremony

    Join RCN Council for the official opening of RCN Congress 2018.

  • Sat 20:30 - 21:30
  • Sun 09:15 - 09:45 Bar 2, Level 2

    Easy stretches for Sunday morning

    A very gentle full body stretch that will be done mostly lying down, no experience or fitness is required.

  • Sun 10:10 - 11:30 Main Auditorium

    Welcome to Congress and debates

    Chair of Congress will welcome delegates to the first day of the Congress agenda in the Main Hall and the first debate of the day.

  • Sun 10:30 - 11:00 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Recruitment and retention

    That this meeting of RCN Congress deplores and condemns the UK Government's failure to recognise the impact of their policies on the recruitment and retention of registered nurses, and demands credible action and engagement with the RCN.

  • Sun 11:00 - 11:30 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Staff substitution

    That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the casual redeployment of staff within the healthcare system to work in areas of unknown expertise.

  • Sun 12:15 - 12:45 Main Auditorium

    Emergency resolution

    That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the success of our summer of activism, the subsequent pay offer and actions thereafter.

  • Sun 12:45 - 13:30 Main Auditorium

    Keynote speaker: Janet Davies

    Keynote speaker – Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary

  • Sun 13:45 - 14:15 Bar 2, Level 2

    I can't believe I'm doing yoga!

    Easy to follow, fully guided stretches, strengthening and breathing exercises that you can do almost anywhere to improve flexibility and alignment.

  • Sun 14:00 - 14:45 Boardroom 1

    The development of a competency portfolio for emergency nurses

    The event is aimed at emergency nurses, anyone interested in emergency care and those who wish to develop a competency portfolio.

  • Sun 14:00 - 14:45 Meeting Room 2B

    How nursing and nurses can impact global health

    This event will be led by speakers from organisations and campaigns who highlight and empower nursing globally.

  • Sun 14:00 - 14:45 Meeting Room 3A

    Delirium Champions in the community

    This event will showcase the RCN’s Delirium Champions project, providing background to the project, a view of the education materials and evaluation received so far.

  • Sun 14:00 - 14:45 Meeting Room 2A

    Celebrating nursing practice: Sharing practice that makes a difference to our patients' experience

    The Celebrating Nursing Practice project was developed to enable the production of a library of good practice.

  • Sun 14:00 - 14:45 Meeting Room 1A

    Keeping up with the evidence

    This session will look at how nurses and midwives keep up with the vast volume of research published every day to ensure that their practice is based on best evidence.

  • Sun 14:00 - 14:45 Meeting Room 3B

    Getting your voice heard: Nursing and political influencing

    RCN members have been fantastic over the last year, putting their case forward for positive change, and we want to build on that enthusiasm and experience to inspire more members to engage politically.

  • Sun 14:00 - 14:45 Boardroom 3

    Educational framework for ENT and aural care practice

    This event will launch the updated national educational competency frameworks for ENT and aural nursing care.

  • Sun 14:30 - 15:00 Bar 2, Level 2

    Laughter yoga

    Feel the powerful mental and physical benefits of laughter and feel brilliant.

  • Sun 15:15 - 15:45 Main Auditorium

    Council's Report to Congress

    In this session, Chair of Council Maria Trewern will present Council's Report to Members on Congress 2017.

  • Sun 15:15 - 16:45 Studio

    Students Programme: Caring for patients with additional learning needs for non-learning disability nurses

    AFTA Thought has been using drama to train people at work for 25 years, enabling positive change through the sensitive, sensible presentation of difficult and challenging issues.

  • Sun 15:15 - 16:00 Room 1A

    Students Programme: ‘Just Relax’ session

    Mental health is just as an important aspect of your health as is your physical health. We need to be mindful of the stresses and strains we find ourselves in, because if we can't look after ourselves, how are we expected to look after our patients?

  • Sun 15:45 - 16:15 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Limited companies

    That this meeting of RCN Congress condemns and deplores the transfer of NHS staff to limited companies.

  • Sun 16:00 - 16:45 Room 1A

    Students Programme: Assessing the deteriorating child

    How to assess a deteriorating child – an ABCDE approach in paediatric emergency care.

  • Sun 16:15 - 16:45 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Overseas nurses

    That this meeting of RCN Congress calls on Council to demand that the UK Government urgently waive the immigration health surcharge fees for nurses on work permits and their dependents.

  • Sun 17:30 - 18:00 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Public toilets

    That this meeting of RCN Congress calls on Council to campaign for local government to provide accessible public toilets catering for a broad range of needs.

  • Sun 18:00 - 18:30 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Hydration

    That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses how we challenge the draconian practice of staff not being allowed water bottles in clinical settings.

  • Sun 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 2B

    All you see is not all that there is?

    Health care settings are strange, unfamiliar places to many – we only tend to go to them when we are unwell – so finding your way through what can seem like a maze is hard.

  • Sun 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 1B

    Specialists versus generalists: Getting the balance right for the nursing workforce

    In an uncertain world of the increasingly complex needs of patients and communities, we need to redesign the workforce to promote flexibility, transferable skills and better predictability of outcomes.

  • Sun 18:45 - 19:30 Boardroom 1

    Share expertise in catheter maintenance solution when managing blocked catheters

    This event is aimed at all community and acute health care professionals that manage urethral/supra pubic catheters.

  • Sun 18:45 - 19:30 Boardroom 3

    Seeking member views: NMC on Fitness to Practice and the PSA on the duty of candour

    The RCN is seeking your input into our responses to two consultations, one by the NMC on Fitness to Practice and one by the PSA on the duty of candour.

  • Sun 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 1A

    Implementing advanced practice: What governance is required?

    Advanced practice has developed rapidly in the last two years. Organisations are employing advanced practitioners but many organisations, and some practitioners, do not understand what governance needs to be in place, how advanced practitioners should be managed, the need for credentialing and how all this should be implemented.

  • Sun 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 3A

    The NHS: 70 years and counting

    This event begins with an illustrated presentation to highlight the poor health of the population in post-war Britain.

  • Sun 18:45 - 19:15 Bar 2, Level 2

    Yoga taster, with deep relaxation

    See how good it feels to get all your joints moving more freely and stretch out any tight muscles, afterwards you’ll be one of those people telling everyone how great yoga is!

  • Sun 18:45 - 19:30 Studio

    NHS Pay and Pay Review Body

    This session will inform delegates of the outcome of the pay discussions for 2018/19.

  • Sun 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 2A

    Competency guidance for nurses in travel health medicine

    The RCN first published guidelines and standards for nurses in travel health medicine in 2007 and these were updated in 2012.

  • Sun 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 3B

    Boost your communications skills: An introduction to British Sign Language

    BSL is the language of the UK’s deaf community and with more than 11 million people – or one in six of the population – with some form of hearing loss, even some basic signing skills will improve your communication skills immensely.

  • Sun 20:30 - 23:00

    Country and regional receptions

    Get your Congress off to a great start by joining fellow RCN members at a welcome reception.

  • Sun 23:00 - 00:55 Exhibition Suite

    Social event hosted by RCN Students

    Big Birthday Bash: Come and join the RCN Students Committee to continue the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of students being in RCN membership.

  • Mon 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 3A

    Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC): An accessible co-ordinated support service for victims/survivors and families

    The frequency of sexual violence and abuse is greater than people think and crosses the life span to include children, adults and the elderly.

  • Mon 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 2B

    Making disability equality a reality in the workplace

    Despite progress, there is a widening gap in the experience of those with some form of disability and those without.

  • Mon 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 2A

    Job evaluation: What it is and how it works

    This event will cover what members need to know about Job Evaluation (JE).

  • Mon 09:00 - 09:45 Boardroom 1

    HEE’s Clinical endoscopist training programme

    Health Education England has developed a new route into endoscopy for suitably qualified, registered health professionals, including nurses.

  • Mon 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 1B

    Eye care: Identification and treatment of emergency and non-emergency ophthalmic conditions

    This workshop is aimed at all non-ophthalmic health care professionals and will benefit delegates by introducing them to safe, evidence-based ophthalmic practice and giving them the tools to recognise emergency and non-emergency ophthalmic conditions.

  • Mon 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 1A

    District nursing: Safer caseloads, acuity, demand and capacity

    The delivery of a district nursing service is extremely complex, often to the most vulnerable in our society. At the core is a need to ensure the safety of both the patient and staff population.

  • Mon 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 3B

    Time and space: Person-centred self care

    At Congress 2017, a Matter for Discussion addressed the need for health care staff – in any location or field – to self-care and debrief before and after shifts. The Time and Space project – launching in 2018/2019 – will provide an awareness of how just a little attention to ourselves can build resilience and a healthy work-life balance.

  • Mon 09:15 - 09:45 Bar 2, Level 2

    Good morning stretch

    An energising and uplifting start to your day!

  • Mon 10:15 - 10:45 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Body cameras

    This meeting of RCN Congress discusses whether the use of body cameras would improve safety for staff and patients.

  • Mon 10:15 - 11:15 Main Auditorium

    Welcome to Congress and debates

    Information about the debate that will take place in the Main Hall at this time will be available on the website and from the Information Hub at the Waterfront the day before.

  • Mon 10:45 - 11:15 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Male nurses

    That this meeting of RCN Congress asks Council to develop and promote a strategy to recruit more men into the nursing profession.

  • Mon 11:15 - 12:00 Main Auditorium

    Keynote speaker: Will Hutton

    Keynote speaker – Will Hutton, political economist, academic and journalist

  • Mon 12:45 - 13:15 Main Auditorium

    Emergency Resolution

    At the 50th anniversary of students in membership of the RCN this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the disparity across the UK in nurse education funding.

  • Mon 13:15 - 13:45 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Child refugees

    That this meeting of RCN Congress demands that the UK Government abides by the ‘Dubs Amendment’ to enable unaccompanied refugee children to settle in the UK.

  • Mon 14:00 - 14:30 Bar 2, Level 2

    Movement class

    It can be impossible to find time to exercise when we’re so busy, but there are lots of easy ways we can bring movement into our lives with minimal effort and maximum benefit. You’ll never wonder what to do while the kettle boils again!

  • Mon 14:15 - 15:00 Meeting Room 1B
  • Mon 14:15 - 15:00 Meeting Room 3B

    Tea Dance

    React, reflect and re-connect. Using music, movement and visual props to establish a safe place for communication and connection without the use of words.

  • Mon 14:15 - 15:00 Boardroom 3

    Modern slavery

    It is estimated that there are over 130,000 people trapped in slavery across the UK.

  • Mon 14:15 - 15:00 Meeting Room 2A

    Managing the critically ill patient

    Dealing with a critically ill patient is one of the most stressful events that nurses deal with regularly.

  • Mon 14:15 - 15:00 Studio

    John Goodlad Memorial Lecture

    John Goodlad worked for the RCN as a labour relations officer from 1977 until his death in November 1991. This annual lecture was established as a tribute to him.

  • Mon 14:15 - 15:00 Boardroom 1

    Fringe benefits? Organising and negotiating better pay with independent employers

    Learn how to ask for better pay, terms and conditions in independent employers.

  • Mon 14:15 - 15:00 Meeting Room 1A

    Financial Planning Can Help Prepare for Retirement

    Planning for retirement is no longer just a case of putting money in to a pension.

  • Mon 14:15 - 15:00 Meeting Room 3A

    Dogs in health settings: The RCN protocol

    This event will discuss the role that dogs have in supporting the health and wellbeing of people in health care settings.

  • Mon 14:15 - 15:00 Meeting Room 2B

    An audience with Chief Nursing Officer for Wales

    Join Professor Jean White CBE, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Wales and hear her thoughts on the challenges and opportunities for nursing in Wales.

  • Mon 14:30 - 15:00 Boardroom 2, Level 2

    Spinal health workshop

    Learn from someone who has managed chronic back pain for 10 years.

  • Mon 15:15 - 15:45 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Harassment

    That this meeting of RCN Congress asks Council to take action to ensure that all Health Care Providers demonstrate a commitment to zero tolerance of third party harassment.

  • Mon 15:15 - 16:00 Meeting Room 1A

    Students Programme: Organ donation – saving and transforming lives

    Over 50,000 transplant recipients are alive in the UK today thanks to the generosity of organ donors and their families. However, there is an urgent shortage of organs and three people die every day while waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

  • Mon 15:15 - 16:00 Studio
  • Mon 15:45 - 16:15 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Mental health staffing

    That this meeting of RCN Congress calls on Council to commission research into therapeutic staffing levels for mental health nursing.

  • Mon 16:05 - 16:50 Studio

    Students Programme: The Bounce Back Boy: a continuing education resource (film)

    The purpose of this event is to launch a film and associated educational resource.

  • Mon 16:05 - 16:50 Room 1A

    Students Programme: Writing for publication

    Writing for publication is a daunting prospect for most.

  • Mon 16:15 - 16:45 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Public health funding

    That this meeting of RCN Congress calls on Council to lobby the UK Government to reverse the cuts in funding for Public Health Nurses.

  • Mon 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 3B

    The defence nursing contribution to improving global health

    Following on from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health Triple Impact Report, Nursing Now, launched in February 2018, is a campaign to improve health globally by raising the status and profile of nursing.

  • Mon 18:45 - 19:30 Boardroom 1

    Physical activity for the management and prevention of disease

    The UK has amongst the lowest levels of physical activity, with almost 25% of people defined as ‘inactive’. Very brief advice on physical activity from health care professionals has been shown to improve clinical outcomes.

  • Mon 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 3A

    Nursing in care homes: Greatest role, greatest difference

    Caring for older people in care homes is often undervalued despite being a highly complex and skilled role, bringing physical, mental and emotional intelligence to nursing frail people with multiple long-term conditions.

  • Mon 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 2B

    Neuropathic pain: Back to basics

    This event is aimed at all members of the nursing family.

  • Mon 18:45 - 19:15 Bar 2, Level 2

    Mindfulness meditation

    Get comfortable for a mindfulness meditation that has been shown to have major benefits for stress reduction and much more.

  • Mon 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 1B

    Menopause and the workforce

    As a predominantly female profession all nurses will come into contact with a colleague or patient who is having menopausal symptoms.

  • Mon 18:45 - 19:30 Studio

    Mary Seacole Lecture: Leveraging leadership in the fight for inclusion

    With inequality and social division rising sharply across society, this lecture provides valuable space to enhance your knowledge and skills in promoting equality and inclusion in your personal leadership practice as a nurse.

  • Mon 18:45 - 19:30 Boardroom 3

    How safe are our children? NSPCC research across the UK

    Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility not just those who work directly with children and young people.

  • Mon 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 1A

    Drink wise, age well

    Age-related changes to the body coupled with life transitions mean that those who are over 50 years of age are more vulnerable to the harms of alcohol.

  • Mon 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 2A

    The Nursing Now campaign: A global initiative

    The Nursing Now campaign aims to improve health globally by raising the profile of nursing, demonstrating what more it can achieve, and enabling nurses to maximise their contribution to achieving universal health coverage.

  • Mon 20:30 - 00:00
  • Tue 09:00 - 09:45 Studio

    The new pre-registration nursing standards

    Charlotte McArdle will chair a discussion with the NMC’s Geraldine Walters (Director, Education, Standards and Policy), on the NMC’s new pre-registration nursing standards.

  • Tue 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 1A

    The role of the nursing community in providing evidence for ill health and disability welfare benefit assessments

    A round table event offers delegates a chance to share good practice, and potentially influence future RCN guidance in this area.

  • Tue 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 2B

    Pensions update

    The UK Government wants people to save more for their retirement. This event will describe the current pensions landscape.

  • Tue 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 2A

    Management of frailty in care homes and the community

    This interactive event will provide delegates with an overview of frailty in the context of care homes and community settings.

  • Tue 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 3B

    How to ensure your competence in orthopedic nursing

    This event will discuss the RCN Society of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing’s latest project.

  • Tue 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 3A

    Culture in care homes

    Working as part of My Home Life with Ulster University we have developed tools to help care home managers and staff address culture in care homes.

  • Tue 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 1B

    RCN Reps making a difference: Building an active workplace community

    This event will inspire delegates to become more active within the RCN.

  • Tue 09:15 - 09:45 Meeting Room 1A

    Tai Chi/Yoga flow

    Start the day with some gentle Tai Chi to warm up your whole body and get all your joints moving, followed by some flowing yoga postures that leave you smiling inside and out.

  • Tue 10:10 - 11:45 Main Auditorium

    Welcome to Congress and debates

    Information about the debate that will take place in the Main Hall at this time will be available on the website and from the Information Hub at the Waterfront the day before.

  • Tue 10:15 - 10:30 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Robots

    That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the issues involved in the potential role of robots in health and social care.

  • Tue 10:30 - 10:55 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Membership eligibility

    That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses whether it is right that full nurse membership of the RCN is available to individuals who do not remain on the NMC register.

  • Tue 10:55 - 11:20 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Prison nursing

    That this meeting of RCN Congress calls on Council to work with employers to improve the morale and working conditions of prison nursing staff across the UK.

  • Tue 11:20 - 11:45 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Diagnostic overshadowing

    That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses diagnostic overshadowing and the role nurses can play in addressing this particularly for people with learning disabilities.

  • Tue 12:15 - 13:00 The Studio, Level 1

    Health Practitioners Programme: Record keeping and delegation

    This is an interactive health practitioner session which will cover record keeping and delegation.

  • Tue 12:30 - 13:00 Main Auditorium

    Emergency Resolution

    That this meeting of Congress asks RCN Council to call for urgent action to be taken to preserve the field of learning disability nursing.

  • Tue 13:00 - 13:45 Main Auditorium

    Keynote speaker: Christie Watson

    Keynote speaker – Christie Watson, author

  • Tue 14:00 - 14:30 Bar 2, Level 2

    Back care stretching and strengthening class

    If you want to manage or avoid back pain, don't miss this session.

  • Tue 14:15 - 15:00 Boardroom 3

    RCN LGBT Network meeting

    This event will hear from a number of community organisations in Northern Ireland and learn more about the challenges and triumphs associated with LGBT equality in this area.

  • Tue 14:15 - 15:00 Meeting Room 1A

    RCN Digital ready consultation

    In this session learn about what the digital future for nursing might look like and how the journey to a modern future could be achieved.

  • Tue 14:15 - 15:00 Boardroom 1

    Pitfalls and pinnacles - Writing for publication

    This workshop aims to dispel some of the myths related to seeing your name in print and show what a rewarding experience it can be.

  • Tue 14:15 - 15:00 Meeting Room 1B

    Nursing beyond nurses

    This event will shine a light on the outstanding contribution of nursing beyond nurses and will encourage members to share how the wider voice of nursing can be heard in all quarters.

  • Tue 14:15 - 15:00 Meeting Room 3B

    Nurses working together across borders - Ireland and Northern Ireland

    This seminar will explore common themes related to the nursing workforce in Ireland and Northern Ireland, including cross-border co-operation and All-Ireland health care delivery.

  • Tue 14:15 - 15:00 Meeting Room 2A

    Leadership, energy, change and you!

    In this session you will learn about the new leadership environment as a platform for managing and leading more effectively.

  • Tue 14:15 - 15:00 Studio

    Im an organiser get me in there

    This workshop – aimed at any members wanting to take a more active role in their workplace – will help you take a new look at how to engage members and non-members, grow RCN membership and help you to work with members in order to effect change in the workplace.

  • Tue 14:15 - 15:00 Meeting Room 2B

    Genomics - Nothing but junk?

    Advances in the world of genomics, genetics and epigenetics and the implications they have for nurses across all fields of practice.

  • Tue 14:15 - 15:00 Meeting Room 3A

    Childhood obesity: Working with families

    Speakers Yancy Jensen and Caroline Machamire, Healthy Weight Specialist Nurses for Evelina London discuss ways of engaging and working with families to address childhood obesity.

  • Tue 14:30 - 15:00 Boardroom 2

    Optimise your brain power

    Discover the amazing things that your brain does, understand what thoughts are and which ones are worth worrying about.

  • Tue 15:15 - 15:45 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Suicide

    That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses ways to improve suicide awareness within nursing practice.

  • Tue 15:15 - 15:55 Room 1A

    Health Practitioners Programme: End of Life Care

    This is an interactive health practitioner session which will cover end of life care.

  • Tue 15:15 - 15:55 The Studio

    Health Practitioners Programme: Dementia Care

    This is an interactive health practitioner session which covers dementia care.

  • Tue 15:45 - 16:15 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Cannabis

    That this meeting of RCN Congress requests Council to lobby governments across the UK for the decriminalisation of cannabis for medicinal use.

  • Tue 16:00 - 16:40 Room 1A

    Health Practitioners Programme: Tissue Viability

    This interactive health practitioner session will cover tissue viability.

  • Tue 16:00 - 16:40 The Studio

    Health Practitioners Programme: Dementia Care

    This is an interactive health practitioner session which will cover dementia care.

  • Tue 16:15 - 16:45 Main Auditorium

    Emergency Resolution

    That this meeting of RCN Congress asks Council to show its strength by lobbying the government of the UK for a referendum on the final Brexit deal.

  • Tue 17:15 - 17:55 The Studio

    Health Practitioners Programme: The Impact of Developing Health Care Support Workers

    This is an interactive health practitioner session which will cover the impact of developing health care support workers.

  • Tue 17:15 - 17:55 Room 1A

    Health Practitioners Programme: Tissue Viability

    This interactive health practitioner session will cover tissue viability.

  • Tue 17:30 - 18:00 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Bed rest impact

    That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses how the nursing family can reduce the risk of patients deconditioning whilst in hospital.

  • Tue 18:00 - 18:30 Main Auditorium

    Debate: NHS/Independent Sector

    That this meeting of RCN Congress debates the need to re-balance RCN resources between NHS and Independent Sector members.

  • Tue 18:00 - 18:30 The Studio

    Health Practitioners Programme: Interactive session with Public Health Agency's Mary Hinds

    An interactive session for health practitioners with Mary Hinds, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals at Public Health Agency

  • Tue 18:45 - 19:30 Boardroom 3

    RCN retired members 'drop in'

    This event is aimed at retired RCN members. We will update members on the work of the RCN in the National Pensioners Convention (NPC).

  • Tue 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 3B

    Race equality: Responding to challenges ahead for nurses and nursing

    Race has the power to generate division and fear yet Yvonne Coghill OBE, National Director of the Workforce Race Equality Standard shows us what we can achieve to move past those barriers together.

  • Tue 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 2A

    Overcoming isolation and loneliness in nursing

    This event aims to highlight the effects of working in isolation have on an individual’s emotional wellbeing and work performance.

  • Tue 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 2B

    Mouth care and its importance at end of life

    This workshop will address why mouth care is so important at end of life.

  • Tue 18:45 - 19:30 Studio

    Mona Grey Lecture: The perception of nursing

    A panel discussion will launch the Transforming Perception of Nursing and Midwifery Programme.

  • Tue 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 1A

    Mental health nursing workforce of the future

    An event is to promote engagement with Forum activities and share ongoing work from Parliament to frontline.

  • Tue 18:45 - 19:30 Boardroom 1

    Identifying long term effects on nurses caring for casualties of conflict

    This seminar will present findings of how ‘story-telling’ can expose the long-term impact on nurses who cared for patients injured by bombs and bullets.

  • Tue 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 3A

    How to access CPD in a challenging fiscal climate

    An event to provide registered nurses and HCAs with the information and resources available to access high quality, low cost continuing professional development (CPD) in a challenging fiscal climate.

  • Tue 18:45 - 19:15 Bar 2, Level 2

    Breathing techniques for stress reduction

    A range of simple breathing techniques you can do anywhere, giving you the power to feel calmer and more relaxed whenever you want!

  • Tue 18:45 - 19:30 Meeting Room 1B

    Using telemedicine to support carers and residents in care homes

    Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has been delivering a telemedicine service to prisons since 2007 and to nursing and residential care homes since 2011.

  • Tue 20:30 - 00:00
  • Wed 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 2A

    Improving services between health and mental health for young people

    This event aims to showcase how the Children’s Hospital for Wales has improved services for children and young people (CYP) presenting in crisis requiring support from mental health services.

  • Wed 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 1A

    Safe-staffing - From plans to reality

    Almost every member of the health care profession is affected by staffing level issues.

  • Wed 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 2B

    The whole bleeding story

    After this event, delegates will be able to return to their area of practice with an increased awareness of the many roles within the transfusion journey.

  • Wed 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 3A
  • Wed 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 1B

    Understanding TB and case management for patients on TB treatment

    This event is aimed at anyone interested in understanding more about TB and how to manage it.

  • Wed 09:00 - 09:45 Meeting Room 3B

    Planning an International Elective: What you need to know

    There are many opportunities for student and qualified nurses to work internationally.

  • Wed 09:15 - 09:45 Bar 2, Level 2

    Easy stretches for your back neck and shoulders

    The ideal way to prepare for your journey home.

  • Wed 09:45 - 10:30 Boardroom 2 (level 2)

    Seeking member views: NMC on Fitness to Practice and the PSA on the duty of candour

    The RCN is seeking your input into our responses to two consultations, one by the NMC on Fitness to Practice and one by the PSA on the duty of candour.

  • Wed 10:10 - 13:15 Main Auditorium

    Welcome to Congress and debates

    Information about the debate that will take place in the Main Hall at this time will be available on the website and from the Information Hub at the Waterfront the day before.

  • Wed 10:15 - 10:45 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Community nursing

    That this meeting of RCN Congress considers the need for funding and resource to follow the patient so that community nursing capacity can meet increasing demand.

  • Wed 10:45 - 11:15 Main Auditorium

    Debate: Social care

    That this meeting of RCN Congress asks Council to lobby all political parties to work together to develop a fair and sustainable funding model for social care.

  • Wed 11:45 - 12:15 TBC Main Auditorium

    Debate: Flu vaccine

    That this meeting of RCN Congress discusses the low uptake within nursing of the seasonal influenza vaccine and the implications for patient care.

  • Wed 12:15 - 12:45 Main Auditorium

    Emergency Resolution

    In the absence of the Northern Irish Assembly this College demands the immediate intervention of the Permanent Secretary in the Northern Ireland Department of Health to restore pay parity to Northern Irish nurses with nurses in other parts of the UK.

  • Wed 14:30 - 17:00 Main Auditorium

    Annual General Meeting 2018

    At the AGM members will hear about the RCN's activities over the past financial year as well as receive the annual report and financial statements.

  • Sun 18:30 - 20:00 Main Hall
  • Sun 20:00 - 21:00 Main Hall
  • Mon 09:00 - 09:45 5

    Mindfulness of breath

    A Time and Space mindfulness session.

  • Mon 10:00 - 13:00 Main Hall
  • Mon 12:30 - 17:30
  • Mon 13:30 - 14:15 1A, Level 2

    Student Programme: Transition from student to newly qualified nurse

    The newly qualified nurses’ network was launched in December 2018 by Charlotte Hall.

  • Mon 13:45 - 14:45 1C

    Staffing for safe and effective care: the UK campaign

    Our campaign aims to spark a ‘nursing nuclear reaction’. Find out more and get involved.

  • Mon 14:15 - 15:00 5

    Mindfulness of breath and body

    A Time and Space mindfulness session.

  • Mon 15:00 - 15:15 Main Hall
  • Mon 15:00 - 15:45 1A, Level 2

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