Campaigning during COVID-19

Our work to influence and lobby on behalf of our members during COVID-19

Since 23 March

Keeping members informed - we’ve sent over 11.5 million member emails.

Since 23 March

Keeping nursing in the news - we’ve been included in over 31,075 pieces of media coverage.

May 2020

Government scraps NHS immigration charges for nursing staff following RCN campaign.

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May 2020

RCN introduces skin health resources to support members.

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June 2020

BAME nursing staff offered greater protection after RCN demands action.

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June 2020

100 days since the pandemic: what we want for nursing now.

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June 2020

Nursing students who joined the workforce sooner than planned to support the profession on extended placements had their contracts honoured following pressure from the RCN Student Committee.

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July 2020

Online book of remembrance launched to gather messages in memory of the nursing professionals who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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July 2020

Nursing staff working at Four Seasons Health Care will receive full pay for any COVID-19-related absence, following a joint union campaign.

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July 2020

First RCN report launched based on survey of members on nursing during COVID-19.

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July 2020

RCN demands action on nursing pay as government announces other public sector pay deals.

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August 2020

Second RCN report launched based on survey of members on nursing during COVID-19.

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December 2020

The biggest vaccine campaign in NHS history kicked off with nurse May Parsons the first to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the UK following its clinical approval.

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December 2020

The RCN welcomed the approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a time when nursing staff are working under intense pressure due to the ongoing pandemic. 

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Jan 2021

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) invite two new groups of overseas-trained nurses to support the UK’s response to the pandemic.

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Jan 2021

The RCN calls for more detailed information on how COVID-19 is impacting health and care workers to be recorded so this can be analysed to make more effective policies.

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Feb 2021

Introduction of new vaccine book system allows frontline health and social care workers in England to self-refer for COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

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Feb 2021

Prince of Wales praises nursing staff and expresses thanks for members’ continued commitment to delivering care in exclusive video message. 

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Feb 2021

RCN leads coalition of health experts to demand Prime Minister urgently tackles ‘inadequate’ protection of nursing staff from COVID-19. 

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Feb 2021

We’ve published eight staff recovery and patient safety principles which must guide health care employers in planning the return to ‘normal’ service delivery.

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March 2021

All frontline health and social care workers in England can now self-refer for COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

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March 2021

Health Education England updates guidance to clarify nursing students on placement are covered, following calls from members for clearer information.

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March 2021

New research strengthens calls for official review of the government’s COVID-19 infection control guidance.

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March 2021

Members pause to remember colleagues one year on from declaration of pandemic. 

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March 2021

Nursing staff join the public to reflect on lives lost during the pandemic.

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March 2021

RCN pledges support for vaccine equity declaration.

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April 2021

RCN survey shows vaccination programme success.

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April 2021

RCN reiterates stance on mandatory immunisation.

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April 2021

National infection control guidance must be changed to better protect staff, says RCN.

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April 2021

RCN remembers health and care workers on International Workers’ Memorial Day.

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May 2021

RCN marks Nurses' Day 2021.

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May 2021

COVID-19 vaccine refusal: study shows pressure from employers has adverse effect.

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May 2021

Improved PPE for nursing staff needed as Indian variant spreads.

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May 2021

Pressures of pandemic and lack of training see 50% rise in sharps injuries.

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May 2021

Government drops plan to ban staff moving between care homes following pressure from RCN.

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June 2021

RCN calls for caution as restrictions are set to ease.

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June 2021

Report by MPs finds staff shortages responsible for nurse burnout.

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June 2021

RCN responds to reports that COVID-19 vaccines will become compulsory for care home staff in England.

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June 2021

Research adds weight to RCN calls for increased levels of protection for health care workers.

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July 2021

‘This disease does not disappear on 19 July’. RCN warns that public and frontline workers still need to be protected from the virus.

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July 2021

RCN responds to proposed health service reforms in England, pledging to fight for legislative changes to ensure there are enough nursing staff to deliver safe and effective care.

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July 2021

Government must protect health staff and vulnerable patients as COVID-19 rules loosen, says the RCN, BMA and others in a joint letter to the Prime Minister.

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July 2021

RCN demands health secretary is made legally accountable for having enough health care staff as new report shows UK government ignored catalogue of warnings about nursing workforce crisis.

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September 2021

RCN responds to launch of government consultation on making COVID-19 and flu vaccination a condition of deployment for frontline health and care workers in England.

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We continue to lobby and influence on behalf of our members as COVID-19 develops. 

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We are determined to build a better future for the nursing profession after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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