Royal College of Nursing

Posted on 22/05/2020 by Kate Grigg.

Independent Governance Review for the Royal College of Nursing

The client and background 

In response to a motion at the RCN Congress in 2019, CfPS was commissioned to undertake an independent governance review. The RCN is the world’s largest nursing membership body, it plays a dual role as a trade union representing its members and as a professional body, carrying out work on nursing standards, education and practice.

What we did and the impact 

Reflecting the scope and breadth of the RCN in terms of responsibilities, representation and geography, we created a bespoke review team made up of senior CfPS team members and associates with a range of experience covering health and care, participation and governance.

The CfPS review involved conversations with a wide range of members, staff, external advisers and evidence gathering through member and staff surveys, desktop research and meeting observations. We also identified relevant, comparable examples of member engagement and involvement.

A comprehensive report was considered by the RCN Council in April 2020, including a series of findings and recommendations that we believe will help the RCN to continue to further improve and develop its governance. The report received a positive initial response and the Council is now considering its next steps in terms of wider member communication and implementation.


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About the Author: Kate Grigg

Kate works across the CfPS research programme supporting projects in local government and the corporate sector, and facilitating the combined authorities goverance network.