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We work with a wide range of stakeholders, including government and think tanks, on the development and implementation of policy to ensure nursing influence and voice.

We also undertake futures work in relation to the nursing workforce, which includes education, regulation and skill mix. We have established a number of processes that help our members to engage in the process of policy development. This includes surveys, workshops, seminars and briefings (see below).

Much of this work is done by our Policy and International Department, which provides a health policy focus for England and facilitates the co-ordination of health policy across the UK as well as playing a key role in monitoring and informing the RCN about international developments which impact on UK nursing. They also manage the process of allocating all consultation documents received by the RCN to the staff member with the appropriate expertise to lead a response.

Members can share their views on policy in the Discussion Zone or by emailing: policycontacts@rcn.org.uk.

Briefings search

These briefings can be searched using keywords or phrases, or you can browse through them by year from Briefings.

Other departments also develop RCN policy

Please go to the relevant area of the RCN website to access specific policy information relating to the following:

You can also refer to the individual Country pages on the RCN website for their own specific Policy information.