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Support for you

As a membership organisation, we recognise the importance of supporting you. This section covers advice and information on all of the things that matter to you.

Along with the latest news on pay and conditions, law and employment and retirement issues, you'll find details on our career and counselling services and what we are doing to ensure that the RCN is promoting and supporting diversity.


Want to know the RCN stance on topical policy issues that impact on nurses and nursing?

Visit the policy section to read briefings and statements including, for example:

  • NHS reforms 
  • professional regulation
  • health and social care policy 


Want to input into RCN consultation responses or see our previous submissions? Get involved by visiting our consultation web pages.

Pay and conditions

Here you'll find the latest news and developments on Agenda for Change, including current pay scales and current consultations.

The working environment

This section provides information and guidance about issues affecting members in their working environment on health and safety, lone worker guidance, equality and diversity, sustainability and greening the workplace and working hours. It also has a section for members working outside of the NHS and a list of RCN employment relations publications.


Whatever your job, and wherever you work, valuing diversity is a crucial part of workforce developments. Our diversity section supports our members at work. We offer up-to-date events and news on diversity and equality issues.

RCN activists

Do you want to get more involved in your organisation? Find out about the various activist roles that are available within the RCN, including learning representatives, steward and safety representatives.

Legal help

This section is delivered by the RCN's legal team. Here you can find out about the legal services that we offer.

Member Support Services

We recognise that people often need support for a range of issues at various times in their life, so we offer careers and welfare advice, a dedicated counselling service and a group dedicated to looking after those who have been injured at work.

RCND online advice

The online advice service from RCN Direct provides you with comprehensive information and advice on a whole range of issues, including legal, employment relations and nursing practice. It is also a portal to the guidance on careers and welfare and specialist best practice advice.

You can access advice on a whole range of employment, legal and professional issues. RCN Direct online advice also has a range of self-help fact sheets including statement writing techniques and tips for coping with stress.

Raising concerns

Safe, compassionate care is everyone's business. If you have concerns over clinical and staff safety in the workplace, the RCN has advice to help nursing professionals working both in the NHS and independent sector. We also have a whistleblowing hotline for members who have urgent concerns.