The RCN Council will step down following a vote of no confidence at an extraordinary general meeting in Birmingham last week.
In a statement released by the Council following the vote, they said: ‘Whilst the EGM vote of no confidence was advisory, the Council recognises the moral weight of the vote, and has acted accordingly.
The current Council will remain in position until 31 December 2018 and election processes will begin next week, with elections taking place as soon as possible, and a new Council taking up office on 1 January 2019.
‘The last two months have been some of the most challenging in the organisation’s history,’ said Dame Donna Kinnair, Acting RCN Chief Executive. ‘Our elected Council members have taken a difficult decision and have shown great personal integrity. I wish to thank Maria Trewern, Chair of RCN Council, for her leadership and all Council members who gave loyal service.’
The EGM was called following a petition by some of its members to discuss the RCN’s communication process around the NHS 2018 Pay Deal, and to discuss the members confidence in that process. The miscommunication surrounding the pay deal also led to the resignation of Janet Davies, the former general secretary, in August.
‘The College is already changing to ensure it engages the full breadth of its membership,’ added Dame Donna. ‘A new elected Council and a permanent Chief Executive & General Secretary will bring that fresh perspective and energy.’