RCN Officer - RCN01730

Trade Union | RCN Exeter Office | £43,263

Contract type: Permanent

RCN Officer
RCN Exeter Officer, 35 hours per week, Permanent

At the Royal College of Nursing we’re an optimistic organisation. And we’ve got good reason to be. We all share the same voice when it comes to changing the shape of the health policies of the future. And as the largest trade union of nursing staff and students in the UK – with over 465,000 members – all we can see are the infinite possibilities for a brighter future. Join us and you will too.

We're accredited with Investors in People Gold Standard. Our people are our greatest asset, and we want people who can contribute to our purpose in line with our values.

As an RCN officer you’ll use your positive attitude and your knowledge of health, nursing and social care issues to deliver best practice in relation to employment practices, advocating, influencing and negotiating on behalf of our members.

You will manage your own portfolio of casework, which will include assisting and representing members with disciplinary and grievance procedures. Taking care of our members will be your primary role, but you’ll also be required to actively take part in recruiting new members, promoting RCN campaigns and supporting accredited representatives. You will be encouraged to suggest innovative approaches to support and grow our membership and accredited representatives.

To join us you’ll need to be able to advise and represent our members on matters relating to employment, education and professional practice. Ideally, you will hold an NMC registration, have experience in supporting individuals or groups with work related issues; a background in a relevant area involving health and social care is essential.

You will need to have good communication skills, be able to challenge and negotiate skilfully and have the ability to work with a range of stakeholders across a variety of health and care settings.

You will be required to cover one specific patch within the South West Region, which may change over time. However you may be asked to support members across any part of the region as required to help out and cover for colleagues.

Whatever your background, you'll be efficient, accurate and show a real customer focus in all you do.

To succeed at the Royal College of Nursing all you need to do is think bigger, better and brighter. And with an attitude like that, anything’s possible.

What we offer you

We expect you to look after our members. And we expect you to be rewarded for it. Our pay is highly competitive with annual leave up to 32 days plus bank holidays. We offer an impressive range of benefits, a broad range of learning development opportunities and an award-winning health and wellbeing programme.

Balancing work and life commitments is important to us as an organisation. We are a diverse organisation and understand everyone has different needs. Many of our employees enjoy flexible working enabling them to deliver results whilst having a good work life balance. We offer generous maternity, adoption, paternity, and shared parental leave packages.

As a result of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic most of our staff are currently working from home. When this ends, we’ll start trialling blended office and home working to empower our people to do their best work recognising that, to give our best, we must be able to balance the demands of work and home.

Our selection process

Please submit a supporting statement demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this role. You may not be shortlisted if you don’t.

We want your experience applying for a job with us to be the best it can be. We’re having to be more flexible about how we hold interviews and assessments, most of which are held by video call. If you foresee any problems with accessing a computer, webcam, or internet connection for this, please do let us know in your supporting statement.

Contact details

For more information or for an informal discussion about the role please contact Julie Connolly, Senior RCN Officer on 01392357034.

For more information on the Recruitment & Selection process, please contact

Opening date: 14 January 2022

Closing date: 30 January 2022
If we receive many applications after a week of advertising, this vacancy may close earlier.

Assessment & interview date: 9 February 2022

Interview date: 09/02/2022

Contracted hours: 35

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