Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held in January, March, April (emergency), May, June (emergency), July, September and November. They are arranged in the following order: minutes of the previous meeting, minutes of current meeting, agenda of current meeting, papers of current meeting.

Items addressed at every meeting are: the location of the meeting, attendees and apologies, matters arising, correspondence, Congress, membership matters, reports from committees, reports from national boards, use of the seal, membership numbers.

During 1980 the topics discussed by Council include:

The use of Council members' home telephone numbers

RCN conference on institutions

Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act

Health Services Bill

Employment Bill

Lady Brabourne Memorial Appeal

Personal advisory service for nurses

Crisis in community care

Position of RCN members who are also RCN employees

Sale of RCN treasures

Council members and communication with the media

Pay negotiations

Extraordinary general meetings

Standing Commission on pay and comparibility report no 3

Lampada Housing Association

Seminar of Fellows of the RCN

Winifred Raphael Memorial lecture

Industrial action

Meeting with the minister of health

Nurses and midwives Whitley Council


Federated pension scheme

President's visit to Scotland and Wales

Retirement of the president, Eirlys Rees

Administration of prostaglandin by nurses (in abortions)


This record relates to two separate sets of minutes: the original set is signed and covers two volumes. These volumes are kept in Store B.

The other set is a copy of the original, and also covers two volumes. These volumes are kept in Store A.

Access Information

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact the RCN Archives in advance of their first visit.

Other Finding Aids

Most recent online Royal College of Nursing Archives Catalogue is available at http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services.

Conditions Governing Use

Royal College of Nursing

Custodial History

The main bulk of volumes came from London library historical collection to Edinburgh with the Archives' collections in 1992. Library maintained a copy set. From 1992 up until 2009 the papers were transferred directly by Council and Committee Admin (previously 'General Secretariat', or 'General Secretary's Office') One copy went to RCN Library for binding and the original to Archives, unbound. In January 2017 the two sets were brought together to create one full run of papers and an additional run, with copies of most years. The more complete set is held in Store A and the less complete set in Store B.