Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held every few months, in January, April, May, July and October. An additional special meeting of Council was held in March. Each meeting is split into open and closed sessions (in the following format: open agenda; minutes of previous open meeting; supporting papers for open agenda items; closed agenda, minutes of previous closed meeting; supporting papers for closed agenda items).

Items addressed at every meeting are: the location of the meeting, attendees and apologies, matters arising, administrative matters, staffing matters, committee and national boards' reports and a public affairs briefing.

During 2001 the topics discussed by Council in open sessions include:


Council priorities

Devolution of RCN Governance

Widening the membership

Pay Award and Pay Modernisation

NHS Pay Modernisation Talks

RCN Connect

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Association of Nursing Students (ANS)

Advisory Panels of Fields of Practice

Industrial action at John Radcliffe Hospital Accident and Emergency Department

Council member elections

Review of Governance Committees

RCN Institute Board of Governors

RCN International Affairs

This record relates to two separate sets of minutes: one set covers four bound volumes containing copies of the original papers. These volumes are kept in Store A.

The other set consists of two boxes of original loose papers, including supporting papers. These papers are kept in Store B.

A third set consists of digital minutes and papers.

The physical sets are indexed.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact the RCN Archives in advance of their first visit. Any requests for access will be approved by the Head of Governance, due to the inclusion of sensitive information.

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.