Meetings were held every few months, in January, March, July and October. Each meeting is split into open and closed sessions (in the following format: minutes of open and closed meetings, open agenda; supporting papers for open agenda items; closed agenda, supporting papers for closed agenda items).
Items addressed at every meeting are: the location of the meeting, attendees and apologies, matters arising, General Secretary's report, RCN priorities and objectives, RCN Congress, committee and national boards' reports and policy items.
During 1997 the topics discussed by Council in open sessions include:
Senior nurse redundancies
Envisioning the future
Harassment at work
Health care assistants
RCN complaints process
Steward and safety representative support
RCN Institute academic board
During 1999 the topics discussed by Council in closed sessions include:
Retirement of staff
Staff grading and pay
UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (UKCC) elections
Recruiting and retaining members
RCN diplomas and certificates
NHS 50th anniversary celebrations
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 original loose papers, including supporting papers. These papers are kept in Store B.