Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

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

Labour relations

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

Industrial action

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.

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.