Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held in January, March, May, July, August, 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 1979 the topics discussed by Council include:

Preparation and education of nurse teachers


Supplemental charter

Nurses, midwives and health visitors bill

Private health care scheme of RCN members

Five year plan

Primary Care services

Nurse and midwives Whitley Council

Seclusion and restraint: the rights of patients and staff

Private sector health care

Bank loan for headquarters establishment

Affiliation to the TUC


Labour relations

Pay comparability

A counselling service for nurses

Approve the constitutions of the Scottish, Northern Ireland and Welsh boards

Topics discussed 'in camera' (at a closed meeting):

Application for trade union/staff association recognition

Staffing problems including low pay and overworked staff


This record relates to two separate sets of minutes: the original set is signed. This volume is kept in Store B.

The other set is a copy of the original, which has been split into two volumes. These volumes are kept in Store A.

There is an additional folder containing agendas and action sheets for each meeting, which are not included in the bound volumes. This is 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.