Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held in January, February, March, June, July, September and November.

Items addressed at every meeting are: minutes of the meeting, agenda, the location of the meeting, attendees and apologies, matters arising, correspondence, Congress, membership matters, education, employment policy, health and social policy, international, nursing policy, research and development, reports from national boards.

During 1988 the topics discussed by Council in open sessions include:

Recent developments in the NHS


Daphne Heald Research Unit scientific advisory group

Criteria for creating sub-branches

RCN publications

A nursing fund

Initiatives related to smoking prevention

'Safer in Our Hands' campaign

Industrial action

Project 2000

RCN commission on the NHS

Youth training scheme

The support worker

The topics discussed by Council in confidential sessions include:

RCN membership services

GMB/APEX amalgamation

Appointment of the General Secretary-Designate

Standards of Care project

National nurses' fund


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

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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.