Janet Davies


Janet Davies FRCN

Chief Executive and General Secretary

Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom

Janet Davies is the Chief Executive and General Secretary for the Royal College of Nursing. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. The RCN promotes patient and nursing interests on a wide range of issues by working closely with the Government, the UK parliaments and other national and European political institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.

Janet along with RCN Council and the RCN President are collectively responsible for the delivery of the RCN’s strategic and operational plans. The RCN assists and supports the membership to be the voice of Nursing in an ever-changing health climate and help shape the future of Healthcare.

The key priorities for the Royal College of Nursing are to represent nurses and nursing, promoting excellence in professional and Trade Union practices and helping to shape health and social care policies. This also includes representing members in high degree of challenging situations and providing a high degree of support as required.

Prior to this appointment, Janet was one of the Executive Director’s at the Royal College of Nursing (joining in September 2005) and had the strategic lead for nursing and service delivery to its members. The team comprised
Nursing (which included a team of Learning & Development professionals), Employment Relations, Policy & International, Member Support Services and RCN Direct departments.

Previous to joining the RCN, she had a long career as a Nurse within the NHS. She was Director of Nursing in West Lancashire and Liverpool and Chief Executive of Mersey Regional Ambulance Service.

Janet holds a BSc (Hons) Degree and MBA. She is a qualified RGN & RMN and a Fellow of the RCN.


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