It’s been announced that the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will be working in partnership with one of Cornwall’s major healthcare charities to promote and support lifelong learning. Both have signed a partnership learning agreement that will see them working together to provide ongoing training and development for RCN members and other staff and volunteers working through Cornwall Hospice Care.

The national agreement which is the second of its kind for the RCN Southwest region, also outlines the crucial role RCN learning representatives play in promoting learning and development. It will support the creation of new learning representative roles at Cornwall Hospice Care with one recruited already and at least four more available.


Pictured above are Lucy Muchina, Regional Director of the RCN in the south west and Chris Starnes, RCN Learning Representative at Cornwall Hospice Care.

RCN National Officer Irene Murray said: “Sometimes it’s been hard for our members in the health and social care sector to take full advantage of the services the RCN offers because we didn’t have enough representatives in place. This agreement gives us the opportunity to really support our members and to make sure we have a strong base of representatives. The RCN has a lot to offer as a professional body and our team will have access to a wealth of resources to help support training and development and this will in turn, have a positive impact on patient and family care.”


Chris Starnes (pictured above) is the RCN Learning Representative at Cornwall Hospice Care; “I’m passionate about learning and already involved in supporting my colleagues with training. This is a great opportunity to build on that and to give better support by incorporating what the RCN has to offer.”

Jo Smith, Education and Training Lead at the Cornish charity, adds; “We’re committed to learning and development in the workplace, so I’m delighted to be working in partnership with the RCN. We’re entering in to this learning agreement with passion and enthusiasm and are looking forward to exploring different ways of supporting people on their learning and development journey. We’re eager to recruit new learning representatives and value the benefits we will glean from the resources now available to us to support best practise.”