All change – Chair and newsletter editor, Marvelle Brown, looks to the future

Posted on: 11 Dec 2009

Welcome to this edition of Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant News. Many of you will have heard about the impending changes in the structure of the RCN’s forums, so I thought it would be helpful to bring you up to speed about what that means for our forum.

From 1 October, we will be merging with three other RCN forums – Blood Transfusion, Haemophilia and Intravenous Nursing – after which we will become know as the RCN Haematology and Intravenous Therapy Forum. But you’ll be pleased to know that our current activities will continue, ensuring that haematology nursing issues are supported and developed.

Clearly this merger has a number of effects. Firstly, this will be the last edition of the newsletter. I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of you who have supported the forum with your ideas for articles, attending conferences, the study days we have organised over the years, and for your time and interest in all our activities.

In particular, thank you for putting yourselves forward to be on our review panel to comment on the haematology competency framework. For a number of reasons, this last activity has been rather protracted, but work is still continuing. Those of you who have already expressed an interest will be receiving the draft by December. If others would like to join that review panel, please do get in touch – the more, the better. You can contact me at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Another effect of the merger is a change in the membership of the new forum. Gordon McGhee, a long-standing member of our steering committee, will be stepping down. Gordon has been a fantastic support, both to myself, and the forum as a whole. Nothing is too much for him to do. He is always willing to offer support, encouragement and share his expert advice – plus everything is done with a smile. Both personally and on behalf of the forum, I would like to thank Gordon for all his time and hard work. But Gordon will continue to be a member of the working group for the haematology competences and be involved in other activities, which is great news.

The final note of change is that all forum newsletters in the future will be online. While personally I think this is a loss, it is about rationalising resources and may increase readership.

I hope you enjoy the articles in this edition. As this is my last one as editor, I’d like to say a big thank you for your support and wish you all the best with your professional aspirations for the future.