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Practice Nurses' Association

Welcome to the RCN Practice Nurses' Association.

If you're not yet a member of the Practice Nurses' Association, what are you waiting for? RCN members can join forums free of charge, and benefits include regular e-newsletters from the forum keeping you up to date on topics such as good practice and forthcoming events. Each forum also has its own area on the RCN's Discussion Zone where you can network with others in your specialty. To join just call RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100 - option 1.

We have put together a graphic view of what practice nurses do - it's a bit of everything - please have a look, download and print, and feel free to distribute to colleagues: The General Practice Nursing Tree (Word 211kb)

Latest News

Big Launch of the Recovery Package

The RCN Practice Nurse association is proud to be a member of the Cancer Nursing Partnership, a unique collaboration representing over 22,000 nurses, currently working  to implement delivery of the Recovery Package, focussing care on the person and not the cancer.

The Recovery Package is a series of key interventions which, when delivered together, can greatly improve outcomes for people living with and beyond cancer. The Recovery Package consist of:
•       an assessment of holistic needs and the development of a care plan to address these issues
•       a treatment summary that explains to the GP and individual what treatment has taken place
•       a cancer care review by the GP within 6 months of diagnosis
•       and a health and wellbeing educational event.

By creating a partnership with the individual, the focus of care remains on supporting self-management after a cancer diagnosis.
The Recovery Package demonstrates best practice for your patients. Please help by supporting its implementation in your place of work. Visit the UKONS website for more information. 

Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare conference
24 September 2014

The PNA is pleased to share information regarding The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare conference, which takes place on 24 September 2014.  The event is aimed at all nurses working in sexual and reproductive health in any setting, service managers and lecture practitioners. The aim of the event is to explore the new training and membership opportunities now open to nurses, which could impact particularly on practice nurses:  For information on this event please access the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare website.

In response to the recent Francis and Care Quality Commission reports and concerns raised by the public, health care professionals and politicians, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT), as part of its Travelling Fellowship scheme, is seeking to support a new category of Fellowships which focus on patient care.

The WCMT plans to award ten Travelling Fellowships each year from 2014 for three years to individuals in the medical, nursing and social professions with projects to improve the way people are treated when in medical and social care across the spectrum of locations. The WCMT is looking for projects that have an emphasis on respect for the dignity of the patient and those which address leadership and team working. A WCMT Travelling Fellowship gives people an opportunity to visit centres of excellence abroad, gain knowledge and return with ideas which could have an impact on improving patient care in the UK.

The Burdett Trust for Nursing is helping the WCMT to co-fund these Fellowships, and the WCMT are working with both FoNS and the RCN to best co-ordinate and disseminate the key findings of these Fellowship projects. Applications for 2014 are now open on our website www.wcmt.org.uk and close at 5pm on 24th September, and please select Medicine - Patient Care on the application form.

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