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Latest RCN publications
Frontline First: Turning back the clock? RCN report on mental health services in the UK (PDF 1.1 MB)
Publication code: 004 772
Publication date: 21 November 2014
Since July 2010, the RCNís Frontline First campaign has monitored the impact of efficiency savings on frontline services, repeatedly raising concerns that cuts to services, cuts to the nursing workforce and a failure to plan for the future, have left the NHS understaffed and patient care compromised. This special report shows that mental health services are now under unprecedented strain, experiencing a steep fall in nurse numbers and available beds despite rising demand.
Publication code: 004 725
Publication date: 12 November 2014
This guide has been prepared by the RCN to help frontline nurses and health care support workers understand how to deal with feedback, both good and bad, as well as concerns, complaints and compliments.
Publication code: 004 538
Publication date: 21 October 2014
There has been a sharp increase in the number of specialist nurses and nurse practitioners in the field of gynaecological cancer, with many nurses taking on extended roles. Also, the management of women with gynaecological cancer has been improved with multidisciplinary team working and specialist referral. This updated publication provides information on various types of gynaecological cancer, including signs and symptoms and the treatments that are available, and aims to assist nurses working in this specialist field to improve and standardise patient care.
Mental health in children and young people. An RCN toolkit for nurses who are not mental health specialists (PDF 381.2 KB)
Publication code: 003311
Publication date: 20 October 2014
This toolkit provides an outline of the common mental health problems that practitioners may identify in various settings, along with basic information on the knowledge and skills nurses need in order to recognise and care for children and young people who present with possible mental health problems. It also contains references, useful organisations and website information that will help develop knowledge further.
Publication code: 004 584
Publication date: 7 October 2014
This updated guidance is published jointly by the British Medical Association, the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Royal College of Nursing. The new edition places even greater emphasis on ensuring high quality communication and recording of CPR decisions. It will help support all health care professionals in their day-to-day consideration of decisions about CPR.
Publication code: 004 685
Publication date: 10 September 2014
A new RCN publication that provides guidance for the early detection of acute limb compartment syndrome (ALCS). With close involvement with the British Orthopaedic Association, these guidelines cover the care of adults, children and young people with potential ALCS due to injury or treatment for limb conditions. The publication will help nursing staff to identify ALCS, reduce risk and the role of clinical observation, plus compartment pressure measurement in early detection of the condition. This publication is supported by The Princess Grace Hospital.
Publication code: 004680
Publication date: 3 September 2014
This new guidance has been developed by the RCN in collaboration with colleagues from the Local Government Association (LGA) in order to support nurses employed in local authorities and those employing them. It outlines the key principles for consideration for nurses working within local authority teams and for those employing them and providing line management, clinical support and supervision. It is specifically relevant where a local authority is seeking to recruit a person with a current and active nursing registration that is identified as being an essential or desirable part of the person specification for the post.
Publication code: 004 681
Publication date: 28 August 2014
This Royal College of Nursing (RCN) publication describes the contribution that nurses and nursing can make at an international, national and local level to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). To achieve successful reductions in antimicrobial resistance all disciplines within the health, social care and public health workforce must be engaged and contributing to the delivery of local and national programmes aimed at reducing AMR and improving population health. The document has been developed to stimulate discussion and ensure nurses are fully involved and engaged with initiatives and actions that impact on AMR. As nurses are a large part of the health care workforce, the benefits they bring should be clearly identified and articulated at all levels so that their full contribution can be recognised, encouraged and facilitated.
Publication code: 004 657
Publication date: 30 July 2014
The Government in Westminster has decided NHS staff in England donít deserve a proper pay rise. Thatís outrageous and unfair. This RCN leaflet outlines how you can join the fight for fair pay in England. Find out more at www.rcn.org.uk/whatif
Publication code: 004270
Publication date: 17 October 2012
Revised 2014 edition of a joint publication with the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) Reducing health care associated infections (HCAIs) remains high on the Government's safety and quality agenda and in the general public's expectations of quality of care. Since 2008, there has been a legal requirement on all NHS organisations to implement the Health and Social Care Act (2008) and the Code of Practice for the NHS on the prevention and control of HCAIs. This toolkit, updated in 2014, developed collaboratively with the IPS, provides information for professionals in England involved in the commissioning of infection prevention and control services and forms the basis of an HCAI reduction plan for emerging commissioning organisations. It also suggests indicators to support performance management and assurance against provider contracts.
Publication code: 004853
Publication date: 11 July 2014
This guidance has been developed to provide all nursing staff, practice managers, GPs and other stakeholders with a framework to support nurses employed in general practice. It includes information and links to the essential elements of good employment practice.
Publication code: 004 674
Publication date: 13 June 2014
This new publication reveals findings into an RCN investigation into the extent to which NHS executive team costs are accelerating ahead of staff salaries. Using data secured under the Freedom of Information Act, the report shows that over the last two years, executive team costs have been rising significantly faster than the salaries of nursing staff. The report contains a detailed analysis of reward levels for NHS executive directors and looks at pay levels for NHS senior managers. Finally, it offers five recommendations, with the RCN urging all employers to lead by example and ensure that the rewards for their executive teams mirror those given to the rest of their workforce.
Specialist and advanced childrenís and young peopleís nursing practice in contemporary health care: guidance for nurses and commissioners (PDF 1.4 MB)
Publication code: 004 579
Publication date: 13 June 2014
This publication looks at childrenís nursesí roles and their practice. It takes into account a changing child health service, where interdisciplinary collaboration and new ways of working are essential when providing services that improve health outcomes. It is aimed at those developing services for children and young people (CYP), for both commissioners and service providers, and for those who commission and provide post registration education for childrenís nurses.
Publication code: 004 596
Publication date: 16 June 2014
Childrenís nurses play a pivotal role in an individualís transition from childrenís services to adult services. Many young people are mow living into early adulthood with complex disability and long-term conditions. This publication sets out the RCN perspective of contemporary childrenís and young peopleís nursing services in primary and community settings and the crucial role community childrenís nursing (CCN) performs as the bedrock of integrated care closer to home.
Publication code: 004658
Publication date: 12 June 2014
This publication has been written to inform RCN members of the RCNís work on seven day care. It looks at the provision of seven day care and what this means for the nursing profession. It is also part of a wider project and we would like members to contribute their views and ideas.
Publication code: 004615
Publication date: 5 June 2014
This booklet outlines how to put yourself forward for an RCN role. Being involved in the RCN will not only benefit you and members, but it will also enhance your skills and expertise. You will find information that signposts you to where to find out more, what roles are available and the importance of voting.
Publication code: 004665
Publication date: 13 June 2014
This briefing paper is part of a series of RCN documents examining the policies and practical arrangements surrounding the integration of health and social care. The paper offers an overview of the current call for integrated health and social care services in England, the rationale behind the push for integration, the facilitators and barriers to this way of working, and the related workforce and funding issues. The paper highlights some of the major issues the RCN sees as imperative for future discussions.
The nursing role in integrated care models: Reflecting on the United State's experience (PDF 570.7 KB)
Publication code: 004601
Publication date: 13 June 2014
There is growing recognition that integrated care can improve the quality of care that individuals receive and make the best and most efficient use of limited resources.This briefing informs ongoing policy debate, facilitates international learning, and highlights the nursing contribution Ė a distinction less commonly made.
Publication code: 004622
Publication date: 9 May 2014
This annual report highlights key areas and achievements in the RCNís work during the nine months to 31 December 2013. It details some of the innovative work members and staff have been engaged with and includes the Report of Council and the full financial accounts for the review period.
Caring for children and young people: Guidance for nurses working in the independent sector (PDF 232.3 KB)
Publication code: 004580
Publication date: 16 April 2014
In England, the Health and Social Care Act 2012 enabled commissioners to increase the range of providers they could offer patients in relation to some services. The NHS Commissioning Board has produced guidance for clinical commissioning groups (CCG) on the provision of services through tendering and Ďany qualified providerí processes which enables commissioners to purchase some services from the NHS, independent sector and voluntary organisations. This may increase the number of children using independent sector health care. This updated publication sets out key points for organising children's service provision in independent sector hospitals/clinics. The various topics covered include: organising services (for example, the environment, facilities and equipment, and outpatient care), pain management, consent and nurse and medical staffing (for example, staff training and education).