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Caring for children and young people: Guidance for nurses working in the independent sector (PDF 232.3 KB)

Front cover of publication: Caring for children and young people: Guidance for nurses working in the independent sector

Publication code: 004580

Publication date: 16 April 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-44-7

Abstract:

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 ‘any qualified provider’ 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).

The management of waste from health, social and personal care (PDF 1.7 MB)

Front cover of publication: The management of waste from health, social and personal care

Publication code: 004187

Publication date: 16 April 2014

ISBN: 978-1-908782-50-2

Abstract:

The safe management of health care waste is the responsibility of every health care professional. All staff must understand how waste should be classified, segregated and stored prior to collection and treatment or disposal. This is driven by the need to reduce environmental impact and comply with waste regulations and other regulatory standards such as the Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance. This guidance uses practical examples to support health care workers to properly manage the waste produced as part of their role and it recognises the different requirements that arise as a result of the devolved UK health care systems.

Government pay decision for NHS staff in England. Outrageous and unfair. (PDF 184.4 KB)

Front cover of publication: Government pay decision for NHS staff in England. Outrageous and unfair.

Publication code: 004 616

Publication date: 10 April 2014

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The Government's decision on pay for NHS staff in England is outrageous and unfair. This leaflet calls on members to bust the myths surrounding this decision. Help us fight it! www.rcn.org.uk/nhspay.

Safeguarding children and young people-every nurse's responsibility. Guidance for nursing staff. (PDF 287.5 KB)

Front cover of publication: Safeguarding children and young people-every nurse's responsibility. Guidance for nursing staff.

Publication code: 004542

Publication date: 10 April 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-36-2

Abstract:

This updated guidance is aimed at all nurses and highlights the issues that help you to recognise the warning signs of abuse. As a nurse you are well placed to identify children and young people who may be at risk and act to safeguard their welfare. The publication outlines how to identify a vulnerable child, the signs of abuse that nurses should learn to recognise, your role and responsibilities as a nurse who has direct or indirect contact with children and your employer’s responsibilities in this area.

Learning from the past – setting out the future: developing learning disabilities nursing in the United Kingdom (PDF 608.1 KB)

Front cover of publication: Learning from the past – setting out the future: developing learning disabilities nursing in the United Kingdom

Publication code: 003 871

Publication date: 26 January 2011

ISBN: 978-1-906633-63-9

Abstract:

Updated edition 2014. The population of children, adults and older people with learning disabilities is increasing and there is a higher number of people living into adulthood with a range of complex needs. This is resulting in children, young people and adults presenting with patterns of complex learning disabilities unlike those experienced by existing services and healthcare services will experience higher demand from this group in the future. Learning disability nurses play a central role in the lives of people with learning disabilities, from developing and implementing care plans to providing advice, education and support to people throughout their care journey. This publication sets out the key issues and actions required, both now and in the future, to enable learning disability nursing to develop and progress in line with the increased demand on its services. It also details areas of priority for the RCN.

Frontline First: More than just a number. March 2014 special report (PDF 957.9 KB)

Front cover of publication: Frontline First: More than just a number. March 2014 special report

Publication code: 004598

Publication date: 7 March 2014

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The Frontline First campaign has repeatedly raised concerns that nursing workforce cuts, combined with the failure to undertake long-term workforce planning, have left many wards and services dangerously understaffed. Based on freedom of information data obtained from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), this special report, More than just a number, confirms that senior nursing roles have borne the brunt of workforce cuts, leading to a dangerous loss of experience and skills that are essential to ensuring patient safety and driving up care standards.

First steps for your health care support workers (PDF 595.1 KB)

Front cover of publication: First steps for your health care support workers

Publication code: 004540

Publication date: 13 February 2014

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This executive briefing has been produced to inform organisations as to the content and benefits of the RCN online learning resource, First Steps for health care assistants. This year has seen a huge interest in training and education of health care support workers (HCSWs) across the UK, and First Steps is a valuable tool that can help individuals and organisations meet their learning and development needs. It can be used as part of an organisation’s training package.

Guidance for RCN members: Referendum on Scottish independence (PDF 142.8 KB)

Front cover of publication: Guidance for RCN members: Referendum on Scottish independence

Publication code: 004524

Publication date: 27 January 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-00-3

Abstract:

The Scottish National Party (SNP), the incumbent party of Government in Scotland, has declared that it will hold a referendum on Scottish independence on Thursday 18 September 2014. The referendum will resonate across all four countries in the UK and the debate up to (and beyond) the referendum will attract media interest right across the UK and will involve all political parties and much of civic society. . This document is intended to provide you – wherever you live and work – with guidance on engaging with the media. You are strongly advised to familiarise yourself with it before undertaking any media work on issues relating to the referendum on Scottish independence. You will also find a step-by-step guide on holding an independence referendum debate at the end of this guidance (pages 6–7).

Getting it right for young people in your practice (PDF 1.7 MB)

Front cover of publication: Getting it right for young people in your practice

Publication code: 004 509

Publication date: 17 January 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-28-7

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This updated leaflet has been produced in conjunction with the Royal College of General Practitioners and provides guidance on how to make your practice more teenage friendly so as to encourage teenagers to seek advice on sexual health as well as other issues.

An RCN toolkit for school nurses (PDF 463.4 KB)

Front cover of publication: An RCN toolkit for school nurses

Publication code: 003223

Publication date: 9 January 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-22-5

Abstract:

The Department of Health in England has recently published a framework and fact sheets to support the implementation of school nurse services. This updated RCN toolkit for school nurses complements these documents and provides nurses with information for school nurses to support and develop their professional practice. It includes guidance on school health profiling, which is the assessment of a whole school's health with action plans and questionnaires. The title also covers infection control, confidentiality, safeguarding children and risk assessment.

Supporting the delivery of immunisation education (PDF 407.2 KB)

Front cover of publication: Supporting the delivery of immunisation education

Publication code: 004479

Publication date: 19 December 2013

ISBN: 978-1-908782-88-5

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The process for ensuring vaccines reach all those who need them is complex; it requires close liaison between commissioners, health boards and providers, and health protection experts. An effective immunisation service depends on staff being suitably skilled and qualified. This RCN guidance recommends the standardisation of immunisation training so that it can be delivered and commissioned to meet the National Minimum Standards. It should be used in conjunction with these standards and the RCN quality assurance standards which provide a broad framework for quality assurance for education programmes. This guidance sets out different levels of training, which are described as separate units, for commissioners, health boards and managers to consider depending on the service provided.

RCN Employment survey 2013 for Scotland (PDF 2.1 MB)

Front cover of publication: RCN Employment survey 2013 for Scotland

Publication code: 004530

Publication date: 4 December 2013

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This report describes the findings for Scotland for the RCN employment survey 2013. The survey took place in a time of increased uncertainty and pressures on the nursing workforce. The survey report highlights heavy workloads, work pressures and decreasing staff levels, as well as concerns over job security and training and CPD. The survey was administered by Income Data Services, on behalf of the RCN. For the full report, see RCN Employment survey 2013, publication code 004 503.

Benchmarks for children's orthopaedic nursing care. RCN guidance (PDF 438.0 KB)

Front cover of publication: Benchmarks for children's orthopaedic nursing care. RCN guidance

Publication code: 003 209

Publication date: 5 December 2013

ISBN: 978-1-910066-04-01

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This publication offers a portfolio of evidence-based benchmarks which define best practice in key elements of paediatric orthopaedic nursing care. They have been developed by a core team of expert, experienced nurses from the paediatric orthopaedic special interest group to identify the optimal care management for children and young people with an orthopaedic condition.

Creating a safe environment for care (PDF 513.5 KB)

Front cover of publication: Creating a safe environment for care

Publication code: 004492

Publication date: 15 November 2013

ISBN: 978-1-908782-66-3

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This publication, produced jointly with the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP), defines the relationship between nursing staff and cleaning professionals and the effect this relationship has on the patient environment. One of the most longstanding concerns is its potential role in the transmission of infection. The decontamination of patient environments is central to the provision of safe care. Therefore the relationship between nursing and cleaning staff, who work in close association with patient environments is crucial. The focus on efficiency has also caused concern amongst members of the RCN and AHCP and is considered in this publication.

Children and young people with diabetes. RCN guidance for newly-appointed nurse specialists (PDF 195.1 KB)

Front cover of publication: Children and young people with diabetes. RCN guidance for newly-appointed nurse specialists

Publication code: 002 474

Publication date: 15 November 2013

ISBN: 978-1-906633-73-8

Abstract:

Specialist diabetes nurses play a key role in supporting children, young people and their families. Numerous research studies and audits demonstrate the significant impact they can have in achieving good diabetic control and overall management. However, many specialist nurses work in isolation. This guidance sign posts those new to a specialist nurse role to resources and sources of support. It also highlights issues that need to be considered by the individual as well as their employing organisation.

Supporting children and young people with diabetes: guidance for nurses in schools and early years settings (PDF 335.1 KB)

Front cover of publication: Supporting children and young people with diabetes: guidance for nurses in schools and early years settings

Publication code: 003318

Publication date: 15 November 2013

ISBN: 978-1-908782-77-9

Abstract:

The RCN is aware of inequality in the care provision for children and young people with diabetes in schools and early years settings. This document outlines the principles that health care professionals and education staff should apply to ensure the needs of children and young people with diabetes are met. The aim is to ensure that children and young people receive appropriate intensive therapies, without prejudicing their health or education.

Lost in transition. Moving young people between child and adult health services (PDF 196.8 KB)

Front cover of publication: Lost in transition. Moving young people between child and adult health services

Publication code: 003 227

Publication date: 21 November 2013

ISBN: 978-1-904114-90-1

Abstract:

Children and young people experience many significant transition points between health care services, as well as those between schools, university and other educational settings. All these transitional phases can have an impact on adherence to therapeutic regimes and retention by supportive health care services. This publication is aimed at health professionals who work with children and young people and includes information on the principles of good practice in arranging transitions, keyworkers' roles in transition, young people's involvement and processes and protocols. There are also case studies throughout the publication, along with a list of RCN recommendations to make the transition for children and young people to adult services smoother.

Frontline First Running the Red Light - November 2013 update (PDF 1.1 MB)

Front cover of publication: Frontline First Running the Red Light - November 2013 update

Publication code: 004529

Publication date: 14 November 2013

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The RCN has launched a report which reveals there are nearly 20,000 nursing vacancies currently unfilled in England; a ‘hidden workforce crisis’ that could have serious consequences for the NHS.

Tackling FGM in the UK: Intercollegiate recommendations for identifying, recording and reporting (PDF 5.7 MB)

Front cover of publication: Tackling FGM in the UK: Intercollegiate recommendations for identifying, recording and reporting

Publication code: 004 531

Publication date: 11 November 2013

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a violation of a girl’s rights as a child and her entitlement to her bodily integrity.This joint report from the Intercollegiate Group and its partners sets out nine recommendations aimed at health and social care professionals who are key to bringing about the changes needed in the UK to help eradicate FGM.

Breaking bad news: supporting parents when they are told of their child's diagnosis (PDF 273.0 KB)

Front cover of publication: Breaking bad news: supporting parents when they are told of their child's diagnosis

Publication code: 004471

Publication date: 23 October 2013

ISBN: 978-1-908782-60-1

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Nurses are often in the frontline of supporting children and their families following receipt of bad news. This guidance replaces Supporting parents when they are told of their child’s health disorder or disability (1999) and identifies effective strategies to use when communicating with, or supporting parents and carers, receiving bad news. It also signposts practitioners to quality resources that will support them in their practice.

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