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Infection prevention and control within health and social care (PDF 290.1 KB)

Front cover of publication: Infection prevention and control within health and social care

Publication code: 004741

Publication date: 20 February 2015

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The earlier briefing highlighted inconsistencies towards ongoing reductions in health care associated infections (HCAIs) by different regulators and risks associated with the continuing complex commissioning and assurance landscape. Since first publishing the paper, we are pleased to see the removal of MRSA and Clostridium difficile from the quality premium of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), and removal of MRSA from Monitorís Risk assessment framework (RAF). These changes have resulted in greater clarity and expectations for all organisations regarding MRSA. This document is an update of 004500 (October 2013).

Assessing, managing and monitoring biologic therapies for inflammatory arthritis (PDF 898.1 KB)

Front cover of publication: Assessing, managing and monitoring biologic therapies for inflammatory arthritis

Publication code: 004744

Publication date: 25 February 2015

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The third edition of the RCNís guidance on assessing, managing and monitoring biologic therapies for inflammatory arthritis which provides a best practice framework for rheumatology specialist practitioners and the wider health care team involved in supporting the administration, monitoring and delivery of care to patients in a variety of settings.

Continuing learning and development for RCN representatives in England (PDF 2.0 MB)

Front cover of publication: Continuing learning and development for RCN representatives in England

Publication code: 004 697

Publication date: 11 February 2015

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The RCNís continuing learning and development opportunities provide representatives with support in practice in order to build on their knowledge, skills and understanding through regional events and advanced skills workshops. This 2015 prospectus details the opportunities available, how to apply for places on events and workshops, and provides signposts to sources of further information available on the RCN website.

A guide to the learning and development pathway for RCN representatives (PDF 2.0 MB)

Front cover of publication: A guide to the learning and development pathway for RCN representatives

Publication code: 004 698

Publication date: 11 February 2015

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The RCNís learning and development pathway for representatives has been designed to prepare representatives to meet the practice standards for their role. The pathway combines facilitated learning with structured supported learning, enabling individuals to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be an effective RCN representative. This 2015 prospectus details the stages of the pathway, provides details of each of the modules, as well as information on support and mentorship.

Traction:principles and application (PDF 1.5 MB)

Front cover of publication: Traction:principles and application

Publication code: 004721

Publication date: 6 February 2015

ISBN: 978-1-910066-98-0

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This new edition provides information on applying traction and caring for the patientsí safety whilst traction remains in place. The advent of improved technology has meant that more fractures are now treated operatively but traction can still be used as a temporary measure to provide pain relief, reduce blood loss and shock while definitive treatment is planned.

RCN survey of nurses working with looked after children (PDF 568.3 KB)

Front cover of publication: RCN survey of nurses working with looked after children

Publication code: 004735

Publication date: 6 February 2015

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This publication follows on from an RCN led networking event in 2013 for nurses working with looked after children, where numerous issues and concerns were raised relating to changes in NHS structures, commissioning of services, workload and capacity, roles and responsibilities, as well as the potential perverse impact of the introduction of a Payment by Results tariff and unsafe working practices. A survey of RCN members working with looked after children was then undertaken during December 2013 and January 2014 which explored caseloads, ways of working and information about designated and named nursesŅ roles and responsibilities. It is important to ensure excellent health services are provided towards all looked after children no matter where they come into care or where they are placed, and addressing the findings highlighted in this report will help to move services forward for looked after children and give clearer definition to professional roles and service design.

Female genital mutilation (PDF 3.2 MB)

Front cover of publication: Female genital mutilation

Publication code: 004 773

Publication date: 6 February 2015

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Female genital mutilation (FGM), sometimes referred to as female circumcision, is a challenging subject to understand and manage. FGM affects the lives and health of an estimated 125 million girls and women living in countries where the practice is prevalent. FGM is child abuse and the practice is illegal in the UK. The hidden nature of the crime raises serious issues and concerns in relation to the safeguarding of girls and young women. It is vital that practitioners who come into contact with women, children and families from communities that practise FGM have an adequate knowledge and understanding of the issues in order to respond appropriately and act within contemporary legal frameworks. This publication aims to raise awareness among nurses, midwives and related health care personnel about FGM, and to provide insight and understanding of the socio-cultural, legal and health issues surrounding the practice.

Frontline First. Runaway agency spending (PDF 1.2 MB)

Front cover of publication: Frontline First. Runaway agency spending

Publication code: 004823

Publication date: 4 February 2015

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The RCN is producing this Frontline First report at a time of financial crisis for the NHS. The service is expected to cope with increasing demand and pressures across the system, and deal with an ongoing winter crisis in A&E departments, while at the same time making huge efficiency savings.

Career, education and competence framework for neonatal nursing in the UK (PDF 811.7 KB)

Front cover of publication: Career, education and competence framework for neonatal nursing in the UK

Publication code: 004641

Publication date: 23 January 2015

ISBN: 978-1-910672-10-5

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Neonatal care has come a long way in a short time. Outcomes that could only have been dreamed of 10 to 15 years ago are, in many cases, now possible for infants of extremely low birth weight. The ethos of neonatal care emphasises close collaboration with families in all neonatal health care settings. This publication has been informed by numerous influential drivers, from a variety of sources, and will be updated regularly.

Frontline First: Turning back the clock? RCN report on mental health services in the UK (PDF 1.1 MB)

Front cover of publication: Frontline First: Turning back the clock? RCN report on mental health services in the UK

Publication code: 004 772

Publication date: 21 November 2014

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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.

Good practice for handling feedback (PDF 513.4 KB)

Front cover of publication: Good practice for handling feedback

Publication code: 004 725

Publication date: 12 November 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-90-4

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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.

Gynaecological cancer: guidance for nursing staff (PDF 389.8 KB)

Front cover of publication: Gynaecological cancer: guidance for nursing staff

Publication code: 004 538

Publication date: 21 October 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-15-7

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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)

Front cover of publication: Mental health in children and young people. An RCN toolkit for nurses who are not mental health specialists

Publication code: 003311

Publication date: 20 October 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-30-0

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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.

Decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (PDF 702.3 KB)

Front cover of publication: Decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Publication code: 004 584

Publication date: 7 October 2014

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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.

Peripheral neurovascular observations for acute limb compartment syndrome (PDF 718.4 KB)

Front cover of publication: Peripheral neurovascular observations for acute limb compartment syndrome

Publication code: 004 685

Publication date: 10 September 2014

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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.

Employing nurses in local authorities (PDF 253.1 KB)

Front cover of publication: Employing nurses in local authorities

Publication code: 004680

Publication date: 3 September 2014

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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.

Antimicrobial resistance (PDF 460.4 KB)

Front cover of publication: Antimicrobial resistance

Publication code: 004 681

Publication date: 28 August 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-81-2

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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.

Defend fair pay. What if you want to fight? (PDF 178.1 KB)

Front cover of publication: Defend fair pay. What if you want to fight?

Publication code: 004 657

Publication date: 30 July 2014

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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

Infection prevention and control commissioning toolkit (PDF 1.4 MB)

Front cover of publication: Infection prevention and control commissioning toolkit

Publication code: 004270

Publication date: 17 October 2012

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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.

Nurses employed by GPs. RCN guidance on good employment practice (PDF 443.5 KB)

Front cover of publication: Nurses employed by GPs. RCN guidance on good employment practice

Publication code: 004853

Publication date: 11 July 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-33-1

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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.

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