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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 don’t deserve a proper pay rise. That’s 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.

All in it together? The executive pay bill in England’s NHS (PDF 1017.5 KB)

Front cover of publication: All in it together? The executive pay bill in England’s NHS

Publication code: 004 674

Publication date: 13 June 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-74-4

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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 children’s and young people’s nursing practice in contemporary health care: guidance for nurses and commissioners (PDF 1.4 MB)

Front cover of publication: Specialist and advanced children’s and young people’s nursing practice in contemporary health care: guidance for nurses and commissioners

Publication code: 004 579

Publication date: 13 June 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-23-2

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This publication looks at children’s nurses’ 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 children’s nurses.

Defence nursing (PDF 268.1 KB)

Front cover of publication: Defence nursing

Publication code: 004 595

Publication date: 17 June 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-66-9

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Designed to be used by nurses, HCAs, and employers, this guidance has been developed to provide an understanding of military nursing and to help develop individual roles, new or existing services, and identify developments in this specialty.

The future for community children's nursing (PDF 209.6 KB)

Front cover of publication: The future for community children's nursing

Publication code: 004 596

Publication date: 16 June 2014

ISBN: 978-1-910066-56-0

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Children’s nurses play a pivotal role in an individual’s transition from children’s 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 children’s and young people’s nursing services in primary and community settings and the crucial role community children’s nursing (CCN) performs as the bedrock of integrated care closer to home.

Seven day care (PDF 164.8 KB)

Front cover of publication: Seven day care

Publication code: 004658

Publication date: 12 June 2014

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This publication has been written to inform RCN members of the RCN’s 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.

Could you be...? RCN elections and appointments (PDF 745.5 KB)

Front cover of publication: Could you be...? RCN elections and appointments

Publication code: 004615

Publication date: 5 June 2014

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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.

Integrated health and social care in England: the story so far (PDF 336.8 KB)

Front cover of publication: Integrated health and social care in England: the story so far

Publication code: 004665

Publication date: 13 June 2014

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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)

Front cover of publication: The nursing role in integrated care models: Reflecting on the United State's experience

Publication code: 004601

Publication date: 13 June 2014

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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 – a distinction less commonly made.

Annual report to Dec 2013 (PDF 811.7 KB)

Front cover of publication: Annual report to Dec 2013

Publication code: 004622

Publication date: 9 May 2014

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This annual report highlights key areas and achievements in the RCN’s 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)

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

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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

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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. This publication is supported by Stryker.

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

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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

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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

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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.