Publication code: 004540
Publication date: 13 February 2014
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.
Publication code: 004524
Publication date: 27 January 2014
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).
Publication code: 004 509
Publication date: 17 January 2014
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.
Publication code: 003223
Publication date: 9 January 2014
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.
Publication code: 004479
Publication date: 19 December 2013
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.
Publication code: 004530
Publication date: 4 December 2013
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.
Publication code: 003 209
Publication date: 5 December 2013
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.
Publication code: 004492
Publication date: 15 November 2013
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)
Publication code: 002 474
Publication date: 15 November 2013
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)
Publication code: 003318
Publication date: 15 November 2013
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.
Publication code: 003 227
Publication date: 21 November 2013
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.
Publication code: 004529
Publication date: 14 November 2013
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)
Publication code: 004 531
Publication date: 11 November 2013
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.
Publication code: 004471
Publication date: 23 October 2013
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.
Developing an effective clinical governance framework for children's acute health care settings (PDF 250.3 KB)
Publication code: 004507
Publication date: 22 October 2013
This publication, originally published in 2001, and updated by the RCN Children and Young People’s Professional Issues Forum, is designed as a checklist to be used when considering the implantation of a clinical governance framework within children’s acute health care settings. It highlights the principles for implementation and the issues to consider when developing a framework. The publication is aimed at all clinical professionals and managers with responsibility for acute children’s health care services.
Publication code: 004478
Publication date: 9 October 2013
Trade union facility time is subject to increasing public and political scrutiny. This attention focuses almost entirely on the costs of facility time, without balancing these costs against the many, and often intangible, benefits of trade union recognition. This guidance sets out rebuttals to these challenges and looks at the benefits of union representatives and facilities agreements. It has been designed to provide representatives with the information required to make the case for facilities agreements and time.
Publication code: 004445
Publication date: 7 October 2013
Good mental health is a critical element for everybody in society. The mental health needs of people who also have learning disabilities are especially important. All health and social care professionals have a role in promoting the mental health of people with learning disabilities. The skills, knowledge and experience of learning disability nurses are vital in this area, whether they are providing direct assessment and intervention, or supporting colleagues in general services. This publication provides guidance for nurses and nursing students in mental health services in delivering high-quality health care to people with learning disabilities. It continues the RCN Learning Disability Nursing Forum’s work to ensure that people with learning disabilities have equal access to high-quality health care services. First published in 2007, this third edition serves to support and raise awareness of these issues with a wide spectrum of health care providers and carers.
Publication code: 004448
Publication date: 27 September 2013
This Beyond breaking point 2012 survey of 2,008 RCN members working across the NHS, GP practice, the private sector, voluntary sector, universities and other public bodies examines the factors influencing health, wellbeing and stress, including management and peer support, sickness absence policies, bullying and harassment and occupational health service provision. It also details recommendations for UK governments, health departments, regulators, managers and union representatives to take forward in the promotion of health and wellbeing in the workplace.
Publication code: 004503
Publication date: 24 September 2013
The 2013 Employment 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, and this report forms part of the RCN’s evidence submission to the NHS Pay Review Body.
Publication code: 004505
Publication date: 24 September 2013
This RCN submission accompanies the evidence presented by the Staff Side trade unions and supports the key recommendations made in the report. It also makes some additional recommendations based on the findings from our own research. This year’s RCN submission shows that work intensification and job related stress, made worse by reduced staffing levels are becoming all too common features of the NHS working environment. All of these factors are becoming barriers to the retention of nursing staff