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Policy briefings

2008 briefings

Policy and International produce briefings on a wide range of issues which affect nurses and nursing. The briefings listed below are those produced in 2008.

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  • Published: 04 Dec 2008 - PDF File 124.7 KB
    Since the inception of NHS Foundation Trusts (NHSFTs), the RCN has adopted the view that each application for Foundation Trust (FT) status should be considered on its merits. Following up on previous work with members and staff in FTs, the RCN Policy Unit carried out a survey on the progress of NHS Foundation Trusts (NHSFTs) between June and July of 2007. Based upon this evidence the RCN has identified some key trends and issues which we believe should be considered and addressed as part of the future development of these crucial NHS provider organisations. This report on the experiences of RCN activists and staff provides an invaluable insight into the lived experience of working in and with NHSFTs.
  • Published: 23 Dec 2008 - PDF File 67.9 KB
    In April 2009 a new regulator of health and social care began work in England. This briefing provides details on the context for the new Care Quality Commission (CQC), its functions, aims and key staff and ongoing work by the RCN to shape and influence the approach taken by the CQC.
  • Published: 04 Nov 2008 - PDF File 54.6 KB
    The purpose of this briefing is to provide a short introduction to the 'draft guidance on NHS patients who wish to pay for additional private care' that was issued on 4 November and was then the subject of a further consultation. This draft guidance constitutes part of the Government's response to the review and the consultation on this closed on 27 January 2009.
  • Published: 04 Aug 2008 - PDF File 60.1 KB
    The Secretary of State announced to Parliament on 17 June 2008 that he had asked Professor Mike Richards, National Clinical Director for cancer, to review policy relating to patients who choose to pay privately for drugs not funded on the NHS and who, as a result, are required to pay for the NHS care that they would otherwise have received free. This document outlines the RCN's response to this matter.
  • Published: 04 Jun 2008 - PDF File 112.3 KB
    This briefing lays out the background to the development of e-health records and offers guidance for nurses in practice on what implications this has for record keeping and in particular, consent to access, share and create records. This is one of series of products being commissioned by the e-health project board to meet the needs of nurses in practice in respect of e-health.
  • Published: 04 Jul 2008 - PDF File 44.4 KB
    This policy statement reflects our current understanding of the critical factors required for ensuring that nursing content of electronic patient records. It details the six features which the RCN considers to be crucial elements of any electronic records to ensure that they truly reflect the contribution of a key part of the health care workforce - nurses.
  • Published: 04 Aug 2008 - PDF File 389.1 KB
    Health care associated infections (HCAIs) are now one the top five priority issues in the NHS 2007-8 operating framework. However, the supporting evidence base for effective interventions to prevent HCAIs is not clear-cut. The RCN therefore commissioned King's College London to undertake this independent structured review of the literature regarding organisational factors that impact on HCAIs at ward level to bring some clarification to those engaged in tackling the issue.
  • Published: 11 Jun 2008 - PDF File 41.6 KB
    On Tuesday 1 April 2008, the RCN held an engagement event - as part of the Next Stage Review - to discuss four key themes, specifically leadership, quality improvement, primary and community care and workforce. Delegates ranged from ward managers, nurse directors, allied health professionals, nurse academics, nurse consultants and midwives. Within each theme a specific question was considered that we anticipate will progress the debate and make a valuable contribution to the Next Stage Review. Each working group was facilitated and the results fed back to the entire delegate audience. This report sets out the questions for discussion and the key themes that emerged during the course of the roundtable discussions.

Total number: 17

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