Resources to support RCN members dealing with unsustainable service pressures
The health and care system is under pressure to ensure services are delivered in a safe and timely manner, and the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified existing pressures on staffing and resources in all health and care settings.
However, pressures on health and care services are not limited to COVID-19 or the increased demands caused by winter infections.
This resource is designed to support RCN members both in delivering safe and effective care and with the difficult decisions they make every day. These decisions often relate to the type of care provided, how it is provided and who it is provided to, and can have wider implications on the delivery of health and social care services.
Nursing Workforce Standards
These job evaluation materials and the initial steps you take to analyse your role should apply in all settings, at any employer.
Within the NHS, the formal Job Evaluation Scheme is how your pay is decided.
Without unified terms and conditions in independent health and social care settings the process to evaluate your role may be more complex.
Advice for nursing and patient safety
Articles and publications
- RCN Magazines, Keeping safe under pressure
- RCN Magazines, ‘This isn’t about lack of resilience’
- Nursing Times, COVID-19: Nurse wellbeing study expanded to ‘identify more ways to help’
- 10 Unsustainable Pressures on the Health and Care System in England
- UKCCNA position on critical care nurse staffing during surge
- One Voice - Joint statement on health and care staff wellbeing
- Principles for return to service – staff recovery and patient safety
Nursing mental health and wellbeing
How do I raise concerns?
We have developed template content to send to your employer on the below issues. We know that this can feel quite scary to do, but you can be reassured you are doing the right thing in raising your concerns and the RCN will support you to take things further if needed.
Helpful advice and support from the RCN
We're here for you
If you're an RCN member and need help with any aspect of your employment, you can access advice online or contact us directly. We're here to help - wherever you work.
As an RCN member, you can get free, confidential help and advice on a range of issues that affect you at home and at work.
28 Nov 2023
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