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Quality and Safety Bulletin

All the latest in quality and safety with the RCN's Quality and Safety Bulletin. 

If you'd like to keep up to date with all the latest in quality and safety, you can subscribe to the Quality and Safety Bulletin. The Bulletin highlights the professional work of the RCN and features all the latest news on the following: quality improvement, patient safety, evidence-based practice, patient and staff-focused care and eHealth.

Violence and aggression in the NHS

Violence and aggression in the NHS: Estimating the size and the impact of the problem – an interim report

This interim report pulls together various data sources on physical and verbal abuse against NHS Staff.

It identifies the main themes and patterns emerging from feedback from RCN members who describe their experiences of work related violence.

See: Violence and aggression in the NHS

RCN highlights

The latest news from the RCN on professional issues including publications, policy briefings, events and NICE consultations.


Endometriosis factsheet

The RCN has published an endometriosis booklet and factsheet which defines the role of the endometriosis clinical nurse specialist (CNS)


Fund our future nurses

RCN student members have launched a campaign, Fund our future, calling for the Government to prioritise funding for nursing higher education in England.

Quality improvement

Learn more about developments in quality improvement through content giving practice examples, describing tools, learning through innovation and case studies, commentary and statistics.


Managing malnutrition to improve lives and save money

A report from BAPEN has explained why malnutrition costs so much and highlights the importance of identifying and appropriately managing malnutrition.

Health and Social Care Select Committee

Prison health

A Health and Social Care Select Committee report has found that finds that standards inside England’s prisons have deteriorated in recent years.

Patient safety

Follow this theme to discover what patient safety means as a practice. We share learning from practitioners, and researchers and findings from the developing field of human factors in healthcare.

Clinical Human Factors Group

New website launched

The Clinical Human Factors Group has launched a brand new website which filled with a wealth of tips and guides on human factors and patient safety.


NHS scanner and radiologist shortages contributing to thousands of avoidable heart attack deaths, experts warn

Experts from the Royal College of Radiologists have warned that NHS scanner and radiologist shortages are contributing to thousands of avoidable heart attack deaths.

Evidence based practice

This theme explores what it means to practise in line with best available evidence. It highlights evidence based practice guidelines, research and other tools and updates on evidence based techniques and processes from across the UK. International content from credible resources is also included.

NHS Choices.

Could a 'red and processed meat tax' save thousands of lives?

Researchers from the University of Oxford and the International Food Policy Research Institute have worked out the likely health and economic cost of eating red meat and processed meat.

NIHR Signal

Guided online interventions can help people recover from depression

NIHR have reported that internet-based interventions combined with remote professional support can improve outcomes for people with depression.

Patient focus

Patient focus looks at the issues that relate to partnership working and shared decision making. It covers people’s human rights including the right to privacy and confidentiality.


NHS cancer treatment wait statistics 'set to be worst on record'

According to recently published figures, between April and September, the NHS treated the lowest or joint lowest percentage of cancer patients since new standards were introduced.


Quarter of LGBT+ people have witnessed discrimination from NHS staff while seeking treatment, poll finds

Nearly a quarter of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in Britain have witnessed NHS staff making negative remarks about LGBT+ people while seeking care, according to research commissioned by Stonewall.


eHealth covers the ways technologies can act as key enablers in delivering healthcare in today’s society. It’s much more than any one type of technology or device. We are seeing the appearance of new operational models supported by technology.

Digital Health Age

Virtual reality treatment to be trialled for stroke patients

The University of Chester is embarking on a two-year research project which will see them develop virtual reality software to be used to aid rehabilitation in stroke patients.

NHS England

GP online services communications toolkit

NHS England has released a new communications guide that aims to support GP practices in promoting GP online services to patients.

Staff focus

This theme highlights health and morale of the workforce. A positive working environment benefits staff and patients. Creating the best possible working conditions for nursing staff enables them to deliver the highest standards of patient care.


White NHS doctors 'more likely to be promoted than minorities'

The NHS has been embroiled in a new racism controversy after it emerged that white doctors were much more likely than black or minority ethnic medics to be promoted to consultant level.


NHS forced to pay compensation to 1,200 staff worried they have been infected after needle prick

More than 1,200 NHS staff have won compensation after being injured by needles potentially infected with HIV or hepatitis over the past six years

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Latest issue: 15 November 2018

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School Nurses conference and exhibition 2018

School Nurses conference and exhibition 2018

This day is aimed at all nurses working in schools and educational settings, including those from primary and secondary schools, special schools, academies, independent, free and boarding schools.  The conference is also suitable for those undertaking their SCPHN – School Nursing qualification.

School nurses