Womens health: Current Work

The RCN is currently involved in or will be developing a variety of women's health related projects.

These pages are being reviewed and updated by the Woman’s Health Forum Committee, with new pages coming during 2020, including:

  • Period Poverty
  • Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • Urogynaecology
  • Fibroids
  • Polycystic Ovary syndrome
  • Gynaecological cancers.

Women’s Health Pocket guides: these were created and published in three parts over the last three years by the Woman’s Health Forum Committee, are now being updated and combined to create one resource. 

Bladder & Bowel Care and Childbirth Project: this project was jointly shared across RCN Midwifery, Woman’s Health and the Bladder and Bowel care forums is going to create clinical evidence based online guidance being developed for registered nurses, midwives, maternity support workers (MSWs) and nursing associates (NAs) regarding the bowel and bladder care of pregnant and postnatal women pre, during and post childbirth, to support best practice when caring for women during pregnancy and childbirth.

Multiple Births Midwife Standard: the NICE clinical guideline 129 Multiple Pregnancy (2011) and Quality Standard 46 recommend a core team including a specialist midwife to provide care for women with a multiple pregnancy. This project will produce online guidance outlining the skills and knowledge required to practice as a midwife specialist in multiple births, leading the co-ordination of care for women with a multiple pregnancy and working in a multidisciplinary team.

Pregnancy and Disability online resource: This is being led by the Midwifery forum, and will create an online resource for a wide range of disabilities, across physical, mental and learning disabilities, that may impact on women when pregnant. This should be available by the end of 2020. 

New RCN publications

Fertility care and emotional wellbeing

This guidance has been developed as a resource for all health care professionals in all areas of fertility care and acknowledges the differences between emotional support and wellbeing, implications counselling and therapeutic counselling. The HFEA has supported the publication of this title. See: Fertility care and emotional wellbeing

Nurses in maternity care

This report has been produced from the analysis of a workforce survey designed to explore the employment and role-specific training and continuing professional development (CPD) of registered nurses and unregistered support staff working in maternity services across the UK. See: Nurses in maternity care

Menopause and mental health pocket cards

The menopause is a key milestone in women’s lives. These cards have been developed to help nurses provide women with information on living well and how to positively manage the menopause. See: Menopause and mental health pocket cards

Promoting menstrual wellbeing

Menstruation is both a physiological and psychological milestone in a woman’s life. This publication has been developed to help nurses breakdown the stigma that can be associated with what is a completely natural process. See: Promoting menstrual wellbeing

Womens health pocket guide 1

Women's health cards

Part 1 - covers multiple women's health topics including menopause, female anatomy and physiology and the menstrual cycle

Part 2 - covers multiple women’s health topics including contraception, uterine fibroids and cervical cancer

Part 3 - covers multiple women's health topics including fertility, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), pelvic organ prolapse and Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD)

Page last updated - 09/07/2020