Women's health: Publications

  • 20 Apr 2021

    Bladder and Bowel Care in Childbirth

    Publication Code : 009 553

    Bladder and bowel care during childbirth is a critical part of maternity care, as the consequences can have short and long-term consequences for the woman and her family. This guidance provides information about bladder and bowel care throughout pregnancy, labour and into the postnatal period.

  • 30 Mar 2021

    Multiple Births Midwife Standard

    Publication Code : 009 564

    Midwives have an essential role to play in delivering and co-ordinating care for women, partners and families who are experiencing a multiple pregnancy. This standard is intended to provide clear direction for commissioners and managers when creating roles to support best practice and policies in local service provision for women and their families. The skills and knowledge to provide this service are also outlined.

  • 23 Mar 2021

    RCN Position Statement on Registered Nursing Associates (RNAs) Training in Cervical Screening

    Publication Code : 009 591

    The RCN recognises that RNAs carry out cervical screening, in line with national standards. Service and education providers should be confident that appropriate and relevant training and supervision is in place and aware that extra training may be required.

  • 22 Jan 2021

    Fertility Preservation

    Publication Code : 009 531

    This publication provides information for nurses who are supporting and caring for those beginning treatment for potentially life-limiting diseases and where the treatment may adversely affect their ability to have children in the future. The guidance also encompasses those who may wish, for non-medical reasons, to defer having children until later in life, for example members of the armed forces, transgender people, or those considering gender reassignment surgery.

  • 2 Dec 2020

    Fertility Provision for the UK

    Publication Code : 009 494

    This publication details the RCN’s position on the provision of fertility treatment in the UK.

  • 17 Nov 2020

    Termination of Pregnancy: An RCN nursing framework

    Publication Code : 009 398

    This updated guidance incorporates expert and evidence-based practice. It has been produced to support registered nurses and midwives working within the NHS and independent sectors, across the UK. It considers the legislative frameworks in place in 2020 across the UK, alongside clinical guidance for those working in termination of pregnancy services.

  • 2 Nov 2020

    Women’s Health Pocket Guide

    Publication Code : 009 289

    An easy reference tool for nurses, and midwives working with women, including in gynaecology, sexual and reproductive health, in all health and social care settings across the UK. Supported by the Association of Early Pregnancy Units, the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, the Wear White Again Hologic campaign and Verity The Polycystic Ovaries Self Help Group.

  • 22 Oct 2020

    Female Genital Mutilation. RCN guidance for sexual health care

    Publication Code : 009 376

    This publication acts as a supplement to Female Genital Mutilation: An RCN Resource for Nursing and Midwifery Practice (2019) and focuses on professionals working in sexual health services such as sexual health clinics, genitourinary medicine clinics and children’s services.

  • 21 Oct 2020

    Female Genital Mutilation. RCN guidance for travel health services

    Publication Code : 009 375

    This publication acts as a supplement to Female Genital Mutilation: An RCN Resource for Nursing and Midwifery Practice (2019) and focuses on professionals working in travel health services. Travel health organisations, clinics and health care professionals will find it useful as it highlights how important it is for processes within travel health settings to be reviewed to ensure services provide an effective safeguarding process around FGM.

  • 16 Sep 2020

    Menopause: RCN Guidance for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors

    Publication Code : 009 326

    To provide support and advice to women it is important that health care professionals understand the changes that women face at the time of their menopause and the issues related to improving health after menopause. This updated publication aims to help health care professionals gain awareness of the menopause and the safety and efficacy of modern therapy options available. This publication is endorsed by the British Menopause Society.  

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