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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.

Supporting behaviour change

New supporting behaviour change resource launched

This resource will give you an overview of motivational interviewing and will provide you with a 'change toolkit' to use when discussing change with your clients.

See: Supporting behaviour change

RCN highlights

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


New safer staffing report

The report findings provide a strong voice from nursing staff, clearly describing the impact that poor staffing has on both patient care and their own wellbeing.


Get ready to ballot on industrial action

RCN Council will move towards balloting on industrial action if the pay cap isn’t lifted in the Budget. Whether you want to take action or not, we need your correct details.

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.

Breast Cancer Now

UK breast cancer progress 'stalling' as NHS continues to miss

A Breast Cancer Now report has highlighted that progress on breast cancer in the UK is 'stalling' as a lack of leadership continues to prevent research breakthroughs from reaching patients

NHS England

Home-testing kits that detect bowel cancer could almost halve invasive examinations by 2020

A major NHS England funded study is expected to almost halve the number of invasive procedures by 2020 by improving the accuracy of home-testing kits that detect bowel cancer from invisible amounts of blood.

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.


Sepsis - what NICE says

NICE has urged all professionals across the NHS to think 'could this be sepsis?' Find out what else NICE says to tackle this life-threatening condition.


Antibacterial agents in clinical development

The World Health Organisation has published a report showing that there is a serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

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.


Clinical Guideline CG28 Depression in children and young people: identification and management

This guideline covers identifying and managing depression in children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years.

NIHR Signal

Early discharge ‘hospital-at-home’ gives similar outcomes to in-patient care

Supported early discharge, where patients receive on-going hospital-level treatment in their own home, had no effect on mortality compared with standard in-patient care. Patients had shorter hospital stays, were more likely to be satisfied and less likely to end up in residential care.

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.

British Medical Journal

Wisdom of patients: predicting the quality of care using aggregated patient feedback

To determine whether the near real-time, automated collection and aggregation of multiple sources of patient feedback can provide a collective judgement that effectively identifies risks to the quality of care, and hence can be used to help prioritise inspections.

Guardian Health

Reinventing mental health care by putting patients in charge

A personal experience of a mental health service user which helped them to set up and run a suicide crisis centre.


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.

Australian Health Review

Effectiveness and efficiency of training in digital health care packages

The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether the current training program facilitates efficient and accurate use of the digital medical record in clinical practice.

NHS England

The NHS IT Strategy

The national director of operations and information has written a blog setting out progress of the NHS strategy.

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.


Rise in nurse training places

Jeremy Hunt will try to reverse a damaging crash in the number of applications for nurse training, with a promise of cash for fast-track courses.

Queen’s Nursing Institute

New standards for general practice nurses

The QNI and QNI Scotland launched new Voluntary Standards for senior General Practice Nurses (GPNs) at the QNI conference in London.

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Quality and Safety eBulletin 76

Issue 76, 12 October 2017



RCN Education Forum National Conference & Exhibition 2018

If you are involved in educating and developing the nursing workforce and have a contemporary project, initiative or research to share, why not submit an abstract. Call for abstracts closes midnight on Monday 23 October 2017

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