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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.

Digital ready

RCN Digital ready consultation

The digital revolution is already transforming the way nursing care is delivered. It’s vitally important that all nursing staff are equipped to lead this change.

The RCN is launching an extensive UK-wide consultation of nursing staff to discover the challenges faced by nursing staff in adapting to digital technologies, and the opportunities available to improve patient care.

Are you digital ready?

RCN highlights

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


Dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities

This guidance, developed by the Royal College of Nursing Learning Disability Nursing Forum, aims to improve dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities.


Termination of Pregnancy (Induced Abortion)

Position statement from the RCN on Termination of Pregnancy (Induced Abortion).

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.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Professional standards for hospital pharmacy

The professional standards have been in use since 2012, they were previously updated in 2014. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society have updated these standards in 2017 using the RPS process for the development of standards and guidance.

NHS Confederation

Consultation launched on conditions for prescribing over-the-counter medicines

NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and NHS England have launched a joint consultation on commissioning guidance detailing conditions for which over-the-counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care.

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.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Toolkit to promote safe surgery

This American toolkit will help perioperative and surgical units in hospitals identify opportunities to improve care and safety practices and implement evidence-based interventions to prevent surgical site infections.


Task errors by emergency physicians are associated with interruptions, multitasking, fatigue and working memory capacity

This study aimed to assess the relative contributions of interruptions and multitasking by emergency physicians to prescribing errors.

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.

Department of Health and Social Care

A framework for mental health research

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a framework for mental health research which provides a collective view of how mental health research should develop in the UK over the next decade.


Multiple sclerosis patients to have routine access to beta interferon drug

The multiple sclerosis drug, Extavia, has been approved for routine funding on the NHS, in NICE draft guidance.

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.

King’s Fund

The compact between the public and the NHS

This report has found that even after a decade of austerity, public satisfaction with the NHS remains high, although there are increasing concerns about the future.

Welsh Government

Online mental health support for young people

A Welsh government report has detailed the achievements made against the End of Life Care Delivery Plan and the continued commitment to improving the services.​


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.

Children's Commissioner

Life in ‘likes’ Children’s Commissioner report into social media use among 8-12 year olds

​A report from the Children's Commissioner has looked at the impact of social media on the wellbeing and safety of children aged 8 to 12.

NHS Employers

Changes to data protection requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation

A new factsheet from NHS Employers has outlined the key changes that will affect the way that employers in NHS organisations carry out tasks involving personal data.

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.

Health Education England

Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future, A health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027

Health Education England has published a draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027, taking an uncompromising look at the challenges faced by the health and care system.

NHS Improvement

Retaining your clinical staff: a practical improvement resource

NHS Improvement has published a practical improvement resource which outlines key steps to improving retention of clinical staff.

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Issue 82, 18 January 2018



Contemporary challenges in fertility nursing II 

Join the RCN Fertility Forum for this year’s conference where we will be focusing on the mental and emotional journey of patients and how best to support them.

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