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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.

Digital literacy

New digital skills resource launched

Technology and data are transforming health care, presenting huge opportunities to improve treatment, patient safety and wellbeing. 

This resource will help you to develop the digital skills you need to make the most of these opportunities.

See: Digital skills

RCN highlights

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


RCN responds to NMC education standards consultation

This publication contains the RCN's responses to the series of consultations focusing on changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards to enable registered nurses to better serve the population health needs for future generations.


RCN Guide to Revalidation for Employers: Mitigating the Risks to Your Business

This guide outlines in practical terms how employers can support and encourage nurses who must revalidate. This will give employers the assurance that their nurses are registered and can continue to practice.

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.

NHS England

Leading large scale change: a practical guide

This guide aims to support all those seeking to achieve transformational change in complex health and care environments. The guide has been informed by the learning and lived experience of system leaders who have strived for sustainable transformational change.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Moving between hospital and home, including care homes

The latest quick guide from SCIE and NICE provides a brief overview of how managers can work with hospitals and other services to ensure a good experience of transition for the people in their 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.

Department of Health

Health Service Safety Investigations Bill

This draft bill establishes a new independent healthcare safety investigation body to improve patient safety. The HSSIB will conduct investigations which focus on learning from patient safety incidents in the NHS, to reduce health care harm and improve patient care.


Patient safety

The World Health Organization has updated their patient safety website. It includes the most recent WHO initiatives and resources in patient safety. A navigation pane on the left of the page allows for quick access to important content areas, ranging from policies and strategies to education and training to patient engagement.

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.

British Association of Dermatologists

Guidelines for biologic therapy for psoriasis 2017

New evidence-based recommendations on the use of biologic therapies in adults, children and young people for the treatment of psoriasis.


New quality standards

NICE has produced quality standards for end of life care for infants, children and young people, the physical health of people in prisons and sepsis.

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

What does the public think of the NHS?

A King’s Fund report has explored public attitudes towards the health service. It finds that despite the significant challenges it faces, the NHS still holds strong support amongst the majority of the general public.


Home care: what people told Healthwatch about their experiences

Healthwatch has published a report which analyses the experiences of people who use home care services, their families and front line staff across England.


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.

NHS Digital Academy

NHS Digital Academy is officially launched

The NHS Digital Academy has been officially launched. Starting 2018, the £4 million NHS Digital Academy programme will over three years aim to train 300 digital leaders.

Technology will create “patient power decade” in NHS

Jeremy Hunt has announced a series of new promises on online access to healthcare information, with a view to ensuring the next 10 years come to be known as the NHS’s “patient power decade”.

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.

Centre for Mental Health

The future of the mental health workforce

A Centre for Mental Health report has called for reform of mental health services in order to develop a workforce that is able to meet people's needs in the future.


From the frontline. Workforce pressure in the NHS

A report from Macmillan has report found that, given current pressures, there are significant concerns about whether the workforce can continue delivering high quality care to people with cancer.

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Quality and Safety eBulletin 75

Issue 75, 28 September 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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