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The RCN has published the first in a series of handy pocket guides for nurses working in gynaecology settings (acute and community) but also takes account of the need to raise awareness among healthcare professionals about key conditions. Part one of these pocket guides covers multiple women's health topics including menopause, female anatomy and physiology and the menstrual cycle.
The latest news from the RCN on professional issues including publications, policy briefings, events and NICE consultations.
The RCN has published a new guide 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 menopause happens to all women, however the degree of its impact on a woman’s quality of life and the symptoms experienced are very individual. This guidance examines the role and pathway becoming a nurse specialist practitioner in menopause.
The Scottish Government has published a new 10 year vision for Scotland which aims to achieve parity between mental and physical health.
Department of Health
The Department of Health has published the NHS mandate 2017 to 2018 which reaffirms their commitment to an NHS that provides the best care and support to today’s patients, and safeguarding the service for future generations.
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.
BMJ Quality and Safety
A BMJ Quality and Safety study has suggested that the use of trigger tools is not just about measurement but is something new, important, different and potentially effective in actually improving health care safety.
National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation has argued that preventable harm in health care is a public health crisis and consequently it calls on health care leaders and policymakers to initiate a coordinated public health response to improve patient safety (American).
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.
This guidance aims to ensure that people who receive social care are supported to take and look after their medicines effectively and safely at home.
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
This booklet for adults explains the recommendations in the clinical guideline produced by the British Thoracic Society (BTS) and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), about how you can get assessed and diagnosed for asthma, and the approaches that can help after diagnosis.
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.
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.
Care Quality Commission
The CQC recommends people act with caution when using digital healthcare services such as online GPs and pharmacies. They have issued a joint statement with other regulators and published guidance about what to look out for when using digital healthcare services.
Journal of Medical Internet Research
The aim of this study was to explore the reasons why individuals discuss mental health on the social media website Twitter. The study was the first of its kind to implement a study-specific hashtag for research; therefore, we also examined how feasible it was to circulate and analyse a study-specific hashtag for mental health research.
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.
The event is aimed at senior leaders, including nurses and those working in procurement and finance and it will give colleagues from across the North of England the opportunity to share best practice in procurement.Best-Practice-in-Procurement-for-Quality-and-Safety-May