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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.

RCN Glove Awareness Campaign

RCN Glove awareness campaign

To coincide with World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May, the RCN is hosting Glove Awareness Week from 30 April 2018 to raise awareness of skin health and appropriate glove use by nursing staff.

We are running Glove Awareness Week to highlight when gloves should and shouldn't be worn and how to look after your skin to prevent infection. 

Approximately one in five nurses develop hand dermatitis – a painful, debilitating condition which may require nursing staff to be moved out of clinical areas due to the risk of infection from damaged skin. 

Hand dermatitis can be caused by frequent exposure to water, cleaning agents and inappropriate glove use.

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RCN highlights

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


Write-off loan overpayments made to students

The RCN has called on the Education Secretary to investigate and write-off loan overpayments made to students.


Eight things you need to know about the pay deal.

Eight things you need to know about the pay deal. Find out what you can expect to get by using the NHS joint union pay calculator.

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.

Care Quality Commission

Are we listening?

The Care Quality Commission has published an independent review of children and young people’s mental health.

Health Foundation

What makes us healthy?

A Health Foundation report has explored how a person’s opportunity for health is influenced by factors outside the health and social care system.

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.


Two-fifths of private hospitals in England are failing safety standards

A commentary from the Guardian has highlighted that two-fifths of private hospitals in England are failing safety standards.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Ensuring patient safety, enabling professionalism

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has launched a public consultation on changes to their fitness to practise function putting public protection at the heart of the whole process.

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.


New NICE guidance published

NICE has published guidance for stopping smoking interventions and services and the care and support of people growing older with learning disabilities.

Nuffield Trust

Transforming health care in nursing homes

A Nuffield Trust study has found that a new GP service offering seven-day-a-week support to four nursing homes has resulted in a 36 per cent reduction in emergency admissions to hospital.

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.


Person-centred care improves quality of life for care home residents with dementia

A recent NIHR Signal has highlighted that person-centred care improves quality of life for care home residents with dementia.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Just 6% of people with cancer confident in NHS's future cancer provision

Macmillan Cancer Support has highlighted that fewer than one in 10 people in England think the Government is making the necessary arrangements for the number of cancer patients there will be in the future.


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.

Thirteen countries sign up to Global Digital Health Partnership

A commentary has highlighted that thirteen countries, including the UK, have signed up to a global network designed to support the use of digital technology in modern healthcare.

NHS Digital

Electronic outpatient system set to save NHS at least £50 million

NHS Digital has reported that a new electronic outpatient system is expected to halve the rate of patients missing appointments from 10% and save NHS at least £50 million.

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.

NHS Employers

New initiatives to support staff retention

A joint NHS Employer and NHS Improvement case study has shown how Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a number of new initiatives to support staff retention.

NHS England

Employee engagement, sickness absence and agency spend in NHS trusts

A report commissioned by NHS England has shown that improved staff engagement is linked to lower staff sickness absence and reduced agency staffing costs.

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Quality and Safety eBulletin

Issue 87, 29 March 2018


School nurses conference

RCN School Nurses Conference

Are you a school nurse that feels isolated in your profession? Could you benefit from the opportunity to network with professionals in your field whilst remaining professionally up to date and earning 7 hours of CPD? No matter what your level of experience, if you are a school nurses or an aspiring school nurses working within a school or educational setting, you are invited to join us for this day of learning and professional development. 

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