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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.

PQI Programme

Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme

The Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme (PQIP) is a new research and quality improvement programme which will measure and improve patient outcomes after major surgery. Over 70 hospitals have registered interest in participating and it has been adopted onto the NIHR's portfolio of approved studies - meaning that hospitals will get support from NIHR clinical research nurses to support their efforts. PQIP will measure, analyse and provide feedback on the quality and outcomes of perioperative care and will recruit 70,000 patients from hospitals all over the UK over the next 5 years. PQIP is a collaborative programme, being led by the National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia’s Health Services Research Centre (NIAA HSRC) on behalf of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. There are real opportunities for nurses working in the perioperative setting to get involved with data collection and local quality improvement based on PQIP data. Have a look at the website - and get in touch at to find out if your hospital is involved. 

RCN highlights

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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Quality and Safety eBulletin, issue 56

Issue 56, 24 November 2016



Nursing education and professional development: the global perspective

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Nursing education and professional development: the global perspective