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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.

Older People's Day 1 October 2016 

Older People's Day marks a national and international celebration of the ahcievements of older people and recgonises the contributions that they make to society. The initiative also aims to challenge negative stereotypes of older people and promote positive attitudes towards ageing.

See: Older People's Day

Older people's resources

As people live longer and the population ages there are increased challenges for society and in particular health and social care services. We are highlighting a number of resources from the RCN including the older people's forum, the RCN's webpages with guidance on caring for older people with diverse needs across care settings and a subject guide from the RCN Library recommending books and journals on the topic of caring for older people. We are also focusing on news stories and research relating to the care of older people and positive ageing.

  • RCN older people resource. The RCN's resource on older people provides resources and guidance on the key issues related to the care of older people.
  • #olderpeoplesday. On 1 October follow the hashtag on Twitter to find out about events for Older People's Day and join in the conversation.
  • Healthwatch. Making care homes a better place to live. Information on how Healthwatch is working with care home residents to make sure their needs are being met.
  • RCN Library. Care of older people subject guide. This guide provides RCN members with recommended books and journals relating to the care of older people.
  • World Health Organization (WHO). The theme of the International Day of Older Persons for 2016 is "Take a Stand Against Ageism" and you can read more here about what the WHO is doing to combat ageism.
  • RCN older people's forum. Open to RCN members, the forum celebrates and shares good practice as well as contributing to the development of guidelines for the care of older people.
  • AgeUK. 10 tips for ageing better. These tips about living healthily and happily for longer include staying active, eating a healthy diet and giving up smoking.
  • The King's Fund and the Nuffield Trust. Social care for older people. This report looks at the current state of social care services for older people in England.
  • 'Green prescribing' urged to get older people active outdoors. A report by the Scottish Government has recommended GPs and medical professionals help remove barriers to access to recreational activities for older people by recommending outdoor exercise and recreation.

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 52

Issue 52, 29 September 2016


International Centenary Conference

This is a unique event which will reflect on the past 100 years of nursing and help plan for the next 100, while celebrating the RCN’s centenary.

International Centenary Conference