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News and updates from the RCN

Highlights of the latest RCN publications, policies, events and consultations relating to quality and safety.

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

RCN Highlights


The Needs of People with Learning Disabilities

This booklet aims to highlight to all pre-registration nursing students what their programme of study should offer around the health needs of people with a learning disability, increasing the students’ competence, regardless of what setting they work in.


Career and education framework for cancer nursing

The RCN's Career and Education Framework for Cancer Nursing for UK nursing staff is the first to incorporate cancer-specific nursing outcomes. The Framework and outcomes are intended to be used as part of professional, education and workforce development to support improvements in the delivery of high-quality care to people affected by cancer.


Supporting nursing staff caring for patients from places of detention

There are an increasing number of people in criminal justice settings who have multiple and complex health care needs. This guidance is aimed at nursing staff working in NHS settings and gives further support and advice to provide optimum care to this group of patients.


Check out the latest blogs

The new RCN blog posts cover: future memories in the digital age, recognising your peers, RCN congress, Nursing students deserve answers, new journals for 2017and the library’s latest archive addition.


New analysis predicts loss of 7,000 nurse posts

Data leaked to the BBC shows A&E patients in England faced the longest trolley waits on record in January. Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said the figures were further evidence of a health service stretched to the limit.


Fall in applicants 'threatens nursing's future'

The latest figures from UCAS confirm RCN fears over the impact of charging nursing students university fees.


Pay uplift agreed at Four Seasons Health Care Homes

Following last month’s pay ballot of RCN members who work for FSHC, the RCN has agreed a pay uplift of between 1 and 1.5 percent for all those staff who have not received any increase since April 2016.


MPs debate the cap on nursing pay

Two hour debate showed cross party consensus for the Government to end its policy of pay restraint.


Pay ballot at brighterkind care homes

Following pay negotiations, brighterkind (part of the Four Seasons Health Care Group) have made an offer of increased pay for their care home workforce. The RCN is sending information and ballot papers to members employed by brighterkind.


RCN Bulletin 348: February 2017

This issue of RCN Bulletin includes articles on eHealth, lymphoedema and how to tackle bullying and harassment in the workplace.


The fight for fair pay continues

Following the debate on nursing pay, we will continue to fight for the pay rise you deserve. The Pay Review Body will make its recommendation to the Government by end of February. The debate has drawn attention to our cause and I am committed to maintain this momentum as our fight for fair pay continues.


Nurses working at an advanced level discuss credentialing

Credentialing offers individual nurses recognition from the RCN for their skill and experience to practise at an advanced level. The RCN is currently piloting credentialing, and the service will be widely available from spring 2017. Watch our latest video to find out more.



RCN UK Joint Representatives' Conference Spring 2017

02 Mar 2017 - 03 Mar 2017. Applications are invited from RCN accredited representatives to attend the UK Joint Representatives’ Conference at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.


AfPP and RCN Perioperative Forum Workshop

18 Mar 2017. RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) and the RCN Perioperative Forum, will be jointly hosting this one day workshop for all nurses and allied health professionals working in the perioperative setting including theatre, anaesthetic and recovery.


Nursing education and professional development: the global perspective

21 Mar 2017 - 22 Mar 2017. Cardiff City Hall, Gorsedd Gardens Road, Cardiff, CF10 3ND. Are you interested in the future of nursing education and practice in the UK? Join this conference to discuss latest developments, learn new knowledge and influence future practice.


Women’s Health forum conference 2017

23 Mar 2017. RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. If you work in primary, secondary care or the private sector, this conference will have something for you. It covers a vast range of updates from PMS through to bleeding problems, women’s cancers and menopause.


Nightingale & Rathbone: Contributions to Public Health

30 March 2017. 12.00 – 17.00. RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. This half-day study workshop, coordinated by the RCN and Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), is open to all and of particular interest to historians of nursing, MA and PhD researchers and public health nurses.


Nurse veterans of the Great War in 1920s France, Belgium and Britain

In this inaugural RCN History of Nursing Society Lecture, Professor Fell will look at associations of former war nurses – both trained and volunteer- in France, Belgium and Britain in the 1920s.


RCN International Nursing Research conference and exhibition 2017

05 – 07 April 2017. University of Oxford Examination School, 75-81 The High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BG. A leading international conference for health care professionals and academics involved in or interested in research relevant to nursing.

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