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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


Health care plan for homeless needed urgently

The lack of NHS care for rough sleepers must be addressed in time for the hardest winter months. Writing in The Big Issue magazine RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies has called for an urgent plan from ministers and the NHS to encourage people without a fixed address to register with a GP surgery.


'Alarming' rise in nurses quitting

New figures published by the NMC show there continues to be an increase in nurses and midwives leaving its register. Over the last year the number of UK registrants leaving the profession has increased by nine per cent while the number of EU registrants leaving has increased by 67 per cent.


Increasing pay leads to economic growth

New analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research has shown the actual cost to the Treasury of increasing NHS pay in line with inflation would be less than £1 billion by 2019/20.


Are you being paid the Real Living Wage?

The new Real Living Wage rates have been announced today as part of Living Wage Week. Brian Morton says this is an opportunity to talk to your employer about fair pay.


Our partnership with the Big Issue

The RCN has launched a new partnership with the Big Issue that includes sole sponsorship of the iconic red tabards worn by vendors.


The Fairy Godmother of Nursing

Located conveniently in the medical heart of London, the Royal College of Nursing is in a prime position. How did we come to be here? Janan Nuri sheds some light...


Drop in nurse numbers 'deeply worrying'

A new Health Foundation report says national policy and planning for the NHS workforce in England is not fit for purpose.


RCN Policy Position on Language Testing and Response to the NMC's New Guidance

This submission includes a comprehensive RCN position statement on language testing and our view on the present use of the International English Language Testing System.


Managing Unacceptable Behaviour

This new publication outlines how RCN staff, reps and members should approach working with each other. It highlights what steps will be taken when the standards aren’t met; provides guidance for reps who are subjected to unacceptable behaviour; and outlines what support is available to them.


RCN Bulletin 357: November 2017

In this issue we celebrate the success of our Scrap the Cap campaign, which culminated in Jeremy Hunt announcing an end to the 1% NHS pay cap.Also : celebrating RCN reps, Filipino nurses reunion and the meaning behind Movember.



Travel health roadshows

Jane Chiodini, Director of Travel Health Training Ltd and the RCN bring you this essential updates in travel health. Cardiff 22 November, Birmingham 29 November and London 9 December 2017.

NHS Sustainable Development Unit and UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

Future proofing the health service in a changing climate: collective action

24 November 2017 10:30 – 15:00pm, the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE. This masterclass is designed to help doctors, nurses and other health professionals to develop their leadership skills and confidence to take advantage of the opportunity to build a more sustainable health system and future proof the NHS in a changing climate.


Society of Orthopaedics and Trauma Nursing Conference and Exhibition 2017

14 November, Crowne Plaza Chester, Trinity Street, Chester, CH1 2BD. Explore the challenges and innovations in orthopaedic and fracture trauma care for patients, ranging from children and young people to the older person.


Brexit and Beyond! An international perspective on health care

14 November 2017, RCN, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. What impact will the Brexit process have on health care? And how have the NHS and other health services benefited from immigration, from Europe and beyond?


Nurses’ Guide to Survival and Change - Resilience in the Workplace

16 November 2017 14:00-18:00, RCN HQ London. Resilience in the workplace is conceptualised in very different ways. Some see it as an individual trait, others understand it as a systemic problem. This event brings together experts on resilience in healthcare and nursing practitioners to argue for a more critical, psychosocial and systemic perspective on resilience at work.


Hawking Annual MND Lecture

22 November 2017, RCN, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. We are privileged to welcome Professor Carolyn Young, from the Walton Centre Liverpool, to lead our important inaugural Annual MND lecture with an explanation of the ground-breaking TONiC study.


Education Forum National Conference & Exhibition 2018 Partners in Practice: Nurses Working Together Through Change

20 – 21 March 2018 Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8QH If you are involved in educating and developing the nursing workforce and have a contemporary project, initiative or research to share, why not submit an abstract for this leading conference, which will focus on advancing all aspects of the practice of nursing education. Call for abstracts closes midnight on Monday 23rd October 2017

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