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RCN highlights

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


New Safety guide for lone workers

The guide has been produced after a 2015 survey of RCN members found almost half of nursing staff based in the community have been subjected to abuse during the last two years. In more than 11 per cent of cases, this involved physical abuse or assault as well as verbal abuse.


Voting opens for president elections

Voting is open for the position of RCN President and all members are encouraged to cast their vote. Ballot papers are included with the October issue of RCN Bulletin and must be returned by 5pm on Wednesday 16 November. This is a statutory election, which means members can only vote by post. The RCN President represents the College and nursing across the UK and internationally.


1 per cent pay cap for NHS staff ‘unsustainable’

In their annual submission to the NHS pay review body (PRB) the RCN and 12 other unions also call for a return to UK-wide pay scales, with staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receiving the same rates as those in Scotland. RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Janet Davies said that if pay for nursing staff continued to fall in real terms patient care would be at risk.


Staff Side Evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body 2017-18

Evidence submitted to the NHS Pay review body. Also see RCN Evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (publication code 005 803).


RCN Evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body 2017-18

RCN Evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body 2017-18. This submission accompanies the evidence presented by Staff Side (publication code 005 802) and supports the key recommendations made in the report. It also makes some additional observations and recommendations based on the findings from our own research.


Agency nursing under the microscope

The RCN and HCL Nursing explore the dependence on agency nursing in the UK and the view of agency nurses themselves.


Personal safety when working alone: guidance for members working in health and social care

This short guide has been developed for members who work alone. It also contains a checklist for RCN safety representatives who work on negotiating improvements to workplace safety for members and nurse managers who manage lone working staff. For those wanting more in-depth information on lone working, there is a list of sources of further information in the back of the guide.


Keeping safe when working alone

This pocket guide will help prepare you for lone working. It provides a checklist to run through before a home visit, along with what to look out for whilst on a visit and what to report afterwards. Remember, The NMC Code states that you should take account of your own personal safety as well as those you care for.


History of public health exhibition launched

The RCN has unveiled a new exhibition exploring the history of public health nursing in the UK. The special collection of images and artefacts was launched this week at an RCN panel event, in which a range of experts discussed the history of vaccination and its impact on public health.


NHS 'would not cope' without overseas nurses

The RCN is calling for certainty over the future of EU workers in the health service as new figures suggest the number of NHS staff recruited from the EU has soared in recent years.



Connect! Nursing: Museums at Night with Peter Liversidge

29 Oct 2016. Exactly a century ago, proposals were realised for a new College of Nursing. These shaped the nursing profession and drive the work of the RCN today. On our 100th birthday, the College invites artist Peter Liversidge to explore new proposals for the future of nursing. Join us for a celebration of our haunted 1700s townhouse, once home to Prime Minister H.H. Asquith and visited by suffragettes, and the 1920s college and women’s club.


Advanced Nurse Practitioner Conference 2017

3 Feb 2017. Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN. Credentialing of advanced nursing practice, an exciting new RCN initiative will be presented in a key note speech and a workshop to enable you to understand the importance of this venture and the potential impact it will have upon you, the public and employers.


RCN Remembrance Ceremony 2016

7 Nov 2016. The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1E 6HQ. Taking place in the early evening of 7 November, this service is to honour the sacrifice made by nurses and defence medical services personnel killed or wounded caring for victims of conflict.


RCN Defence Nursing Forum Workshop 2016

07 Nov 2016. RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. This workshop is of interest to nurses involved or likely to be involved in delivering trauma and surgical care in military and civilian environments where resources are limited. In the developing world billions of people have little access to safe and affordable surgical care. Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care is a World Health Organisation universal health care priority. This workshop will demonstrate where advances in military trauma care in areas of limited resources can be adopted in the civilian setting.


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


RCN International Centenary Conference

22 Nov 2016 - 23 Nov 2016. QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE. This event - the first of its kind in the RCN’s history – will also consider the delivery of health in the face of significant international challenges. Delegates will hear from a range of eminent health care leaders, across both days of the conference.

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