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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


Congress submissions now open

You can now submit agenda items and events to be considered for inclusion at next year’s RCN Congress in Belfast. So if there’s a burning issue you want to see discussed by colleagues at a national level, now’s your chance to make that happen.


Joint unions demand more pay for NHS staff

The RCN, with 13 NHS trade unions, is calling on the Government to scrap the 1% pay cap, match wage increases to inflation and restore lost pay.


RCN responds to NMC education standards consultation

This publication contains the RCN's responses to the series of consultations focusing on changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards to enable registered nurses to better serve the population health needs for future generations.


RCN prepares to elect first nursing committee

Forty-seven members have put themselves forward to fill the 14 available seats on the RCN Professional Nursing Committee. This is the first time the RCN has had a directly elected committee accountable for setting the direction of the organisation’s work on professional nursing issues.


The RCN Money Guide for HCAs, HCSWs, APs, Trainee Nursing Associates and Nursing Apprentices

This Guide provides helpful tips for HCAs, HCSWs, APs, trainee nursing associates and nursing apprentices on how to stay on top of their finances.


RCN Guide to Revalidation for Employers: Mitigating the Risks to Your Business

This guide outlines in practical terms how employers can support and encourage nurses who must revalidate. This will give employers the assurance that their nurses are registered and can continue to practice.


Assessing, managing and monitoring biologic therapies for inflammatory arthritis

Updated guidance for rheumatology specialist practitioners and the wider health care team on assessing, managing and monitoring biologic therapies for inflammatory arthritis.


RCN Bulletin. Issue 355, September 2017

This latest issues looks at school nurses, nursing in Zambia, finding new ways to support patients with dementia who are admitted to Hinchingbrooke Hospital, and identifying delirium and becoming a delirium champion.


RCN Health and Care Bulletin

Autumn 2017. This issue covers the RCN’s Summer of Protest – Scrap the Cap; providing care to people with learning disabilities; how to spot and deal with modern slavery and a new RCN resource designed to help HCAs and APs manage their money.


Integrating health and social care across the UK: toolkit for nursing leaders

An RCN UK-wide toolkit for members working in strategic decision-making roles or involved in forums around integrated care. The toolkit has a series of themed prompt questions for reflection and action. It will support members to provide confident nursing leadership to shape, deliver and monitor safe, quality and local integrated services.


Become a delirium champion

The RCN has launched a new drive to help nurses spot the signs of delirium. Dawne Garrett, RCN Professional Lead for Older People and Dementia, said: “Delirium is a very common condition, particularly among older patients and those with dementia….All our Delirium Champions will be equipped with education and development resources to help train as many staff as possible about delirium symptoms.”


RCN calls for more investment in school nurses

Children with asthma, epilepsy and diabetes are at risk in the classroom due to the accelerating loss of school nurses, the RCN has warned.


Latest RCN Blogs

New blogs cover: Inspiring nurses returning to practice; STPs in the south east and RCN Northern Ireland pay champion Jane Leighton shares a personal insight on the RCN Scrap the Cap rally.


RCN 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


MND Explained

06 Oct 2017 11:00 - 22 Nov 15:00 RCN Are you caring for people living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND)? These workshops will signpost the latest resources, how they can work for you and how they can improve quality of life for people living with MND


Flight Nursing Workshop 2017

07 Oct 2017 09:30 - 16:30 Royal College of Nursing , 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London W1G 0RN. This one day workshop is essential for all nurses and health care professionals working in the field of flight nursing, patient repatriation and retrieval.


Neurogenic bowel: the bottom line

10 Oct 2017 09:45 - 15:30 Royal College of Nursing , 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London W1G 0RN. Do you know about appropriate bowel management for patients with neurogenic bowel disorder? Join the RCN Neuroscience Forum, Continence Forum and Gastrointestinal Nursing Forum for an interactive workshop and find out what nurses need to know about this pertinent area of nursing practice.


When Words Are Not Enough

12 Oct 2017 18:30 - 21:30 Watershed , 1 Canon's Road , Bristol BS1 5TX. The Winifred Raphael Memorial Lecture, co-ordinated by the RCN Research Society.

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