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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


RCN Position statement on Domestic Abuse

The RCN aims to better support nurses and midwives working with victims of domestic violence, according to its new position statement. The statement sets out the RCN’s goal to help all nurses and midwives better understand their role and responsibilities around domestic abuse.


Termination of pregnancy

This guidance has been produced to support registered nurses and midwives working within the NHS and independent sector. It builds on previous work and incorporates expert and evidence-based practice. This framework covers England, Scotland and Wales.


RCN Bulletin 354: August 2017

Catch up with the latest round of payday protests, read about a cruise ship nurse and find out what members do when they’re not nursing, fighting FGM and celebrating professional forums.


RCN gets ready to elect union committee

The RCN has announced the candidates who will stand for election to the new RCN Trade Union Committee. This committee will be accountable to RCN Council and will make decisions on its behalf on all the RCN’s trade union functions and activities.


Proposed changes at BMI Healthcare

BMI Healthcare has confirmed the implementation of its 'Standard Structures' project for Nursing throughout August 2017 and the RCN would like to hear feedback from affected members about the proposed changes.


Parliament Square venue for RCN rally

The RCN has announced the next location for its Scrap the Cap rally on 6 September, 12.30 – 2.30pm. Thousands are expected at the largest event for the RCN’s Summer of Protest, which has already seen two pay day protests across more than 40 UK cities.


RCN supports new pathway to support bereaved parents

The RCN is supporting the launch of the National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP). The pathway is designed to improve care for parents and families who have lost a baby during pregnancy or up to 12 months after the child is born.


More investment needed in mental health

The RCN says detail and proper funding is needed for the Government to deliver its mental health plans. The Government has committed £1.3 billion to mental health services, with a pledge to treat an extra one million patients by 2020-21.


RCN secures Scrap the cap even in Parliament

MPs from across the political divide will come together to discuss the 1% cap on nursing pay. The drop-in event, which will take place on Wednesday 6 September, will be hosted by Conservative MP and nurse Maria Caufield.


General practice nursing action plan launched

Framework highlights the contribution and challenges general practice nurses and their teams face. The ten point plan, published by NHS England, sets out actions to deliver a general practice nursing workforce fit for the future.


Cecelia Anim CBE Blog

The NHS is surviving on the goodwill of nursing staff. On 6 September RCN members will host a rally in central London calling on the UK Government to scrap the pay cap. The more members that attend, the stronger our message will be.


New RCN Blogs

Check out the latest RCN Blogs which cover: influencing policy and politics; the RCN’s partnership with the Zambian Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) and the Scrap the cap rallies this September.



School Nurses Conference and Exhibition 2017

24 August 2017. Amba Hotel Marble Arch , Bryanston St , Marylebone , London W1H 7EH. This RCN conference will provide a valuable opportunity for you to meet other like-minded nurses and remain professionally up to date. Aimed at all nurses working in schools and educational settings, including those from academies, independent, free and boarding schools.


23rd International Mental Health Nursing Research (MHNR) Conference 2017

14 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep Cardiff City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ND. The International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference is the Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference re-imagined and reinvented.


RCN Older People's forum and BGS joint conference

20 Sep 2017. Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London W1G 0RN. This is your opportunity to take part by submitting an abstract for presentation. Make your voice heard and share new solutions to older people's care whilst inspiring attendees to achieve personal excellence in the care of older people.


Best Practice in Procurement for Quality and Safety

21 Sep 2017. Novotel Hotel, 50 Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PR. The event is aimed at senior leaders, including nurses and those working in procurement and finance and it will give colleagues from across the North of England the opportunity to share best practice in procurement.

Public Health England

Getting Serious About Cardiovascular Disease Prevention 2018: Reducing Variation and Optimising Care conference

8 February, 2018, The Kia Oval (Alec Stewart Gate) Surrey County Cricket Club, Kennington, London SE11 5SS. This is the fifth annual Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) prevention conference hosted by Public Health England. The focus of this year’s conference is on reducing variation and optimising care. The website is now open for abstract applications. The purpose of inviting abstracts is to showcase your relevant research and evaluation and provide the opportunity to share your knowledge and learning. The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2017.

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