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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


Fertility preservation

This publication provides information for nurses who are supporting and caring for those beginning treatment for potentially life-limiting diseases and where the treatment may adversely affect their ability to have children in the future.


Women’s Health Pocket Guides

Part one of these handy pocket guides covers multiple women's health topics including menopause, female anatomy and physiology and the menstrual cycle. Supported by Ethicon, NHS England, bpas, SYLK Besins Healthcare (UK) Ltd and Macmillan Cancer Support.


Nurse specialist in menopause

The menopause happens to all women, however the degree of its impact on a woman’s quality of life and the symptoms experienced are very individual. This focuses on the options for nurses who may choose a career pathway towards becoming a specialist practitioner in menopause


Government must address social care challenges

The Government must put in place long-term workforce planning arrangements for social care, says the RCN. The comments were made in response to a report which showed the turnover rate for nurses working in social care is 35.9%.


RCN forces U-turn on agency ban

The rule, which originally stated that trusts should ensure that staff engaged through an agency are not substantively employed elsewhere, was dropped a day before it was due to come into force.


Joint statement on CPR

In a joint statement the RCN has urged regulatory bodies to consider the circumstances in which CPR should be applied. The RCN was reacting to findings of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Conduct and Competence Committee.


Pay announcement a bitter blow to nursing staff

The RCN has condemned the Government’s decision to continue with the 1% pay cap for NHS staff in England. The decision means nursing staff once again face a cut to their pay in real terms, a move which the RCN says will worsen already severe staffing shortages.


RCN welcomes Nurse First programme

Nurse First will create a new postgraduate programme that will fast track high achievers to registered graduate nursing positions. Nurse First will initially be piloted in three areas across England, with the first trainees due to begin their studies in September.


RCN unveils nursing stories from WW1

Wartime nursing will be brought into the digital age as personal stories of First World War nurses are uncovered for the first time. With the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the RCN is creating a new online resource showcasing the long-lost stories of nine nurses from the First World War.


President’s Update. Pay restraint is hurting everyone

The Government's decision hurts nursing staff and the excellent patient care they are desperately trying to uphold. By failing to address pay today, the government has stacked up problems for the future - problems that are getting more and more expensive to fix.


RCN Blogs

Check out the latest blogs. Recent blogs have covered: Mary Seacole; dignity in death; improving stroke services and pay restraint.


Janet Davies’ update

As the Government triggers Article 50, setting the Brexit process in motion, more than 33,000 nursing staff from the European Economic Area (EEA) face further sleepless nights wondering if they have a future here. Nursing staff from the EEA play a key role in ensuring our health care service can operate.



Best Practice in Procurement for Quality and Safety

22 May 2017, Royal College of Nursing , 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London W1G 0RN. 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.


RCN Children and Young People Nursing Conference

24 May to 26 May 2017. Returning for 2017, the RCN’s ‘Children and Young People Nursing Conference’ will be running alongside the RCPCH Conference and offers excellent learning and networking opportunities.


Looked after children's nurses networking event 2017

06 June 2017, RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. This conference will address issues such as substance misuse amongst looked-after children, whilst providing an update on the findings and impact of the National Care Leavers Association 2016 Project. The event will cover three main areas; Adolescent Health, Mental Health and Care Leavers.


RCN Critical Care and Flight Nursing Forum Workshop 2017

10 June 2017, RCN 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London W1G 0RN. This conference is aimed at health care professionals or students working in the field of critical care. The event will include evidence based scenarios, networking opportunities and updates on contemporary practice.


Travel Health Competence: Pointing you in the right direction

24 June 2017, RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. Travel health is constantly updating, feel confident in consultation with travellers and keep yourself informed by attending this conference. Booking now open.


From Detection Dogs to Therapy Pets: Animals in Health

21 June 2017, Cowdray Hall , Royal College of Nursing , 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London W1G 0RN. At this public lecture, hear from Claire Guest about how her dog, Daisy, saved her life by detecting her breast cancer, meet a therapy pet and find out about the role dogs play in health and social support for those experiencing homelessness.

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