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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


Raising concerns

This resource will support you to raise concerns wherever you work – in the NHS or independent sector - and whether you raise a concern as an individual or as part of a group


When someone asks for your assistance to die

This updated guidance was developed to support nurses, HCAs, and other health professionals in adult practice who may be asked by patients, or their families or carers, to become involved in assisting suicide.


The nature, scope and value of ophthalmic nursing

This updated publication provides a strategic vision for ophthalmic nursing and guidance on how ophthalmic nurses can help maintain and promote ocular health.


Female genital mutilation: RCN guidance for travel health services

This publication acts as a supplement to Female Genital Mutilation: An RCN Resource for Nursing and Midwifery Practice (2016) and focuses on professionals working in travel health services.


Female genital mutilation: RCN travel health services pathway

This travel health services pathway has been produced as a quick reference tool to help care for girls and women who may be at risk of, or have been, abused through FGM.


Female genital mutilation: RCN guidance for sexual health care

This publication focuses on professionals working in sexual health services such as sexual health clinics, genitourinary medicine clinics and children’s services.


Female genital mutilation: RCN sexual health care pathway

This sexual health care pathway has been produced as a quick reference tool and is intended to guide the development of local services when caring for girls and women who may be at risk of, or have been, abused through FGM.


RCN Bulletin 347, January 2017

This issue of RCN Bulletin includes articles on supporting victims of domestic abuse, pet therapy and a Q&A on the new nursing associate role.


Nursing associates – everything you need to know

The nursing associate is a new health care role the Department of Health has introduced in England. The role is designed to bridge the gap between health care assistants (HCAs) and registered nurses. As the first trainee nursing associates join the workforce, we answer the key questions about this new support role.


Nurses vital to improving mental health

As Theresa May announces an overhaul of mental health services, the RCN says more nurses are the key to better care. New measures announced by the Prime Minister include mental health first aid training for secondary school teachers and an extra £15m for community care services.


Final push to trigger debate on nursing pay

A petition urging the Government to scrap an NHS pay cap of 1% is nearing 100,000 signatures. The online petition, started by community nurse Danielle Tiplady, argues that Agenda for Change staff have experienced pay restraint since 2010 and lost about 14% of their pay in real terms.


RCN President honoured with CBE

Cecilia Anim has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list 2017. The award was made in recognition of her work for the RCN over the last three decades, as a nurse specialist in the field of sexual health, and as a leader in her community.


RCN calls for better access to animals in health care

A survey of RCN members has found nine out of ten nursing staff believe animals can improve the health of patients. Nine out of ten (90%) nurses believe animals can improve the health of patients with depression and other mental health problems, according to a survey of RCN members.


Assault figures show sharp rise

Threat of violence and danger compounds difficult working conditions for NHS staff, says RCN. New figures from NHS Protect show that attacks on NHS staff in England have risen sharply in the past year, with more than 70,500 assaults reported overall.


Updated guidance on assisted suicide

The RCN has published revised guidance for nursing staff on how to respond to requests from patients related to assisted suicide. The guidance, originally published in 2011, sets out the legal position for health care workers and reinforces the fact that assisting a suicide is illegal.


RCN concerned at fall in nursing degree applications

Nursing degree applications have fallen by 20% since the government replaced bursaries with student loans. The drop in applications for nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects is also twice that of other courses, according to a survey by the Vice-Chancellors’ body Universities UK.



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.


Out in the District: The history of community nursing in Scotland

13 Feb 2017 16:00. 42 South Oswald Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH9 2HH. District nursing origins can be traced back to 1859 when philanthropist William Rathbone pioneered the provision of nursing within poorer communities. Join us for a talk drawing on materials from the Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland Archive to explore the history of district nursing.


Nursing the tropics

15 Feb 2017 17:30. 20 Cavendish Square, Royal College of Nursing, London, W1G 0RN. Travel medicine is a relatively new branch of medicine, offering advice to people travelling across the world for work or pleasure. Join our speakers to hear about travel health's fascinating history and how the nursing role in this field has changed.


RCN UK Joint Representatives' Conference Spring 2017

02 Mar 2017 - 03 Mar 2017. Applications are invited from RCN accredited representatives to attend the UK Joint Representatives’ Conference at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.


AfPP and RCN Perioperative Forum Workshop

18 Mar 2017. RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) and the RCN Perioperative Forum, will be jointly hosting this one day workshop for all nurses and allied health professionals working in the perioperative setting including theatre, anaesthetic and recovery.


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.


Women’s Health forum conference 2017

23 March 2017. RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. If you work in primary, secondary care or the private sector, this conference will have something for you. It covers a vast range of updates from PMS through to bleeding problems, women’s cancers and menopause.

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