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  • 16 May 2018

    Investing in a Safe and Effective Workforce: Continuing professional development for nurses in the UK

    Publication Code : 007028

    CPD is vital for nursing staff to maintain and develop the skills they need to deliver high quality, safe and effective care across all roles and settings. This report outlines the importance of CPD, current access to CPD and the RCN's call to action for the Government.

  • 15 May 2018

    Every Nurse an E-nurse: Insights from a consultation on the digital future of nursing

    Publication Code : 007 013

    This publication presents the detailed findings of a consultation, led by the RCN, into the digital future of nursing. The consultation took place over January and February 2018. The consultation explored 1) ideas for a shared vision of a digitally enabled health and social care service 2) the barriers and enablers to the vision becoming a reality and 3) examples of how data, information, knowledge and technology are already bringing that vision to life.

  • 15 May 2018

    A journey together to understand the digital future of nursing in the UK

    Publication Code : 006997

    This is a summary of the findings of a consultation, led by the RCN, into the digital future of nursing. The consultation took place over January and February 2018. The consultation explored 1) ideas for a shared vision of a digitally enabled health and social care service 2) the barriers and enablers to the vision becoming a reality and 3) examples of how data, information, knowledge and technology are already bringing that vision to life.

  • 14 May 2018

    The Best Start: The Future of Children’s Health – One Year on. Valuing school nurses and health visitors in England

    Publication Code : 007000

    In May 2017 the RCN reported on the significant decline in school nurses and an emerging trend of reductions in the health visiting workforce and included a number of recommendations addressed to the Government, local authorities and Health Education England. This short paper is focused on the position in England and therefore aims to update and build upon the issues covered in last year’s report.

  • 14 May 2018

    Sexual and Reproductive Health. RCN report on the impact of funding and service changes in England.

    Publication Code : 006962

    This report brings together the results of a RCN survey with nurses working in sexual and reproductive health. It provides clarification and evidence following increasing concerns reported from those working in England on the impact of service provision following the changes to commissioning after the Health and Social Care Act (2012).

  • 14 May 2018

    Supporting children's nurses working outside of a designated ward/department

    Publication Code : 006 477

    Updated 2018 guidance, designed as a checklist that can be used when considering the support, guidance, management and education framework required for children's nurses working outside of a designated ward/department.

  • 14 May 2018

    Working with Dogs in Health Care Settings

    Publication Code : 006909

    A protocol to support organisations considering working with dogs in health care settings and allied health environments. The RCN has developed a universal protocol setting out clear guidelines that all health care settings can follow when working with dogs in health care settings.

  • 13 May 2018

    Staffing for Safe and Effective Care

    Publication Code : 007025

    At Congress 2017, the membership of the RCN raised the alarm on the growing nursing workforce shortages across the UK, and their concern at the implications on patient safety. We have undertaken extensive engagement with members, RCN Boards, and nursing workforce experts, which we set out in this report. The outcome of this engagement is a set of RCN principles which provide high-level objectives which most meaningfully represent what we need to achieve on staffing for safe and effective care, though legislation, statutory instruments and guidance, and sufficient funding, in every country in the UK.

  • 13 May 2018

    RCN Council's Report to Members on Congress 2017

    Publication Code : 006585

    This report details the wide range of work, across all four countries of the UK, which has taken place as a result of the debates in Liverpool last year.

  • 11 May 2018

    RCN position statement: The role of school nurses in providing emergency contraception services in education settings

    Publication Code : 006358

    This position statement, which updates the RCN position statement published in 2006, and updated in 2012, aims to clarify the responsibilities of school nurses when they are providing emergency hormonal contraception (EC) to students in education settings (schools, colleges, pupil referral units or any educational institution where there are young people).

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