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Unsustainable pressures

Resources to support RCN members dealing with unsustainable service pressures

The health and care system is under pressure to ensure services are delivered in a safe and timely manner, and the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified existing pressures on staffing and resources in all health and care settings.

However, pressures on health and care services are not limited to COVID-19 or the increased demands caused by winter infections.

This resource is designed to support RCN members both in delivering safe and effective care and with the difficult decisions they make every day. These decisions often relate to the type of care provided, how it is provided and who it is provided to, and can have wider implications on the delivery of health and social care services.

Safe staffing

Nursing Workforce Standards

The RCN's Nursing Workforce Standards are the first national blueprint for tackling the nursing staff shortage levels across the UK. They set the standard for excellent patient care and nursing support in all settings, and all UK countries.
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Key resources


Member support services

As an RCN member, you can get free, confidential help and advice on a range of issues that affect you at home and at work.

We're here for you

If you're an RCN member and need help with any aspect of your employment, you can access advice online or contact us direct. We're here to help - wherever you work.