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  • 23 Mar 2017

    Women's Health Cards Part 1

    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.

  • 23 Mar 2017

    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. The role of a specialist in menopause was included in the 2015 NICE guidelines on managing menopause, however the detail of how this role might be implemented in practice was less clear and subsequently the British Menopause Society (BMS) produced a guide for all health care professionals. This booklet builds on the BMS agreed standards, focusing on the options for nurses who may choose a career pathway towards becoming a specialist practitioner in menopause. This publication is supported by a grant from Besins Healthcare (UK) Ltd and Sylk UK Ltd and endorsed by the British Menopause Society.

  • 14 Mar 2017

    Fair care for trans patients

    The RCN recognises that trans people frequently experience prejudice and discrimination. The nursing community can, through its professional actions and interests, work to eliminate this at both an individual and a societal level in partnership with a range of organisations, including those who represent the needs of trans people. This resource is designed to help you respond to the needs of patients and clients who identify as transgender. Initially created in response to an RCN Congress resolution, this guidance has been updated following further research from other organisations.

  • 9 Feb 2017

    The Needs of People with Learning Disabilities

    This booklet aims to highlight to all pre-registration nursing students what their programme of study should offer around the health needs of people with a learning disability, increasing the students’ competence, regardless of what setting they work in.

  • 4 Feb 2017

    Career and education framework for cancer nursing

    The RCN's Career and Education Framework for Cancer Nursing for UK nursing staff is the first to incorporate cancer-specific nursing outcomes. The Framework and outcomes are intended to be used as part of professional, education and workforce development to support improvements in the delivery of high-quality care to people affected by cancer.

  • 1 Feb 2017

    Supporting nursing staff caring for patients from places of detention

    There are an increasing number of people in criminal justice settings who have multiple and complex health care needs. From time to time these people require attention in NHS settings outside prison/police custody. This guidance is aimed at nursing staff working in NHS settings and gives further support and advice to provide optimum care to this group of patients.

  • 20 Jan 2017

    Integrating health and social care across the UK: toolkit for nursing leaders

    New RCN UK-wide toolkit for members working in strategic decision-making roles or involved in forums around integrated care. The toolkit has a series of themed prompt questions for reflection and action. It will support members to provide confident nursing leadership to shape, deliver and monitor safe, quality and local integrated services.

  • 20 Jan 2017

    A competency framework for nurses working in Parkinson’s disease management

    This revised competency framework describes professional criteria in the form of competencies required by experienced nurses when caring for a person with Parkinson’sand atypical Parkinsonian syndromes. Support for this publication was provided by Parkinson’s UK and Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist Association (PDNSA)

  • 10 Jan 2017

    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.

  • 21 Dec 2016

    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. It covers the law on assisted suicide in the UK, as well as the law on advance decisions.