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  • 20 May 2019

    Forums Review of the Year 2018

    Publication Code : 007 516

    The role of forums is vital in contributing to the professional voice of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). This publication covers forum membership and governance, and looks at forum communication channels and achievements during 2018. 

  • 20 May 2019

    Parity of Esteem – Delivering Physical Health Equality for those with Serious Mental Health Needs

    Publication Code : 007618

    This publication gives an overview of the work the RCN is doing to address the mortality gap between people with serious mental illness and the rest of the population as well as our work towards establishing parity of esteem between mental and physical health. 

  • 20 May 2019

    Time and Space. Enabling defusing activities leaflet

    Publication Code : 007477

    Making time for nursing teams to defuse after challenging or difficult situations can support their psychological wellbeing and enhance their self care and management. It can also help to sustain a workforce and reinforce teamwork while providing a perfect opportunity to share success and positive experiences. This leaflet, developed by the RCN Nursing in Justice and Forensic Health Care Forum, aims to provide tips and activities to help nurses facilitate and benefit from defusing sessions.  This leaflet has been sponsored by Liverpool Victoria.

  • 20 May 2019

    Staffing for Safe and Effective Care: RCN Member Campaigning in the UK

    Publication Code : 007 674

    The RCN is campaigning for laws ensuring safe and effective staffing in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, following a resolution passed by our members at RCN Congress 2016 after the successful introduction of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016.

  • 19 May 2019

    A Competence Framework for Orthopaedic and Trauma Practitioners

    Publication Code : 007 036

    The RCN recognises the importance and value of orthopaedic and trauma practitioners in clinical practice. These competencies have been revised to support these practitioners in a clear, consistent and evidence based format to reflect their specific, specialist knowledge and skills.

  • 17 May 2019

    Iron Deficiency and Anaemia in Adults

    Publication Code : 007 460

    Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) is a widespread problem affecting an estimated two billion people worldwide and is the most common cause of anaemia seen in primary care. This guidance has been developed by expert nurses from several specialties and is for the use of nurses, health care assistants (HCAs), midwives, and health visitors from all specialties and backgrounds.Pharmacosmos UK Ltd and Vifor Pharma UK Ltd have provided funding, medical and scientific advice.

  • 10 May 2019

    Sexual and reproductive health: education, training and career progression in nursing and midwifery

    Publication Code : 007 502

    Nurses and midwives who wish to work in sexual and reproductive health need further education and training to do so. It is a specialist area that requires post-registration education, training and development not covered on undergraduate programmes in enough depth. This publication has been developed alongside an online resource available at: and offers detail on the routes available to train in these areas and signposts nurses and midwives to valuable information. Produced with support from Health Education England.

  • 10 May 2019

    Council's Report to Members on Congress 2018

    Publication Code : 007 255

    This report details the breadth and scope of work carried out by RCN members and staff as a result of decisions made at Congress 2018 in Belfast.

  • 1 May 2019

    Health Care Support Workers Administering Inactivated Influenza, Shingles and Pneumococcal Vaccines for Adults and Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV) for Children

    Publication Code : 007 441

    The RCN recognises that nursing teams are key to the safe and effective administration of large numbers of vaccinations to those who need them. This guidance has been developed as a resource and framework for health care support workers who undertake vaccinations as part of their role.

  • 1 May 2019

    The Role of Nursing Associates in Vaccination and Immunisation

    Publication Code : 007 565

    The RCN recognises that nursing teams are key to the safe and effective administration of large numbers of vaccinations to those who need them. The overriding principle is: health care professionals involved in the prescribing or administration of vaccines must be suitably competent and have the knowledge as well as the skills to ensure patient safety, and public trust in immunisation is maintained. In some clinical areas, it is likely that NAs will be involved in the delivery of the national immunisation programme.   

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