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Quality and Safety Bulletin

All the latest in quality and safety with the RCN's Quality and Safety Bulletin. 

If you'd like to keep up to date with all the latest in quality and safety, you can subscribe to the Quality and Safety Bulletin. The Bulletin highlights the professional work of the RCN and features all the latest news on the following: quality improvement, patient safety, evidence-based practice, patient and staff-focused care and eHealth.

Every nurse an e-nurse

The digital future of nursing

The RCN publishes the findings of the consultation on the digital future of nursing.

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RCN highlights

The latest news from the RCN on professional issues including publications, policy briefings, events and NICE consultations.


Nursing staff urged to take care of their hands

The RCN has urged nursing staff, during Glove Awareness Week, to take care of their hands to help prevent contact dermatitis and the spread of infection.


Rights of EU nurses need to be confirmed urgently

The RCN is urging the Government to give nursing staff more clarity on their rights to work in the UK after Brexit following the release of new figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Quality improvement

Learn more about developments in quality improvement through content giving practice examples, describing tools, learning through innovation and case studies, commentary and statistics.

Terrence Higgins Trust

Invisible no longer: women and HIV

A report from the Terrence Higgins Trust has outlined the findings of a study which has explored the needs and experiences of women affected by HIV.

Care Quality Commission

The state of care in independent acute hospitals

The Care Quality Commission has found that the majority of independent hospitals in England are providing high-quality care for their patients, but it also shows variation in quality and clear scope for improvement.

Patient safety

Follow this theme to discover what patient safety means as a practice. We share learning from practitioners, and researchers and findings from the developing field of human factors in healthcare.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Guide to Improving Patient Safety in Primary Care Settings by Engaging Patients and Families

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has produced guidance for improving patient safety in primary care settings by engaging patients and families. Research shows that when patients are engaged in their healthcare, it can lead to measurable improvements in safety and quality.

BMJ Quality and Safety

Errors and discrepancies in the administration of intravenous infusions

A BMJ Quality and Safety research paper has highlighted that discrepancies are relatively common in everyday infusion administrations but most have low potential for patient harm.

Evidence based practice

This theme explores what it means to practise in line with best available evidence. It highlights evidence based practice guidelines, research and other tools and updates on evidence based techniques and processes from across the UK. International content from credible resources is also included.


Pharmacological management of adults with acute migraine

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network has produced guidance providing recommendations on the pharmacological management of adults with acute migraine.

Journal of Nursing Research

Enough nurses?

A collection of published papers in the Journal of Nursing Research, edited by Jane Ball, give a taste of the constellation of issues that contribute to having 'enough nurses'.

Patient focus

Patient focus looks at the issues that relate to partnership working and shared decision making. It covers people’s human rights including the right to privacy and confidentiality.

Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman

Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman (PHSO) annual scrutiny 2016–17

A report from the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman has argued that the government needs to take action to improve the NHS complaints system.

Academy of Medical Sciences

Multimorbidity: a priority for global health research

The Academy of Medical Sciences has highlighted an alarming lack of information about how best to care for patients with two or more long-term health conditions.


eHealth covers the ways technologies can act as key enablers in delivering healthcare in today’s society. It’s much more than any one type of technology or device. We are seeing the appearance of new operational models supported by technology.


The promise of healthtech: how digital innovators are transforming the NHS

A report from Public has suggested that technological innovation is one way in which the NHS can sustainably relieve the demographic and financial pressure it faces.

Life Sciences Hub Wales

A new digital health ecosystem for health and care across Wales

A collaboration between Life Sciences Hub Wales and NHS Wales Informatics Services has launched a new digital health ecosystem for health and care across Wales.

Staff focus

This theme highlights health and morale of the workforce. A positive working environment benefits staff and patients. Creating the best possible working conditions for nursing staff enables them to deliver the highest standards of patient care.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Nursing associates: consultation on the regulation of a new profession

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has launched a consultation looking at the regulation of the new nursing associate role. The consultation closes on 2 July 2018.

NHS Employers

Restructuring management to enhance engagement

The North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has shared how it has introduced a range of new initiatives to improve staff engagement levels.

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Quality and Safety eBulletin

Issue 89, 10 May 2018


In flight nursing

RCN Flight Nursing Workshop 2018

This one-day workshop is essential for all nurses and health care professionals working in or intending to pursue a career within the field of flight nursing, patient repatriation and retrieval. The workshop is open to RCN members and non-members.

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