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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.

Free Practice Based Learning workshops

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is introducing new standards for education and training. This sets out the skills and knowledge that the next generation of nurses will need to deliver safe care. We want to ensure that all nursing staff understand the new standards, changes to practice-based learning and what is expected of them.

You can find out more by attending one of our free workshops, taking place across the United Kingdom from January to March 2019.

To sign up, go to the Practice Based Learning page.

RCN highlights

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


RCN joins health bodies and unions to launch principles for continuing professional development

The principles, developed by the RCN in partnership with other professional bodies and unions, recognise that people working in health and social care settings operate in a changing, challenging and complex environment.


RCN calls for urgent extension of Article 50 to allow time for a People's Vote

Members voted at RCN Congress in May 2018 to lobby for a referendum on the final Brexit deal. The implications of Brexit for the health and care system are numerous. There are risks attached to leaving the European Union that may damage population health, as well as impact on members' ability to provide safe and effective patient care.

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.

Public Health England

Musculoskeletal health: applying All Our Health

Public Health England have released guidance for staff to enable them to promote the benefits of maintaining good musculoskeletal health.

King’s Fund

The NHS long-term plan: five things you need to know

The new NHS long-term plan includes a number of commitments that – if delivered – will improve the lives of many people. But some significant pieces of the jigsaw are still missing, and there should be no illusions about the scale of the challenge ahead.

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.


NHS pressures causing avoidable harm to 500 patients a year

The CQC have found that NHS pressures are causing avoidable harm to 500 patients a year, with unmanageable workloads exposing people to increased risks.


Up to 6,000 lives and £500m in costs could be saved by the NHS under reforms set out in the new NHS patient safety strategy

HSJ has been told. Aidan Fowler, the recently appointed national director for patient safety, said the thousands of lives would be saved through reforms to how NHS trusts consider and respond to known safety issues with national programmes to reduce preventable harms by as much as 50 per cent.

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.


UK hits milestone of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes in the NHS

Supported by the National Institute for Health Research, the 100,000 Genomes Project has reached its goal of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients.


New NICE guidance

NICE has published guidance on the management of acne, cerebral palsy in adults and renal and uretic stones.

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.

Patient's Association

Patients' views on making best use of GP premises

A Patient's Association report has highlighted the biggest problems highlighted by patients, including confidentiality, poor disabled access and dated waiting rooms.


What matters most: Healthwatch England annual report 2017–18

A Healthwatch report has called on services to listen to what matters most to people when it comes to their care.


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.

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Robotics in social care

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has reviewed evidence on the impact of robotics on the costs and quality of social care and its workforce.

Digital Health

Digitally enabled care to go ‘mainstream’ in the next decade

Commentary from Digital Health has highlighted that digitally-enabled care will go ‘mainstream’ across the NHS over the next decade.

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.

National Quality Board

Safe, sustainable and productive staffing: an improvement resource for the deployment of nursing associates in secondary care

A new improvement resource from the National Quality Board describes the principles for safe, sustainable and productive staffing.


Key changes to the standards for nurses

The NMC has produced an infographic which looks at the key changes to nursing standards of proficiency and education and training.

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Quality and Safety eBulletin

Latest issue: 24 January 2019

Previous eBulletin: 13 December 2018


Research conference

RCN International Nursing Research Conference

The over-arching theme of this year’s conference is impact. Call for abstracts is now live. We are accepting abstracts for concurrent, symposia, poster and Visual Presentation with Expert Review (ViPER).

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