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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.

HRH Prince of Wales

RCN Prince of Wales nursing cadet scheme

The RCN and HRH the Prince of Wales launched a new nursing cadet scheme, where young people will be given an introduction to potential careers in nursing and the NHS. The scheme will combine guided learning with clinical placements at local health care providers and will initially be open to 18 cadets aged 16 to 25. Once cadets have successfully completed the scheme, they will be offered a guaranteed interview for a health care support worker role in Wales. 

See: The RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme

RCN highlights

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


‘One in a million’ matron is crowned RCN Nurse of the Year

RCN member Tara Matare tackled short staffing, improved workplace culture and enhanced patient care at her ophthalmology unit.


New resources for nursing staff working in sexual health

The RCN has partnered with Health Education England to create a sexual health education directory.

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.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

New toolkit launched to support delivery of health services research

The NIHR has launched a new toolkit for researchers, to help them deliver the high quality health services research that the NHS needs.

Care Quality Commission

Effective staffing case studies

The case studies show different ways of organising services. They focus on the quality of care, patient safety, and efficiency, rather than just numbers and ratios of staff.

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.

International Council of Nurses

Safe nurse staffing critical to patient safety

White paper on nurse staffing levels for patient safety and workforce safety launched at ICN Congress.

World Health Organisation

Epilepsy: a public health imperative

This report highlights major gaps in awareness, diagnosis, treatment, and health policies related to epilepsy. Some 50 million people are affected worldwide, making epilepsy one of the most common and serious brain disorders. According to the report, about a quarter of epilepsy episodes are preventable.

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.

NIHR Signal

Using both nicotine patches and gum together improves the chances of quitting smoking

An NIHR-funded review has found that using both nicotine patches and gum together improves the chances of quitting smoking.


1 in 5 hospital patients have alcohol-related problems

An NHS patient review has found that 1 in 5 hospital patients have alcohol-related problems, such as alcohol dependence or intoxication.

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.


New approach needed to improve NHS care for trans patients, says RCGP

The Royal College of General Practitioners has called for a whole-system approach to improving NHS care for transgender patients.


NHS patients will be able to log anonymous complaints via smartphones under safety plans

New NHS safety plans will allow patients to log anonymous complaints via smartphones, via a centralised online portal.


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.

Digital Health

Queen Mary's Hospital successfully pilots digital triage system

Queen Mary's Hospital has successfully piloted a digital triage system that enables patients who enter the urgent care centre at the hospital to check themselves in.

Digital Health

Calls for BMA to oppose Hancock’s ‘ill-conceived’ ban on outdated tech

Regional medical councils have called for the BMA to oppose Matt Hancock’s blanket policies banning outdated tech, such as fax machines and pagers, until alternatives are found.

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.

Evening Standard

More nurses from EU leaving NHS than are joining, figures reveal

The number of European nurses leaving the NHS continues to outpace the number attracted from the Continent, NHS digital figures have revealed.


NHS consultants can refer patients to private hospitals in which they have a stake

Almost 400 NHS consultants own shares in private hospitals to which they refer patients, exposing them to a potential conflict between their income and patients’ best interests, the Guardian has found.

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Latest issue: 11 July 2019

Previous eBulletin: 27 June 2019


School Nurses conference and exhibition 2018

RCN School Nurses Conference & Exhibition 2019

The programme will include keynote sessions covering a broad range of contemporary topics alongside interactive workshop sessions, focusing on common issues you come across as a school nurse in practice, that allow you to tailor your conference experience to your learning needs.

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