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.
The RCN has published new guidance for travel health services and sexual health care. The guidance will help FGM health professionals working in sexual health services and travel health. Both sets of guidance include a care pathway - a quick reference tool to help guide the development of local services.
The latest news from the RCN on professional issues including publications, policy briefings, events and NICE consultations.
The nursing associate is a new health care role introduced by the Department of Health in England. As the first trainee nursing associates join the workforce, we answer the key questions about this new support role.
RCN President Cecilia Anim has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's New Year's honours list 2017. The award was made in recognition of her work for the RCN over the last three decades and as a nurse specialist in the field of sexual health.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society
A report from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has argued that pharmacist led care of people with long term conditions could deliver better results and be more cost effective.
NHS England has published a new framework, A shared commitment to quality, which will provide a nationally agreed definition of quality and provide guidance for clinical and managerial leaders wanting to improve quality.
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.
Department of Health
The Department of Health has launched a nationwide sepsis awareness campaign to help parents and carers of young children recognise the symptoms of sepsis. The campaign includes a film featuring mother and campaigner Melissa Mead, who lost her baby son William to sepsis in December 2014.
Local Government Ombudsman
A report from the Local Government Ombudsman has outlined how adopting an integrated approach to investigating complaints about health and social care can lead to significant benefits. The report includes a range of case studies which illustrate the experiences of people who were affected by failure to deliver services.
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.
NHS National Institute for Health Research
An additional MRI scan during pregnancy could help to more accurately detect foetal abnormalities and give more certainty for parents whose 20-week ultrasound scan showed a potential problem, according to new research funded by the NIHR. The study involved 570 women whose mid-pregnancy ultrasound scan revealed a potential brain abnormality in the foetus. Within two weeks of their first scan they were given an extra scan using MRI, which increased accuracy of the diagnosis, meaning almost all (93 per cent) were correct.
Soft drinks made with artificial sweeteners, such as diet colas, do not help people lose weight and may be as big a part of the obesity problem as the full-sugar versions, academics have said. A paper by researchers at Imperial College London and two universities in Brazil contends that artificially sweetened beverages, often called diet drinks, are just as big a problem as those containing sugar. There is no evidence they help people lose weight, they say, possibly because people assume they can eat more because their drinks are low in sugar.
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.
An extra £10 million a year of new funding will help ensure the social care sector is strong and sustainable for the future, Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans has said.
Half a million people over the age of 60 usually spend each day alone, with no interaction with others, and nearly half a million more commonly do not see or speak to anyone for five or six days a week, a poll suggests. Age UK, which commissioned the research, said the results highlighted a growing number of chronically lonely older people, which was placing increasing demand on health services.
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.
People in North Wales who need treatment for an injury can now get up to the minute information on waiting times at the regions Minor Injuries Units and Emergency Departments. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has teamed up with the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust who have developed a smartphone app that lets people find out how many people are waiting at different and hospitals and the current waiting times for patients needing non-urgent treatment.
Journal of Medical Internet Research
The purpose of this study was to examine the social media use of potential kidney transplant patients and their willingness to use social media and their networks to advocate and educate about living kidney donation.
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.
NHS The Edge
The School for Health and Care Radicals is a free five week virtual learning programme for change activists in health and social care. The School is entirely online, free, backed by the world’s largest health organisation: the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), and is a platform for radicals to learn together, using powerful, guided learning which also qualifies for Continuing Professional Development points.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced that it has decided that the indemnity scheme used by some independent midwives who are members of the organisation Independent Midwives UK (IMUK) is inappropriate.
If you work in primary, secondary care or the private sector, this conference will have something for you. It covers a vast range of updates from PMS through to bleeding problems, women's cancers and menopause.The RCN Women's Health Forum Conference