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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.

First World War nursing stories

Service scrapbooks: Nursing, storytelling and the First World War

Service Scrapbooks: Nursing and Storytelling in the First World War focuses on the First World War stories of nine nurses and one VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment).

Each one of them left behind a scrapbook detailing their experiences in the Great War.

With Heritage Lottery Funding, the Royal College of Nursing has been able to digitise these documents and research the remarkable women who made them, tracing their wartime stories.

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RCN highlights

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


Innovations in nursing

Find out about how we are supporting innovations in nursing, and read case studies on innovations in practice.


Nursing Now campaign

We are supporting the Nursing Now campaign which aims to raise the profile and status of nursing and attract more people to the profession.

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.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Improving physical healthcare for people living with severe mental illness

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership has commissioned an initiative to improve care and outcomes for patients with asthma and COPD.

Diabetes UK

Improving care for people with diabetes and a learning disability

Diabetes UK has produced tools to improve the care of people with diabetes and a learning disability.

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.

Department of Health and Social Care

Medication errors

This Department of Health and Social Care report provides recommendations for a programme of work to tackle medication error and improve medicine safety.

TinyLife & Bliss

The baby report Northern Ireland

This report has highlighted a shortage of neonatal nurses and doctors in Northern Ireland, meaning units are not able to ensure the best safety standards.

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 migraine

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network has provided recommendations on the management of adults with acute migraine.


Discussing prostate cancer out in the open

A National Institute for Health and Care Excellence podcast has discussed some of the issues men face when coming to terms with prostate cancer.

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.

BMJ Quality and Safety

Patient participation in inpatient ward rounds on acute inpatient medical wards

A BMJ Quality and Safety study has demonstrated the need to better understand clinician roles in supporting strategies that promote patient participation in day-to-day hospital care.

King's Fund

Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2017

A King's Fund report has shown that public satisfaction with the NHS overall has dropped sharply in the past year


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.

NHS England

Empower the patient

NHS England has released a new digital roadmap that sets out its national objectives and timelines for the deployment of key national patient digital services and platforms.

Free wi-fi to be available at 33 more acute and mental health trusts

Commentary from has highlighted that 33 acute and mental health trusts will deploy free NHS WiFi throughout their sites by March.

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.

Department of Health NI

Standards for Nursing Assistants and associated resources

Northern Ireland's Department of Health has launched a new district nursing framework 2018 to 2026, 24 hour district nursing care no matter where you live.

NHS England

England’s top nurse announces major new recruitment and retention campaign

NHS England's Chief Nursing Officer, Professor Jane Cummings, has announced a new recruitment and retention campaign as part of plans to mark the NHS's 70th year.

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Quality and Safety eBulletin

Issue 86, 15 March 2018


Pandemic exhibition

Pandemic! Launch of the RCN infection control exhibition

Join us for the launch of our new exhibition, Pandemic!, exploring infection control nursing in outbreaks from the First World War flu pandemic to Ebola. Speakers include Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, Dr Mark Honigsbaum, historian of medicine and infectious diseases and Rose Gallagher, RCN Professional Lead for Infection Prevention & Control.

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