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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.

CYP Toolkit

Getting it Right for Children and Young People

Ensuring that all of those caring for children and young people are able to meet their needs is essential. The GP, general practice nurse, and registered nurses in first contact services, ie, walk-in centres/out-of-hours provision may be the first point of contact for families around health care issues.

This toolkit will support nurses working outside of hospital settings in providing care to children and young people.

View the toolkit

RCN highlights

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


Nursing staff need a meaningful pay award

RCN Council has vowed to continue fighting for fair pay after Jeremy Hunt gives instructions to NHS pay review body.


Maria Trewern, née Nicholson, has been elected to lead the RCN's governing council from January

Maria takes up her new two year post from the beginning of January.

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.

NHS England

Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care

NHS England has taken action to reduce inappropriate prescribing of 18 medicines which will improve health and save millions of pounds a year. It will consult further on plans to restrict access to drugs that can be bought over the counter for minor, short-term conditions

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Logic model for integrated care

The logic model for integrated care describes what good looks like, providing a visual depiction of how a fully integrated health and care system might be structured and function, and the outcomes and benefits it should deliver for those who use services and their carers.

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 Improvement

Emergency flow improvement tool

NHS Improvement has developed an Emergency Department patient safety checklist. This tool will help to maintain patient safety and reduce overcrowding in emergency departments this winter.

Care Quality Commission

Substance misuse services

This briefing looks at the safety of clinics offering residential services for people withdrawing from drugs or alcohol. It presents the concerns identified during inspections and also gives an example of good practice and a number of actions and recommendations.

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.


Management of diabetes (SIGN 116)

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network has updated their guidance on lifestyle interventions for type 1 & 2 diabetes.

National Institute for Health Research

Older people living with frailty in hospitals

A review from the National Institute for Health Research has looked at four key aspects of caring for older people living with frailty in hospital.

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.

Macmillan Cancer Support

The final injustice

A report from Macmillan Cancer Support, The final injustice, has painted a vivid picture of the experiences of people dying of cancer.

Education Policy Institute

Online mental health support for young people

The Education Policy Institute has published a report which provides insight into the efficacy of online counselling for children and young people.


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 Digital Academy

NHS Digital Academy opens for applications

The NHS Digital Academy has opened its doors for applications for selection into its first cohort of 100 students.

National Data Guardian

Sharing data in line with patients' reasonable expectations

The National Data Guardian has been looking at the circumstances under which health and care data may be shared.

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.

Scottish Government

Everyone Matters: 2020 Workforce Vision Implementation Plan 2018-20

The Scottish Government has published a new workforce strategy for NHS Scotland, Everyone matters.

Health Service Journal

Nursing vacancies top 36,000, official analysis reveals

The Health Service Journal has revealed there are at least 36,000 vacancies for registered nurses in the English NHS.

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Issue 81, 21 December 2017



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