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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.


Introduction to leadership programme launched

RCN Leadership is a suite of bespoke programmes, giving you the confidence to lead positive and effective change within your organisation. A programme spefically aimed at bands 2-4 (health care support staff) has been now been launched.

See: Introduction to leadership programme 

RCN highlights

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


The student money guide

This Guide provides comprehensive advice for nursing and midwifery students on funding, benefits and housing as well as tips on saving money and budgeting.


Proposed changes at BMI Healthcare

BMI Healthcare has confirmed the implementation of its 'Standard Structures' project for Nursing throughout August 2017. The RCN would like to hear from affected members about the proposed changes.

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.

Health Foundation

21 teams selected to put innovative ideas in to practice

The Health Foundation has selected 21 new projects to be part of the sixth round of its £1.5 million innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement.

British Medical Journal

Nursing home Facebook reviews: who has them and how do they relate to other measures of quality and experience?

This article aims to examine the relationship between Facebook user-generated NH ratings and other measures of NH satisfaction/experience and quality.

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.

Point of Care Foundation

Patient safety Learning

Patient Safety Learning will work with specialists in the field of safety to develop systems for sharing safety information and lessons across health and social care.


NHS 'never events' at near record levels

Patients falling out of windows and equipment being left inside wounds after surgery were some of a near record number of 'never events' recorded by the NHS last year.

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.

Public Health England

Shortage of adult Hepatitis B vaccine

Following a global shortage of hepatitis B vaccine, Public Health England has developed recommendations to ensure that stock is available for those individuals at highest and most immediate risk of exposure.


Is late-life dependency increasing or not?

A study in the Lancet has examined how dependency levels in older people have changed over generations to estimate how future demand for social care may change.

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.

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Older patients’ families struggle to complain about poor hospital care

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has highlighted that older patients’ families often find it difficult to complain about poor hospital care.

Bringing us together

A Family Survival Guide – Care and Treatment Reviews

Bringing us together has produced a family survival guide to support parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities. The latest guide covers care and treatment reviews (CTRs).


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

NHS Digital launches e-nursing week campaign

NHS Digital has endorsed the RCN’s Every nurse and e-nurse national campaign to encourage digital training for nurses at the launch of its inaugural e-nursing week.

Unlawfully accessing patient records is an offence

The Information Commissioner’s Office has reminded NHS staff about the potentially serious consequences of prying into patients’ medical records without a valid reason.

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.

NHS England

New scheme launched to help NHS whistleblowers

NHS England has launched a nationwide pilot scheme to help NHS whistleblowers back into work has been launched, offering career coaching, financial advice and mediation.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Responding to unexpected incidents or emergencies

Following recent terrorist incidents, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has provided information for nurses and midwives on responding to unexpected incidents or emergencies.

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Quality and Safety eBulletin 74

Issue 74, 31 August 2017



Older people's services: clinicians leading together.

RCN Older People's forum and BGS joint conference. Make your voice heard and share new solutions to older people's care whilst inspiring attendees to achieve personal excellence in the care of older people.

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