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"We are living through a technological revolution and digitalisation is developing at an incredible speed. It will continue to impact on many aspects of our lives and has the potential to transform the art and science of healthcare creating many opportunities for the population and those who care for them. It will stimulate innovation and enable us to work in very different ways."
The latest news from the RCN on professional issues including publications, policy briefings, events and NICE consultations.
Launched at an event to coincide with the start of Men’s Health Week, a new project aims to harness nursing expertise to help men with cancer to stay in or return to work after treatment.
In light of recent terrorist incidents, the RCN has issued latest guidance for nurses and midwives on responding to unexpected incidents or emergencies.
Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership
A brand new HQIP guide outlining how clinical audit can be used by commissioners to assure both quality and drive continuous improvement in patient care.
This paper outlines the need for new approaches to designing and evaluating population-level interventions to improve health.
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.
BMC Health Services Research
Early identification of patients at who have a higher risk for the occurrence of harm can provide patient safety improvement opportunities.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
New study raises concerns that electronically prepopulated medication reconciliation forms may actually adversely impact medicatin safety.
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.
International Journal for Quality in Health Care
The aim of the study was to establish evidence through the literature on the cost of Preventable Adverse Events (PAVs) to member states of the Joint Action European Union Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care.
This quality standard covers oral health, including dental health and daily mouth care, for adults in care homes (with and without nursing provision). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.
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.
British Journal of General Practice
Patients who are experiencing symptoms that could be due to cancer are willing to wait an extra three and a half weeks for an appointment with a doctor with good listening skills, and an extra week for an appointment with a GP of their choice.
British Medical Journal
This study examines patient reports of safety incidents and factors associated with reports of safety incidents in older patients with long-term conditions.
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.
Being able to seek advice on patient care is invaluable but I worry about how to keep sensitive information confidential.
Journal of Medical Internet Research
The aim of this study was to ascertain attitudes on the ethical considerations of using social media as a data source for research as expressed by social media users and researchers.
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.
There has been a sharp drop in nurses registering to work in the UK since the EU referendum, figures suggest.
Nursing and Midwifery Council
A new education consultation has been launched giving patients, the public and healthcare professionals the opportunity to shape the future of nursing.
The NMC is consulting on changes to the framework and educational standards for pre-registration nurses. The consultation will shape the future of nurse training across the UK. Your feedback will shape the RCN’s response to the consultation.Book now