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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.

Parity of Esteem

Parity of esteem

Following a debate at RCN Congress 2017, the Royal College of Nursing has committed to ensuring people with complex mental health problems receive the same care and achieve the same outcomes as those with physical injuries and illnesses. The RCN aims to be a leader on equity in health and nursing practice – engaging in innovative, new and bold ideas about how its members can deliver effective and holistic services.

See: Parity of esteem

We invited nursing staff working in mental health settings to tell us their views on parity of esteem and mental health equality. This report details our findings, which will inform and shape our work over the coming year.

Read the report: Parity of esteem - Report of the spring 2018 RCN survey of mental health professionals

RCN highlights

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


New law to protect nursing staff from assaults is passed

Thanks to campaigning by RCN members, the law in England and Wales has been strengthened to protect health care staff from assaults.


RCN Scotland launches safe nurse staffing campaign

RCN Scotland has launched a public campaign asking for more for nursing so that patients receive safe, high quality care.

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.

Age UK

The failing safety net

A new report commissioned by Age UK has highlighted the different approaches to long-term care across a group of countries in the developed world.

World Health Organization

Suicide prevention: toolkit for engaging communities

The World Health Organization has published a suicide prevention toolkit for engaging communities.

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.

Care Quality Commission

Sexual safety on mental health wards

The Care Quality Commission has carried out a review of reports on patient safety incidents that staff had submitted through the NHS National Reporting and Learning System.


Hospital staff in key areas who refuse flu jab may be redeployed

The Guardian has highlighted that hospital staff in key areas of NHS care who refuse to have the flu jab will be moved to other units this winter in order to protect patients’ safety.

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.

Nuffield Trust

Mental health and well-being trends among children and young people in the UK, 1995–2014

The Nuffield Trust has published research that analyses mental health and well-being trends among children and young people in the UK from 1995 to 2014.

Nuffield Trust

Caring for acute medical patients in smaller hospitals

NICE has published quality standards for emergency and acute medical care in over 16s.

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.


NHS treatments in England fall by 84,000 as waiting list grows

The number of consultant-led NHS treatments in England fell by more than 84,000 in the first seven months of 2018 compared with last year.

NHS England

NHS England launches campaign urging patients to ‘check before you tick’ for free prescriptions

NHS England has launched a ‘check before you tick’ campaign urging patients to check whether they are entitled to free prescriptions before claiming them.


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.


Plan to put millions of patient records on the Amazon cloud

NHS Business Services Authority is to set up a new national cloud-based repository by digitising old GP records and uploading them to Amazon Web Services.

National Health Executive

Matt Hancock sets up multiskilled HealthTech Advisory Board chaired by Ben Goldacre

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has announced the creation of a new HealthTech Advisory Board to be chaired by Dr Ben Goldacre.

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.


Graduate management trainees to work in urgent and emergency care

NHS graduate management trainees will be placed in urgent and emergency care systems for the first time as part of a new pilot

Digital Health

Hancock launches platform to give NHS staff a voice

Matt Hancock has launched a new digital platform which aims to give those working in health and care influence over national policy.

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Older peoples conference

Living well in older age: preventative and anticipatory care

This year’s RCN Older People’s Forum and BGS Joint Conference focuses on the preventative and anticipatory actions we can take both individually and as a society in order to live well in older age. The theme of this year’s conference embraces a wide range of conference possibilities relating to older people’s care. 

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