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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.

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Menopause and Mental Health pocket cards

The menopause is a key milestone in women’s lives. These cards have been developed to help nurses provide women with information on living well and how to positively manage the menopause.  

See: Menopause and Mental Health pocket cards

RCN highlights

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


Promoting Menstrual Wellbeing

Menstruation is both a physiological and psychological milestone in a woman’s life. This publication has been developed to help nurses break down the stigma that can be associated with what is a completely natural process.


We have published our manifestos for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Our expectations for a new UK Government, at a time of unprecedented uncertainty and inequality, are explicit. Our manifestos outline five areas where we expect action including nursing workforce shortages, investment in services and education, immigration and pay.

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

No age limit: the hidden face of domestic abuse

In this report, Age UK advocates legislation to change what is understood as domestic abuse and make it easier for people to recognise or report it, as well as to improve the resources available to help victims and survivors. This includes training for health care practitioners and better links between the NHS and police.

NHS England and NHS Improvement

Transforming imaging services in England: a national strategy for imaging networks

This strategy sets out a proposal for implementing collaborative imaging networks on a national basis across England. This approach will deliver better-quality care and better-value services for patients and provide hardworking NHS staff opportunities to develop their career and increase their productivity.

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.

General Pharmaceutical Council

Principles for good practice issued to protect patients online

Healthcare organisations have issued a set of principles to help protect patient safety and welfare when accessing potentially harmful medication online or over the phone.


Childhood pneumonia cases up 50% in 10 years, NHS data shows

Emergency hospital admissions for children with pneumonia have risen by more than 50% in England over the past decade, figures suggest, with admission rates highest in more deprived areas. The data suggests the current figure was equivalent to six children being taken to hospital every hour.

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.


Fever in under 5s: assessment and initial management

NICE has published guidance on the use of cannabis-based medicinal products and the management and assessment of fever in under 5’s.

World Health Organization

What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being?

An evidence reivew from the World Health Organization has concluded that engaging with the arts can be beneficial for mental and physical health.

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.


People living with dementia moving to care homes

Research from NIHR has highlighted that there is no universal ‘best time’ for people with dementia to move to a care home.

FoNS Centre for Innovation

Celebrate Me

A FoNS Centre of Innovation initiative, Celebrate Me, has captured the voices of learning disability nurses and the people who use the services.


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

Social media techniques boost cancer screening rates

NHS Digital has highlighted that new social media techniques have been successfully used to boost cancer screening rates.

Digital Health

How technology can transform end-of-life care

In a Digital Health commentary, Ian Bailey, a district nurse, has discussed how technology can transform end-of-life care.

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.

Genomics Education Programme

New competency framework for genomic testing

The Genomics Education Programme has developed a cross-professional competency framework for genomic testing.

NHS Employers

Mental health at work

NHS Employers has collaborated with the mental health charity Mind to promote good mental health in the NHS.

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Latest issue: 21 November 2019

Previous eBulletin: 7 November 2019


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RCN and NaTHNaC Travel Health Conference 2020

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