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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.

RCN employment survey 2017

RCN Employment Survey 2017

Findings from the RCN Employment Survey 2017 reveal a picture of a nursing workforce under severe pressure, which has, in many respects, got worse in recent years. Now, more than ever, it is evident that nursing staff feel over-worked, underpaid and often have to grapple with short-staffing, abuse and low morale in their workplace. This is taking a personal toll on a number of staff, with many experiencing poor health and financial struggles. It is also taking a toll on patient care; most staff do not feel able to provide the level of care that they would like and many are either looking to leave their current job or leave the profession altogether.  

This report presents the findings from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Employment Survey 2017, conducted by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES).

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RCN highlights

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


NHS recruitment campaign to tackle staffing shortages

The RCN has welcomed the launch of the biggest national NHS recruitment drive, ‘Web are the NHS’, in its 70 year history.


Prison guidance to protect nursing staff from spice

Following pressure from the RCN, the prison service will review guidance to better protect nursing staff from exposure to psychoactive substances.

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.

Department of Health and Social Care

Childhood obesity: a plan for action, chapter 2

The Department of Health and Social Care has outlined its goals for halving childhood obesity by 2030.

Welsh Government

A Healthier Wales: Our Plan for Health and Social Care

A Welsh Government report has set out its vision of how the NHS and social care can be sustainable when demand for its services has never been higher.

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

Learning from patient safety incidents

The Care Quality Commission has published ‘Learning from patient safety incidents’. Each of these describe a critical issue - what happened, what CQC and the provider have done about it, and the steps you can take to avoid it happening in your service.

BMJ Quality and Safety

Speaking up about patient safety concerns

Speaking up is important for patient safety, but health care professionals often hesitate to voice their concerns. Research from the BMJ Quality and Safety has looked at the influence of safety management approaches and climate on nurses’ willingness to speak up.

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.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers

INCE has produced guidance for the assessment, management and support for people living with dementia.

NIHR Signal

Yoga-based exercise can improve well-being for older people

An NIHR Signal has highlighted that yoga-based exercise offers a safe and accessible way to improve quality of life and mental well-being for people over 60.

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.

King's Fund

The NHS at 70: are we expecting too much from the NHS

As the NHS reaches its 70th birthday, the King’s Fund has been exploring how the public views its relationship with the NHS.

Cancer Research UK

Advancing care, advancing years: improving cancer treatment and care for an ageing population

Cancer Research UK has called on cancer services to act now, to make sure they are prepared for the rising numbers of older patients with complex needs.


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.

Health Education England

The Topol review. Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future

Health Education England’s Topol Review provides suggestions on preparing the health care workforce to deliver the digital future.

King's Fund

Digital change in health and social care

The King’s Fund has published a report on the use of digital technology in health and social care. The report shares practical learning from a series of case studies where digital change is happening.

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.

Health Foundation

Staff engagement the Leeds Way

A case study from the Health Foundation has discussed how building a sense of community has been at the core of the trust’s strategy to ensure people are happy and engaged at work


Nearly 150,000 Scottish NHS staff offered minimum 9% pay rise

A commentary from the Guardian has highlighted that Scottish nurses, midwives and paramedics will receive a minimum pay rise of 9% over the next three years.

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Education conference 2019

Leadership in nursing education: facing challenges, creating opportunities

Are you involved in educating and developing the nursing workforce? Do you have a contemporary project, initiative or research to share? If so, the RCN welcomes abstracts for this leading national conference focused on advancing all aspects of the practice of nursing education. Submissions now open and will close at midnight on Sunday 16th  September. 

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