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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.

New Women's Health pocket guide

A new handy pocket guide for women's health has been published. Part three covers multiple women's health topics including fertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pelvic organ prolapse and gestational trophoblastic disease.

View the pocket guide.

RCN highlights

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


More staff needed to meet proposed new NHS targets

The RCN has responded to news that changes to clinical standards will be tested in England, stating that more staff are needed to meet the more stringent targets.


Spring statement: Government misses opportunity to address nursing workforce crisis

The RCN has criticised the lack of any new money for nursing higher education in the Government’s spring statement, despite a fall in applicants in England.

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.

Neurological Alliance

Neuro numbers 2019

The Neurological Alliance have released a new report showing that the number of neurological cases has now reached at least 14.7 million in England.

Royal College of Midwives

New guidance launched to help homeless pregnant women

The Royal College of Midwives has released new guidance for midwives and maternity support workers supporting homeless pregnant women.

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.

BBC News

Cancer waiting times breached for 1,000 days in England

The NHS in England has now missed its flagship cancer target for more than 1,000 days with one in four patients facing delays getting treatment.


Hospitals could face financial penalties if they fail to meet new guidelines for detecting and treating sepsis

Following new NHS guidance, hospitals could face financial penalties if they fail to meet new guidelines for detecting and treating sepsis.

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.


Thousands set to benefit from blood pressure treatment under new guidance from NICE

NICE has published its draft updated guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) for public consultation.


Antimicrobial stewardship programmes reduce antibiotic use in long-term care homes

Research from the National Institute for Health Research has shown that antimicrobial stewardship programmes reduce antibiotic use in long-term care homes.

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

Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2018

The King’s Fund has published results from the British Social Attitudes survey which shows public satisfaction with the NHS overall continued to fall in 2018.


Improving young people’s experiences in transition to and from inpatient mental health settings

The Social Care Institute for Excellence has produced guidance to help improve young people’s experiences in transition to and from inpatient mental health settings.


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.

Now Healthcare Group

The impact of telehealth and telepharmacy technology on public health service pressure and patient outcomes

Now Healthcare Group has produced a report quantifying the impact of telehealth and telepharmacy technology on patient outcomes.


Evidence standards framework for digital health technologies

NICE has worked with partners to develop standards that ensure new technologies are clinically effective and offer economic value.

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 & NHS Improvement

New Chief People Officer to help build the NHS workforce of the future

NHS England and NHS Improvement have appointed a new Chief People Officer to help build the NHS workforce of the future.

BBC News

Assaults on north Wales NHS mental health staff halve

BBC News has highlighted that attacks by mental health patients on NHS staff at Wales' largest health board have halved in five years.

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Latest issue: 21 March 2019

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RCN Looked after children’s nurses conference

Are you a nurse working with looked after children (LAC) feeling isolated in your profession? As well as being able to network and find out the latest health news in this field, this event will provide you with an opportunity to discuss professional issues affecting LAC Nurses and teams across the UK.

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