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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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Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV: Information for RCN members

In late December 2019 a new (novel) coronavirus was identified in China causing severe respiratory disease including pneumonia. It has been named Novel Coronavirus and is referred to as 2019-nCoV. It originated in Wuhan Hubei Province China; the source of the infection has been linked to a seafood market in Wuhan.

This page provides RCN members with the information and resources to support their understanding of and management of the novel coronavirus, now known as 2019-nCoV, and its associated infection ‘2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease’.

See: Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

RCN highlights

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


RCN takes safe staffing call to heart of government

Nursing staff arrived at 10 Downing Street to hand in petitions with over 220,000 signatures calling for urgent action to fix the nursing workforce crisis in England. The petitions are part of the RCN’s safe staffing campaign for legislation to guarantee nurse staffing levels in England.


Nursing applications still 25% lower than bursary-era figures, while workforce crisis continues

The RCN has reiterated its calls for urgent investment in the upcoming budget to build the nursing workforce. Despite a small increase on last year, the number of people applying for nursing degrees is still 25% lower than in 2016.

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.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Proposal for a Medical Devices Registry

A report was produced following a think tank debate in Summer 2019 attended by patient representatives, royal colleges, major healthcare organisations and agencies, regulators, and representatives of the English, Welsh and Scottish governments. The report makes 33 recommendations in support of the development and implementation of a national implantable medical devices registry.

Nuffield Trust

QualityWatch: Quality and inequality

This analysis finds people living in the most deprived areas of England experience a worse quality of NHS care and poorer health outcomes than people living in the least deprived areas. These include spending longer in A&E and having a worse experience of making a GP appointment.

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.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

E-cigarette use or vaping: reporting suspected adverse reactions, including lung injury

This alert provides UK case definitions of e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury to facilitate identification, advising a high index of suspicion in patients presenting with respiratory symptoms where there is a history of e-cigarette use or vaping in the past 30 days.

Public Health England

Coronavirus: latest information and advice

Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

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.

UK Lung Cancer Coalition

Early diagnosis matters: making the case for the early and rapid diagnosis of lung cancer

The UK Lung Cancer Coalition has developed ten key recommendations for diagnosing lung cancer earlier in order to increase lung cancer survival. It also includes examples of best practice.

NIHR Signal

Uptake of shingles vaccination is more likely if proactively offered in primary care

An NIHR Signal survey has found that the uptake of the shingles vaccination is more likely if proactively offered in primary care.

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.

Care Quality Commission

2019 maternity survey

A Care Quality Commission survey has highlighted that the majority of women who gave birth in February last year had confidence and trust in staff, but for some, care continues to fall short.


What people want from the next ten years of the NHS

A Healthwatch survey has engaged with people across the country to find out what they want from the next ten years of the NHS.


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.

NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre

AI 'outperforms' doctors diagnosing breast cancer

A collaborative research study from the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre has shown that AI 'outperforms' doctors diagnosing breast cancer.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Technology use and the mental health of children and young people

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK has released a report which explores the use of technology among children and young people.

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.


Living in the red

A new RCN report, Living in the red, has investigated how London’s cost of living impacts on nursing staff working in the capital.

Royal College of General Practitioners

New LGBT e-learning suite for family doctors

The Royal College of General Practitioners has developed a new e-learning suite to deal with the health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) patients.

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Perioperative Nursing Conference and Exhibition

The aim of this event is to highlight the progressive and collaborative nature of perioperative care practice. In 2020, the international year of the nurse and midwife, we will be embodying education as the theme for the conference, we will highlight the existing challenges that the current workforce experiences and promote learning opportunities across the spectrum of perioperative care professionals.

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