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News and updates from the RCN

Highlights of the latest RCN publications, policies, events and consultations relating to quality and safety.

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

RCN Highlights


Extraordinary General Meeting to be held in September

The RCN has commissioned an external review following confusion about the NHS pay deal for England. The findings will inform an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in September.


Care home resource launches

The RCN has created an online resource to support nursing staff working in care homes..Care Home Journey provides members with the opportunity to follow a number of resident journeys through pre-admission to end of life at a fictional care home, Red Cedars Care Village.


RCN welcomes move to legalise medicinal cannabis products

The RCN has welcomed news that cannabis will be decriminalised for medicinal use. Medicinal cannabis products that meet safety and quality standards will be made legal and available on prescription for patients with exceptional clinical need. Other forms of cannabis will remain illegal.


Anonymous Registration on the Electoral Register in the UK

The RCN supports the need for all individuals to be able to contribute to society, and this includes an individual’s right and access to register to vote. This guidance is aimed at nurses and midwives, who may be supporting victims of domestic abuse or related safeguarding issues, to register to vote anonymously in elections.


Caring for Infants, Children and Young People requiring Palliative Care

This document is a revision of the first RCN competence framework produced for nurses and health care support workers in the UK involved in the care of infants, children and young people requiring palliative care. This newly revised competence framework builds on a number of best practice guidance documents and resources.


Guidance to RCN Complaints

This publication explains the RCN complaints procedure, including how to complain, who can complain and the processes and timescales involved. Anyone who has received a service from us, or been affected by an action or decision that we have made can contact us with a complaint.


RCN announces new Chair of Congress

BJ is the Associate Director of Operations at Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals and has more than 40 years’ experience as a nurse. She has been Vice Chair of RCN Congress since 2014. She has also sat on the RCN Congress Agenda Committee and was Chair of the RCN Dorset branch for 10 years.


Warnings about falling nurse numbers have been ignored

The RCN has reacted angrily to the Government’s response to the Health and Social Care Select Committee report on the nursing workforce inquiry in England. In response to the inquiry, the Government failed to commit to increase funding for continuing professional development and argued that the removal of the nursing student bursary has created a sustainable long-term model for universities and the health care workforce supply.


RCN warns about workplace conditions in heatwave

Hydration for staff and patients is vital, as people pass out in overheated hospitals. The RCN says dehydration in overheated hospitals is a health risk and can lead to serious conditions, including urinary tract infections and acute kidney injury.


New law to protect nursing staff from assaults is given the go-ahead

Thanks to campaigning by RCN members, the law in England and Wales will be strengthened to protect health care staff from assaults. Nursing staff often face violence and aggressive behaviour in the workplace and the RCN has been calling for legislation to help tackle this.


RCN Magazines

The Latest update include: Care home resource launches; Nurses welcome move to legalise medicinal cannabis products; New law to protect nursing staff from assaults is given the go-ahead; RCN warns about workplace conditions in heatwave and the RCN announces new Chair of Congress.


RCN Blogs

View the latest Blogs which cover: an update on the NHS pay deal; dealing with death; five ways to boost your career; nursing through the heatwave;



RCN School Nurses Conference & Exhibition 2018

22 August 2018, Registration 8.45am, conference 9.45am – 4.15pm, Amba Hotel, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7EH. Are you a school nurse that feels isolated in your profession? Could you benefit from the opportunity to network with professionals in your field? No matter what your level of experience, if you are a school nurses or an aspiring school nurses working within a school or educational setting, you are invited to join us for this day of learning and professional development. support, immunisation, asthma management and managing weight loss in obese children. Secure your place today.


Advanced Nurse Practitioner Conference

10 Sep 2018 09:15 - 15:25, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. This year’s conference explores the diversity of ANP practice across the UK. Attend this conference to: increase your professional self-awareness; understand further career pathways; strengthen networks with like-minded practitioners; update on credentialing and advanced practice education and share specialist expert research, knowledge and practice.


24th International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference 2018

13 Sep 2018 10:00 - 14 Sep 18:00 Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP. The International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference 2018 continues its vision for transformed mental health care in support of stronger policy, systems and shared purpose. We look forward to welcoming clinicians, educators, scientists, researchers and service-users to Manchester to advance our understanding and knowledge and promote our continued inquiry, collaboration and partnership.


Open House London

22 Sep 2018 10:00 - 16:30 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN. Take a free guided tour round our historic building on Open House London weekend. Join a special tour of the RCN headquarters in the heart of London. Gifted to the College in the 1920s, our HQ is a clever mix of architectural styles and periods. It incorporates a late 1720s house once belonging to Herbert Asquith, with a glorious painted staircase and a purpose-built 1920s College of Nursing. Come and explore this hidden gem for yourself. No need to book. Just turn up on the day and join a group for a guided tour.


Flight Nursing Workshop 2018

06 Oct 2018 09:00 - 16:30 Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. Join us for this workshop as we chart and explore this year’s theme “Complex care in the air”. This one-day workshop is essential for all nurses and health care professionals working in or intending to pursue a career within the field of flight nursing, patient repatriation and retrieval. The workshop is open to RCN members and non-members.


Seeing is Believing IV: Focusing on the future - RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Forum Conference and Exhibition 2018

3 November 2018 Registration 8.45am, conference 9.10am – 4.30pm RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. Join us for this insightful day of learning packed full of updates from leading experts exploring advances and best practice in ocular health care. The broad programme covers a number of topics including artificial intelligence, minimising errors in cataract surgery, current / future service planning models including community eye care models and much more. This day is suitable for all nurses and allied health care professionals involved in advising, treating and caring for those with ocular health needs.


Key issues in Occupational Health. RCN and SOM Occupational Health Nursing Conference and Exhibition 2018

30 November 2018, RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN, 10.00am to 4.30pm. Save the date for this leading occupational health conference. Back by popular demand: we are pleased to announce the Royal College of Nursing and the Society of Occupational Medicine will be jointly hosting this one day conference. Open to RCN members, SOM members and non-members alike, this conference is designed to support all health professionals working in or with an interest in occupational health.

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