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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


Number of NHS learning disability nurses plummets in last decade

New RCN analysis shows the number of learning disability (LD) nurses in NHS inpatient and secure units has dropped by almost 60% in 10 years.


Violence against prison staff 'almost routine'

The RCN has joined other unions calling for urgent action to stop violence against nursing staff and other workers in prisons. Violence against staff in prisons should be seen as exceptional, and always unacceptable.


RCN urges governments to commit to longer-term funding for nursing bursaries in Wales and greater investment in nurse education in England

RCN urges governments to commit to longer-term funding for nursing bursaries in Wales and greater investment in nurse education in England. Student nurses in Wales will continue to receive NHS bursaries until 2020, the Welsh government has announced.


Royal College of Nursing responds to CQC’s annual survey of hospital inpatients

Responding to CQC’s annual survey of hospital inpatients, RCN Director for England Patricia Marquis said: "Patient confidence in NHS staff remains high thanks in no small part to the dedicated work of nursing professionals, many of whom routinely work unpaid overtime to deliver the care people need.


Mary Seacole Awards

As a nurse, midwife or health visitor, you can apply for a Mary Seacole Award to fund a project that aims to improve the health outcomes of people from black and minority ethnic communities. The deadline for applications to the Mary Seacole Awards 2019/20 has been extended to 22 July 2019.


RCN Blogs

Latest blogs cover: Researching the history of emotions in nursing; When it comes to end of life care, Dying Matters; It’s taken a lot of work but I’m proud of what we’ve achieved; RCN Congress through the West Midlands window.


RCN Magazines

Latest news includes: Number of NHS learning disability nurses plummets in last decade; Wales student nursing bursary extended to 2020; Young people's mental health nurse is RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year; NHS People Plan good on ambition but too light on detail.



RCN School Nurses Conference & Exhibition 2019

The programme will include keynote sessions covering a broad range of contemporary topics alongside interactive workshop sessions, focusing on common issues you come across as a school nurse in practice, that allow you to tailor your conference experience to your learning needs.


The RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2019

3 September 2019, 9am to 5pm, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB. Save the date and attend the RCN International Research Conference 2019. Sheffield Hallam University will be home to this prestigious three-day event which will once again welcome hundreds of nurses and researchers from around the world to present, debate and hear about advances in nursing research and its impact on health, health and social care and nursing practice.


25th International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference 2019

12 Sep 2019 09:00 - 13 Sep 16:00, RCN London, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone , London, W1G 0RN. Join us for an exciting and informative programme of talks, debates and presentations about transforming mental health care services. Discover how nurse-led initiatives are influencing the global mental health agenda and improving quality of life for people living with mental health difficulties. The call for abstract closes at midnight on Monday 22 April 2019


RCN Foundation Care Homes Summit 2019

23 September 2019, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. With nearly half a million older people living in nursing and residential homes within the UK, the independent care sector employs over 40,000 registered nurses. This summit will explore and highlight the many ways that the nursing team continues to achieve excellent outcomes for residents within care homes.


Moving forward… at pace: RCN Executive Nurse Network Conference 2019

26 Sep 2019 09:30 - 18:00, RCN London, 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London, W1G 0RN. This event aims to give nurse leaders a non NHS perspective on leadership, resilience, emotional intelligence, compassion and excelling in conquering challenges. Speakers will provide a new and invigorating approach to feed the conscience and imagination of those in challenging roles.


RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner Conference 2019

28 Sep 2019 09:00 - 17:00. Birmingham Conference and Events Centre (BCEC), Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4EW. This one day conference will provide a professional update on clinical issues and practice, disseminate research about and by ANPs, showcase innovation and service developments and offer a networking opportunity for ANPs.


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