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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


RCN responds to funding pledge

The RCN has welcomed the announcement of a 3.4% increase in NHS funding for England but has warned it won’t go far enough and further investment is needed for social care.


Operation waiting lists reach 10-year high.

Patients waiting for planned operations are paying the price for seeing the NHS through one of the worst winters in recent memory, warns the RCN, as waiting lists hit half a million.


Relaxed immigration rules for non-EU nurses are welcome but more UK nurses are needed

It has been reported that the Home Office is to relax immigration rules for non-EU doctors and nurses, excluding them from the limited number of skilled workers allowed into the country.


Nurse staffing levels should be reported as part of patient safety investigations

The RCN has said the creation of an independent body to investigate serious patient safety incidents in England could only work effectively if health care is redefined as a safety critical industry.


Cervical screening saves lives, says RCN

The RCN has published new guidance - Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Cervical Screening and Cervical Cancer, provides detailed information on the risks associated with HPV and how regular screening makes a positive difference to women’s health.


NHS pay deal for England accepted

Following a six-week consultation with members, the majority of NHS trade unions have decided to accept the proposed pay deal for England. The increase should show in members’ pay packets at the end of July and be backdated to 1 April.


RCN Employment survey 2017

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


Learning and Development for RCN Reps: Frequently asked questions

The RCN learning and development pathway is a quality assured framework of activities, designed to equip an RCN member for the role of RCN learning rep, safety rep, or steward. It is accredited by the Open College Network. The document addresses questions raised by those considering a rep role within the RCN.


Nurse Staffing for Safe and Effective Care: A resource guide for reps

This booklet aims to: highlight the crucial role that RCN reps can play in supporting members to raise questions around safe and effective staffing; signpost reps to accurate sources of information, guidance and advice, which will help them support members; and raise awareness of the importance of safe and effective staffing in every setting where nursing care is provided.


Improving Mandatory Training: How reps can play their part

To ensure a safe and healthy workplace, mandatory training is vital. Staff need the knowledge and skills both to deliver safe and effective care and protect themselves. By working through this resource and undertaking its activities, our aim is that you will develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a difference to mandatory training for staff where you work.


Immunisation knowledge and skills competence assessment tool

Competence framework to support the training and assessment of registered and non-registered health care workers who have a role in immunisations. Second edition, replaces 005 336.


RCN competences: an education and training framework for aural care nursing and treatment provision

Aural care is a common and frequently practiced skill in both primary and secondary care. This competence framework aims to establish explicit, nationally-agreed role profiles for aural specialist nursing roles.


RCN competences: an education and training framework for ear nose and throat nursing update

This competence framework aims to establish explicit, nationally-agreed role profiles for adult ENT specialist nursing roles. This publication replaces the previous version 004 267.



Aseptic technique Creating consensus on standards of practice

26 Jul 2018 11:00 - 15:30, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. The RCN invites you to help develop standards for aseptic technique as part of an aseptic technique masterclass. RCN members have requested a review of existing guidance and practice standards that support aseptic technique in clinical practice across all care settings. The masterclass will include contemporary presentations and the opportunity to shape research in this area.


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.


G-I-N 2018

11 – 14 September 2018, The Principal Hotel, Manchester. Registration for G-I-N 2018 is now open! This event is an exciting opportunity for all those who work with guidelines in health and care to come together; from development and methodology through to implementation and evaluation.


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

Friday 30th 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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