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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 calls for suicide prevention training for nurses on World Mental Health Day

Nursing staff play an important part in helping to prevent suicide; improving education and awareness is vital to save lives, says the RCN. The government has announced that Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price has been appointed as the first minister for suicide prevention.


RCN to produce guidance on cleaning toys used in health care settings

A UK-wide survey by the RCN’s Children and Young People Infection Control Network will establish current practice when it comes to the purchasing, maintaining and cleaning of toys. The findings of the survey, which closes on 11 November, will inform the RCN’s first ever infection prevention guidance in relation to toys.


RCN Council elections now open

Members can stand for election to 12 of 17 seats on RCN Council. Nominations are open now and close at 4.30pm on 25 October. Voting will be conducted by postal ballot and will take place between 21 November and 11 December.


RCN responds to appointment of new NMC chief executive

Bringing over 30 years’ experience in health and social care, Andrea Sutcliffe has been announced as the new Chief Executive and Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Andrea joins the NMC from the Care Quality Commission.


RCN Wales film celebrates successful safe staffing campaign

The film and accompanying book detail the importance of recent legislation in Wales that will help safeguard safe patient care. In 2016, Wales became the first country in Europe to pass a safe nurse staffing law - the Nurse Staffing Levels Act (Wales) - which was implemented in April of this year.


RCN Council to step down following vote of no confidence

Elections will take place as soon as possible with new Council taking up office on 1 January. “The College is already changing to ensure it engages the full breadth of its membership. A new elected Council and a permanent Chief Executive & General Secretary will bring that fresh perspective and energy."


The Government is failing to address NHS staff shortages, says RCN

The RCN has responded to Health Secretary’s speech, warning that investment in nursing is needed to ensure the future of the NHS.


Beat the flu

The RCN is encouraging members to beat the flu this winter by getting their flu vaccine. It is a professional responsibility for all nursing staff to have the flu vaccine to help protect vulnerable patients and clients.


Outcome of RCN Extraordinary General Meeting

RCN members passed a motion of no confidence in RCN Council at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in Birmingham. The EGM was arranged after a petition about how the NHS pay deal for England was communicated attracted more than 1,000 signatures from members.


Report into RCN understanding and communication of NHS pay deal published

The independent external review makes recommendations about how the RCN needs to change in light of errors made in the sharing of information about the NHS pay deal for England. The second and final report has been published.


RCN concerned over lack of supernumerary status for trainee nursing associates

The NMC has finalised standards setting out how nursing associates should be taught and the skills and knowledge they will need to qualify.



RCN Foundation Public Lecture

24 Oct 2018 18:00 - 21:00, Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff, CF10 5AL. Acting Today for a Better Tomorrow: Health and Wellbeing for Future Generations. Sophie Howe is the first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, a unique position in the UK. Hear about her work to improve the quality of life for the people of Wales, now and in the future. The RCN Public Lecture series is funded by the RCN Foundation. The RCN Foundation supports the needs of nurses, midwives and health care assistants as well as nursing students.


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.


Responding to serious youth violence

12 Nov 2018 09:00 - 16:30, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. Nurses and healthcare support workers deal with the physical and emotional impact of violence every day. This event aims to provide nurses and healthcare support workers with the skills and knowledge to identify and respond appropriately to serious youth violence they emerge in a wide variety of care-settings.


Hawking MND Lecture

21 Nov 2018 17:45 - 20:45, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. This prestigious event aims, each year, to bring you the latest clinical thinking in the field of motor neurone disease. This year the focus is on cognitive change. This free lecture is a unique opportunity for all nurses, health and social care professionals and students with an interest in MND and other long-term, progressive neurological conditions to hear the latest research. The lecture is open to RCN members and non-members.


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.


Joint RCN Public Health Forum and NaTHNaC Travel Health Conference

9 February 2019, RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. Save the date for this joint conference developed by the RCN Public Health Forum and The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), two national bodies providing authoritative evidence based travel health guidance to health professionals.


Leadership in nursing education: facing challenges, creating opportunities

12 March 2019, Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2EL, 8.15am to 4.45pm. This conference will support you as a health care educator. Learn about the latest developments in nursing education and practice, share good practice through facilitated discussions and network with colleagues from across the UK.


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 - 13 September 2019, 9am to 4pm, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. The International MHNR Conference 2019 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 London to advance our understanding, discourse, knowledge and promote our continued inquiry, collaboration and partnership.

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