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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


UK Career Framework for Stroke nurses

The RCN Neuroscience forum is developing a National Career Framework for Stroke nurses in the UK. Forum Committee members have together with other stroke nursing networks been leading a project to create this framework to attract and retain nurses. Read about the project and how to get involved.


Why do we need accountability for safe and effective staffing?

Acting Chief Executive & General Secretary Dame Donna Kinnair considers what accountability means for our safe staffing campaigns. Members across the UK are leading our campaigns to get safe staffing enshrined in law.


Thousands take action to change the law on safe staffing

More than 5,000 RCN members and supporters have so far taken action to help bring an end to the ongoing workforce crisis affecting health and care services in England.


RCN Congress speakers announced

Tom Ray, who survived sepsis, and former CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Julia Unwin will speak at RCN Congress, to be held in Liverpool from 19 to 23 May.


RCN members accept Jersey pay deal

RCN members on Jersey have voted to accept a mediated pay offer from the States. The improved offer was made in early March following a mediation process with the Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service.


New exhibition on care for older people shows age really is just a number

A new exhibition at the Royal College of Nursing shows how the way we care for older people has changed over the last 200 years, shifting from workhouses, institutions and care homes and into the 21st century.


RCN Blogs

Latest blogs cover: staffing for safe and effective care, nursing in justice and secure settings, library training from your sofa, impacts of funding cuts to sexual health services, the importance of travel health and workforce must feature in future plans for health service.


RCN magazines

Latest news includes: thousands take action to change the law on safe staffing, RCN Congress speakers announced, RCN members accept Jersey pay deal, act now to help halt workforce crisis and insurance worries for GP nursing staff dispelled with new scheme.



Aspects of Age: Exhibition Launch

11 April 2019, 5.30 – 8pm, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN. Join us for an evening of talks and activities to launch our new exhibition on the healthcare of older people throughout history. Pimp a zimmer frame, experiment with the Royal College of Pathologists for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, and try a virtual walk through dementia. Talks (from 6pm) include Pat Thane on getting old in English history, Dawne Garrett on older people’s care today and Nola Ishmael’s personal reflections on ageing. This event will be live subtitled and includes a drinks reception. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance at


RCN Congress

19-23 May 2019, Liverpool. RCN Congress is the most important event of its type in the nursing calendar. It is where nursing staff meet to learn, develop and share nursing practice and to influence nursing and health care policy. Congress is free to attend, however you will need to consider the costs for your travel and accommodation. Find out what's on, who the keynote speakers are, member debates, fringe events, the exhibitions and social events.


Are you Glove aware?

02 May 2019 11:00 - 16:30. Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. As part of the Royal College of Nursing’s Glove Awareness Week we are hosting a one-day event to challenge, celebrate and debate the use of gloves as part of the delivery of health and care in all settings. The conference is open to anyone with an interest in gloves or glove use. It is relevant to all care settings and NHS and Independent care providers.


RCN School Nurses Conference & Exhibition 2019

21 Aug 2019 08:45 - 16:15, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. 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.

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