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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


Public backs RCN funding call for student nurse education

Poll shows the public recognises the dangerous shortfall of nurses and wants investment in the future nursing workforce. More than half of people surveyed in England agreed the Government should increase funding for nurse education to help stop the decline in student nurse numbers. The YouGov poll also reveals that nearly three out of four people across the UK (71%) say there are not enough nurses to keep NHS patients safe.


Nursing degree apprenticeships will not fix the workforce crisis

The RCN has reiterated the need for government investment in nursing higher education, as a report out today finds nursing degree apprenticeships are not providing a sustainable route into the profession. The report by the House of Commons Education Committee – Nursing Degree Apprenticeships: In Poor Health? – has called the Government’s vision of nursing degree apprenticeships being a realistic and sustainable route into the nursing profession a “mirage”.


New Student Member of RCN Council elected

Amy, an MSc Adult and Mental Health Nursing student at City University, London, has a background as a health care assistant in mental health and as a community carer. Amy, who was elected by RCN student members, is also a student representative at her university and one of The Council of Deans’ 150 Future Leaders of Healthcare.


Government must tackle staff shortages in light of latest NHS performance figures

NHS Improvement has released new figures on the operational and financial performance of the health service in the last quarter of the year. It shows the ongoing pressure services are under, further highlighting the scale of staff shortages. Compared to this time last year, an additional 1,700 nurse posts are vacant. The vacancy rate now stands at 11.6%. In London it is almost 15%.


RCN welcomes settled status pilot for EU health care staff

The Home Office is due to launch a UK-wide EU Settlement Scheme pilot which prioritises health and social care staff. The pilot will allow EU citizens working in health and social care employment across the UK to apply to continue living here after 31 December 2020. The RCN is committed to supporting its members through this process.


RCN slams decision to double Immigration Health Surcharge

The Government announced the proposed increase to the Immigration Health Surcharge would go ahead following a vote in Parliament. The RCN will continue to campaign for the Immigration Health Surcharge to be waived for overseas nursing staff following the Government’s decision to double the fee from £200 to £400.


RCN Blogs

Latest blog posts include: Student Nurse Practitioner Amanda Wilkinson talks about her experience as a Delirium Champion; the RCN Student Information Officer conference; support growing for the RCN's campaign to #FundOurFuture nurses; the immigration health surcharge and securing the future of vital EU nursing staff.


RCN Magazines

Latest news includes: New Student Member of RCN Council elected; Government must tackle staff shortages in light of latest NHS performance figures; RCN welcomes settled status pilot for EU health care staff; RCN slams decision to double Immigration Health Surcharge; Health minister pledges to work with the RCN on future funding.


RCN Library

The Wandering Womb: Women’s health nursing past and present

Women have long been viewed as at the mercy of their biology. How has nursing as a profession challenged the myths and misconceptions around women's health? This exhibition explores themes including menstruation, miscarriage, menopause and gynaecological cancers.


RCN Carols at Christmas

12 Dec 2018 18:00 - 20:00, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. RCN President Cecilia Anim warmly invites you to celebrate, sing and reflect at RCN Carols at Christmas. There will be a carol service from 6pm-7pm followed by mulled wine and mince pies from 7pm-8pm


Small Changes: reducing the environmental impact of care

14 Dec 2018 10:00 - 16:30. Cowdray Hall, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. The RCN Small Changes campaign has been running for nearly 3 years and has had real success in promoting the value and impact of nurses in procurement of consumables to deliver patient care. From December 2018 Small Changes will be broadened to include sustainability elements of nursing practice or influence. Join us for a refresh of the RCN Small Changes Campaign.


ExpertTeas: Revalidation Reassurance

23 Jan 2019 14:00 - 16:00 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN. Concerned – or unclear - about revalidation? Not clear about the process or not sure what to include as your practice-related feedback? Need some tips on writing reflectively? Drop in to discuss your concerns with expert Gill Coverdale, RCN Professional Lead for Education (Standards & Professional Development). Tea and scones will be available.


Preventive strikes: A history of female cancers

31 Jan 2019 17:00 - 19:00. 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN. For many years, hysterectomy was widely relied on for both cure and prevention of female cancers. Historian Ilana Löwy talks about her research, which has highlighted the damaging effects of some of these "preventive strikes." Cancer nurse specialist Tracie Miles looks at the current role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in cancer patient care today.


Fertility treatment: How far should we go?

07 Feb 2019 17:00 - 19:00. 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN. In 1978, Louise Brown made history by being the first baby born after in vitro fertilisation (IVF). IVF is now an established method of treatment for infertility, yet debates around access continue. Jane Denton, Director of the Multiple Births Foundation, chairs a panel discussion exploring the introduction of IVF and concerns arising from it. Kay Elder gives a personal perspective from her role in the early years of the first IVF programme, while Jane Stewart, Chair of the British Fertility Society, explores the question: “Does everyone have the right to fertility treatment on the NHS?” Doors open at 5pm. Talk starts at 5:30.


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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