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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 clarity on how proposed NHS pension changes will affect nursing staff

The government must confirm whether NHS pension changes would help very senior nurses, while full pension flexibility is still needed to help nursing staff throughout the health service.


RCN Council election candidates announced

Full details of those standing are now available on our election pages. There are elections in nine of the 14 constituencies including London, North West, Northern, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire & the Humber.


RCN and Caring Homes Group sign national learning agreement

The RCN will be working in partnership with one of the UK’s largest care home providers to promote and support lifelong learning. The learning agreement provides a framework for the RCN and Caring Homes Group to work together to provide ongoing training and development for RCN members and other staff working through Caring Homes Group.


RCN Northern Ireland to ballot members on industrial action including strike action

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Northern Ireland Board has taken the unprecedented step to ballot RCN members working in the Health and Social Care Service (HSC) in Northern Ireland on industrial action, including strike action, regarding the nurse staffing crisis in Northern Ireland.


RCN urges new prime minister to end nursing workforce crisis

RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dame Donna Kinnair has written to Boris Johnson following his appointment as prime minister, asking him to take urgent action to tackle the nursing workforce crisis across the UK.


RCN Wales calls on government to recruit more nurses

An RCN strategy document has reiterated the need for the Welsh government to develop effective workforce planning to ensure NHS Wales has enough nurses to provide safe care.


Physical activity and lifestyle toolkit

The RCN has endorsed the RCGP physical activity and lifestyle toolkit. This series of factsheets were made specifically for busy health professionals to provide all the information required to understand the health benefits of physical activity.


Nurse specialist in menopause

The role of a specialist in menopause was included in the 2015 NICE guidelines on managing menopause, however the detail of how this role might be implemented in practice was less clear and subsequently the British Menopause Society (BMS) produced a guide for all health care professionals.


Maternity workforce survey report

This publication contains the full results of the scoping exercise exploring the employment and role-specific training and continuing professional development of registered nurses and unregistered support workers in maternity services in the UK. Please read in conjunction with the published report Nurses in maternity care: RCN report


Nurses in maternity care: Literature review

This is a literature review for the RCN’s Midwifery Forum project on the training and continuing professional development needs of registered nurses and unregistered support workers in maternity care.


Nurses in maternity care: RCN report

This report has been produced from the analysis of a workforce survey designed to explore the employment and role-specific training and continuing professional development (CPD) of registered nurses and unregistered support staff working in maternity services across the UK. The report was informed by two documents, also now available online.


Conscientious objection guidance

In 2013 RCN published its Position Statement on Termination of Pregnancy (Induced Abortion) (RCN 2013), and a part of that publication was providing guidance for nurses and midwives who wish to exercise the legal right to conscientious objection. This new guidance has reviewed our advice and updated the document for ease of use by nurses, midwives and nursing associates on the issue of conscientious objection.


RCN Blogs

Latest blogs include: nurse staffing in Northern Ireland, the History of Nursing Forum, RCN Council meeting and lobbying MPs at Westminster on staffing for safe and effective care, and the launch of the new RCN Research Society, Clinical Research Nurses sub-committee.


RCN magazines

Latest articles include: RCN Council election candidates announced; Members in Northern Ireland to be balloted on industrial action including strike action; New prime minister urged to end nursing workforce crisis; RCN Wales calls on government to recruit more nurses and MPs express support for safe staffing legislation in England.



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.


Flight Nursing Workshop 2019

19 Oct 2019 09:00 - 16:30 RCN London, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. Are you a nurse working in or interested in the aviation medicine industry? This is an excellent opportunity to gain relevant and useful CPD and network with fellow flight nurses.


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