Blogs

Read the latest opinions from the RCN in Scotland

44 blog posts
  • Health-and-care-staffing-scotland-act-2019 Colin Poolman Colin Poolman 16 Sep 2021

    Government must act to ease nursing staff crisis

    Today is World Patient Safety Day. The last 18 months have shone a spotlight on the safety critical role of the nursing profession like never before. They have also added untold pressure to nursing staff as they do their upmost to keep patients and residents safe, providing the best care possible in challenging circumstances – often to the detriment of their own mental and physical wellbeing.

  • Social Care Ashley Kvasiliene Ashley Kvasiliene 13 Sep 2021

    Care Home Nursing – Adapting to change

    The creation of a National Care Service will be one of the biggest reforms of the sector for decades, but care home nursing has already shown itself to be capable of adapting to change.

  • Fair pay for nurses Julie Lamberth Julie Lamberth 11 Aug 2021

    Summer of action is signal of intent

    'Wherever we are in the UK, it is important that we show our collective strength publicly', says Julie Lamberth.

  • Image of a pay slip Julie Lamberth Julie Lamberth 11 Jul 2021

    Urgent action needed to beat nursing shortages

    Current levels of pay do not encourage our experienced nursing staff to stay or recognise the safety critical role of our profession.

  • Health-and-care-staffing-scotland-act-2019 Julie Lamberth Julie Lamberth 3 Jun 2021

    Fair pay, safe staffing and staff wellbeing must be the building blocks for service recovery

    In 2019 we celebrated the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act being passed by the Scottish Parliament. I recall how proud I felt, sitting in the Parliament for the final debate, as the role our campaigning had in shaping this legislation – the first in the UK to set out requirements for safe staffing across both health and care services – was recognised.

  • General Practice Nursing Susan Aitkenhead and Dr David Shackles Susan Aitkenhead and Dr David Shackles 6 May 2021

    Valuing multi-professional General Practice working

    In a joint blog Dr David Shackles Joint Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland and RCN Scotland Director Susan Aitkenhead reflect on the hugely important but all-too-often undervalued role of GP nursing.

  • Protect the future of nursing campaign logo Susan Aitkenhead Susan Aitkenhead 4 May 2021

    RCN Scotland continuing to protect the future of nursing

    Nursing is undoubtedly firmly on the political agenda, judging by the commitments in the political parties’ election manifestos published in the past few weeks.

  • Colourful hands held up Julie Lamberth Julie Lamberth 28 Apr 2021

    Coming together for change

    With the close of the consultative ballot on the NHS pay offer in Scotland only days away, the Scottish election date looming and the RCN embarking on a new approach to organising, Julie Lamberth says RCN members need to take advantage of opportunities to make a real impact for themselves and their patients.

  • Wellbeing Julie Lamberth Julie Lamberth 14 Apr 2021

    Remobilisation must prioritise staff wellbeing and safe staffing

    As Scotland progresses along the route-map for easing COVID-19 restrictions, focus on the remobilisation and recovery of health and care services is increasing. 

  • Safe staffing campaign Susan Aitkenhead Susan Aitkenhead 1 Apr 2021

    Proper staffing is vital for safe nursing care

    It was well recognised that the health and social care workforce was struggling with workforce shortages long before the Covid-19 pandemic.

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