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Quality and Safety Bulletin

All the latest in quality and safety with the RCN's Quality and Safety Bulletin. 

If you'd like to keep up to date with all the latest in quality and safety, you can subscribe to the Quality and Safety Bulletin. The Bulletin highlights the professional work of the RCN and features all the latest news on the following: quality improvement, patient safety, evidence-based practice, patient and staff-focused care and eHealth.


Topol Review

The Topol Review makes recommendations that will enable NHS staff to make the most of innovative technologies such as genomics, digital medicine, artificial intelligence and robotics to improve services.

See: Health Education England - Topol Review

RCN highlights

The latest news from the RCN on professional issues including publications, policy briefings, events and NICE consultations.


RCN backs campaign to protect young people from online harm

The RCN has joined the Royal College of Psychologists and Royal College of Physicians to support a Daily Telegraph campaign to protect children using social media.


Nursing degree applications down 30% since bursary axed

The RCN has warned that the NHS Long Term Plan won’t have a chance to succeed if the decline in student nurse applications isn’t reversed.

Quality improvement

Learn more about developments in quality improvement through content giving practice examples, describing tools, learning through innovation and case studies, commentary and statistics.

Digital Health

Call for tech solutions to meet NHS needs in North East and Cumbria

The Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for the North East and North Cumbria is calling for innovators to come up with solutions to address challenges faced by front-line NHS staff.

Public Accounts Committee

Local government spending

The Public Accounts Committee has released a new report, which finds that that local authority finances continue to deteriorate amid rising demand for vital services.

Patient safety

Follow this theme to discover what patient safety means as a practice. We share learning from practitioners, and researchers and findings from the developing field of human factors in healthcare.

National Health Executive

Thousands of x-rays to be reviewed amid fears of surgical errors

Thousands of NHS patients who had bone fractures repaired with a metal plate now need to have their x-rays reviewed after the NHS has admitted the wrong plates may have been used.

BBC News

A&E waits at worst level for 15 years

A&E waits in England have reached their worst level since the four-hour target was introduced in 2004.

Evidence based practice

This theme explores what it means to practise in line with best available evidence. It highlights evidence based practice guidelines, research and other tools and updates on evidence based techniques and processes from across the UK. International content from credible resources is also included.


Cough (acute): antimicrobial prescribing

NICE has set out a new antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute cough in adults, young people and children which aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.


New strategies for maintaining blood supplies from donations may be cost-effective

An NIHR Signal has suggested that opening blood donation centres on weekday evenings and at weekends is a cost-effective way of increasing the blood supply used by hospitals in the UK.

Patient focus

Patient focus looks at the issues that relate to partnership working and shared decision making. It covers people’s human rights including the right to privacy and confidentiality.

Age UK

50,000 elderly have died waiting for social care package

Age UK has estimated that more than 50,000 people have died waiting for care while ministers dither over long-awaited plans to overhaul the funding of social care.

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Making personalised care a reality: The role of occupational therapy

A Royal College of Occupational Therapists report has identified that occupational therapy has a lot to offer in delivering personalised care which focuses on prevention and wellbeing.


eHealth covers the ways technologies can act as key enablers in delivering healthcare in today’s society. It’s much more than any one type of technology or device. We are seeing the appearance of new operational models supported by technology.

Digital Health

Un’appy times – the challenges facing the NHS App

Commentary from Digital Health has highlighted that NHS App has lost two of its key leaders and will have to overcome serious technical challenges if it is to become the default digital gateway for patients.

NHS Digital

Digital inclusion project brings healthcare technology to the homeless

Homeless and insecurely housed people in Hastings now have access to medical treatment and support thanks to an innovative digital health care outreach project from NHS Digital.

Staff focus

This theme highlights health and morale of the workforce. A positive working environment benefits staff and patients. Creating the best possible working conditions for nursing staff enables them to deliver the highest standards of patient care.

Health Foundation

A critical moment: NHS staffing trends, retention and attrition

A report from the Health Foundation has highlighted an ongoing deterioration in workforce numbers in critical areas such as primary and community care, nursing and mental health.

Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute

Involving NHS staff in research

A report from the Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute as identified some of the key reasons NHS staff get involved in research and looks at some of the barriers to active involvement.

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Latest issue: 21 February 2019

Previous eBulletin: 7 February 2019


Research conference

RCN International Nursing Research Conference

This conference is open to anyone interested in nursing and research. It will be of particular interest to nurses, and colleagues in related disciplines, involved in the development and use of knowledge that impacts on nursing practice or the context in which nurses’ practice.

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