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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.

Nursing Careers Resource

Nursing Careers Resource

This resource has been jointly developed by the Royal College of Nursing and Health Education England to help registered nurses and the clinical support workforce across the UK plan their health careers effectively. 

It is designed to provide you with a range of ideas about the varying roles that you can enjoy throughout your health career. We hope this inspires and motivates you to proactively plan your next career move.

The resource is divided into two sections, registered nurses and the clinical support workforce. As development of this resource progresses, it will become a tool that provides career guidance for all nurses, nursing associates and the support workforce. 

See: Nursing Careers Resource

RCN highlights

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


Young people’s mental health nurse is RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year 2019

Emma McKinney, a specialist nurse practitioner working in child and adolescent mental health services has won the RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Award 2019.


RCN Council elections open

RCN Council elections are now open. Members have until 4.30pm on Friday 19 July to put themselves forward for election to 13 seats on RCN Council, the governing body of the RCN.

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.

Care Quality Commission

Review of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation for people with a mental health problem, a learning disability and or autism

The Care Quality Commission has published a review of the use of restrictive interventions in places that provide care for people with mental health problems, a learning disability and/or autism.

BBC News

Chief nursing officer to lead 10-year cancer strategy

A BBC News commentary has highlighted that Northern Ireland's chief nursing officer, Professor Charlotte McArdle, is to head a group developing a new 10 year cancer strategy.

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.

Professional Record Standards Body

Medicines information guidance to improve safety across health and care

The Professional Record Standards Body has developed guidance to enable the digital sharing of medications information between care settings, which will help improve patient care and reduce medication errors across the NHS and social care.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Patient safety essentials toolkit

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement has published a patient safety essentials toolkit to help health practitioners understand the underlying issues that can cause errors, and valuable guidance about how to create and maintain reliable systems.

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.


Prostate cancer: diagnosis and management

NICE have released a guideline covering the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer in secondary care, including information on the best way to diagnose and identify different stages of the disease.

NIHR Signal

A laser eye procedure can be effective and safe if used early as treatment for glaucoma

NIHR research has found that a laser eye procedure can be effective and safe if used early as treatment for glaucoma.

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.

BBC News

NHS 'should not prescribe acne drug'

The parents of young people who have killed themselves and patients unable to have sex are calling for the NHS to stop prescribing acne drug Roaccutane.

Belfast Telegraph

NHS staff who skip flu jab could wear label informing patients – medical chief

Professor Dame Sally Davies said she felt ‘very strongly’ that NHS staff should receive the annual flu jab. NHS staff who are not vaccinated against the flu should have to wear a badge informing patients, England’s chief medical officer has suggested.


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

£22m competition launched to set up ‘Digital Innovation Hubs’

A £22 million competition has been launched to help set up five “Digital Innovation Hubs” connecting regional healthcare data with genetic and biomedical information across the country.

Health Europa

One in ten NHS Trusts are fully digitised, despite plans for a paperless NHS

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that only one in ten of NHS trusts are fully digitised despite the government's plans for a paperless NHS by 2020.

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.

BBC News

NHS turns to Mumsnet to fill nurse vacancies

NHS England is turning to Mumsnet in order to help recruit nurses as part of a package of measures to fill vacancies in the health service.


Plan to hire thousands of foreign nurses for NHS is axed

The Observer has reported that a target for the NHS to hire 5,000 foreign nurses a year over a period of at least 15 years has been cut from a flagship staffing plan to deal with the health service's ongoing workforce crisis.

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School Nurses conference and exhibition 2018

RCN School Nurses Conference

No matter what your level of experience and expertise, this conference will update you on best practice within school nursing and you will be able to take away this learning to enhance your skills and ways of working.

Book now