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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.

Aspects of Age exhibition

Our latest exhibition, Aspects of Age, opens on 11 April at the RCN Library and Heritage Centre in London, showing visitors how the care of older people has changed in the past two centuries.

It charts the shift from the days of Victorian workhouses through to specialist hospital facilities, care provided in the home and future technologies. You can examine original RCN pamphlets on how to set up a nursing home, as well as exhibits including a bedpan and cup from 1914 and a 1912 workhouse nurse’s “certificate of character”.

The exhibition also explores the changing nature of older age. Now, older people are just as likely to need sexual health advice or vaccinations for their next holiday as they are dementia care or a flu jab.

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RCN highlights

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


Thousands take action to change the law on safe staffing

More than 5,000 RCN members and supporters have so far taken action to help bring an end to the ongoing workforce crisis affecting health and care services in England.


RCN Congress speakers announced

RCN Congress speakers have been announced. Tom Ray, a sepsis survivor, and former CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Julia Unwin, will speak at RCN Congress, which takes place in Liverpool from 19 to 23 May.

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.

Women and Equalities Commission

Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

The Women and Equalities Commission has highlighted a persistent failure by national and local policy makers to tackle long standing inequalities facing Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in any sustained way.

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Averting the antimicrobial resistance crisis: what are the avenues for policy action for countries in Europe?

A policy briefing from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies has summarised some of the key policy avenues for tackling antimicrobial resistance.

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.

Care Quality Commission

New Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch have published a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreement which sets out how the CQC will work together to promote the safety and wellbeing of people receiving NHS care in England.

University of Bristol

When safeguarding becomes stigmatising: a report on the impact of FGM-safeguarding procedures on people with a Somali heritage living in Bristol

The University of Bristol has published research which presents the perspectives of Somali families living in Bristol with experience of female genital mutilation (FGM) safeguarding services.

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.

Cancer Research UK

Paying the price: new evidence on the link between price promotions, purchasing of less healthy food and drink, and overweight and obesity in Great Britain

Cancer Research UK have published a study on the link between price promotions and obesity in Great Britain.


Lung cancer: diagnosis and management

NICE have released a new guideline that looks at the diagnosing and managing of non-small-cell and small-cell lung cancer.

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.


Advance care planning. A quick guide for registered managers of care homes and home care services

Advance care planning can make the difference between a future where a person makes their own decisions and a future where others do. This guide will help people to understand how advance care planning offers people the opportunity to plan their future care and support, including medical treatment, while they have the capacity to do so.

NHS England

Specialist mental health support for new mums available in every part of England

New and expectant mothers in England can now access specialist NHS mental health care in the area where they live.


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.

MedTech Innovation News

NHS diabetes team partners VR medical training

The NHS England diabetes team has partnered with a virtual reality medical training company in a bid to improve care for patients with diabetes.

Digital Health

Liverpool technology hub given further £1.48m to explore 5G

Liverpool-based 5G technology hub has received £1.48 million to explore how the mobile network can improve health and social care.

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 Education England

Workforce stress and the supportive organisation: a framework for improvement through reflection, curiosity and change

HEE have released a new framework that encourages employers to take a closer look at the systems they currently have in place for managing staff wellbeing and stress.

Department of Health and Social Care

Employers’ motivations and practices: a study of the use of occupational health services

The Department of Health and Social Care have published a study looking at the motivations and practices of employers using occupational health support.

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Latest issue: 18 April 2019

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School nurses conference

RCN School Nurses Conference & Exhibition 2019

Don’t miss this unrivalled learning opportunity: save the date and be sure to join us for the UK’s definitive school nursing conference developed to support you in your role. 

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