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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.

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RCN Nursing Education in Termination of Pregnancy Services

This report outlines the results from an online survey conducted by the RCN, across the Termination of Pregnancy services in England, Wales and Scotland, to assess the current and future education requirements of nurses, midwives and non-registered health care support workers.

It provides an outline career pathway and recommendations for the future education and training needs of those providing nursing care in this health care sector.

See: Nursing Education in Termination of Pregnancy Services

RCN highlights

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


Who cares? Emotions in nursing

A new exhibition exploring the history of emotions in nursing, created with input from RCN experts and members, has launched at the RCN’s London headquarters.


Staffing levels the frontline 2020

We need to do more to demonstrate the importance of staffing for safe and effective care. Please fill out our survey, it is completely anonymous and should only take around ten minutes to complete.

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.

BBC News

NHS to pioneer cholesterol-busting jab

BBC News commentary has highlighted that a twice-a-year injection that reduces bad cholesterol to protect the heart is to be pioneered by the NHS in England.

Academy of Medical Sciences

Transforming health through innovation: integrating the NHS and academia

The UK’s world-leading biomedical and health research sector has contributed to major advances in patient care, as well as to the wealth of the nation.

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.

Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

Investigation into lack of timely monitoring of patients with glaucoma

A national investigation has identified that there is inadequate hospital eye services capacity to meet demand for glaucoma services putting patients at risk.


Deaths in prison: a national scandal

A report from Inquest has detailed safety failures including mental and physical health care, communication systems, emergency responses, and drugs and medication.

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.


Melatonin should not be made available on NHS to treat jet lag

An independent drug review for the hormone by the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin – a publication that summarises and weighs the evidence for medicines and treatments – has concluded the hormone should not be prescribed for jet lag on the NHS.


Digital and mobile interventions could support regular health services in helping people stop smoking and reduce their risk of obesity

Health professionals can consider digital and mobile interventions as a supplement to regular services to support behaviour change in people at risk of developing chronic conditions.

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.

NHS England

Rapid NHS response teams to help people stay well at home

Local health service and council teams will begin the roll out of Urgent Community Response teams from April, as part of the NHS’ Long Term Plan to support England’s ageing population and those with complex needs.

Public Health England

Mental health needs of gang affiliated young people

A briefing on the burden of mental illness faced by young people involved with gangs, part of the 'Ending Gang and Youth Violence' programme.


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

Sheffield Children’s launches Little Journey app for young patients

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has become the latest trust to introduce the Little Journey smartphone app, which helps children understand what to expect when they come to the hospital for surgery.

NHS Digital

More patients to benefit from single secure access to health care apps

Approved digital health and care app and website developers can now integrate NHS login into their products thanks to a new toolkit launched by 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.

British Medical Association

Measuring progress: commitments to support and expand the mental health workforce in England

This report finds that recent commitments to support and expand the mental health workforce have fallen short of their goals. To assess progress against these commitments and identify where further action is required, the report analyses workforce data and a survey of health care professionals working in the sector.

NHS Employers

International Recruitment Toolkit

This toolkit is for those involved in leading and delivering international recruitment in the NHS. It aims to encourage and enable good practices and processes for the recruitment of international staff across a wide range of professions. This resource can be used to plan approaches to overseas recruitment activity for the first time, or to review the quality and efficiency of existing practices and processes.

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Latest issue: 30 January 2020

Previous eBulletin: 16 January 2020


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RCN Fertility Nursing Conference 2020

The RCN Fertility Nursing Forum conference is an unmissable opportunity to get the latest updates and developments to enhance your professional practice and improve patient outcomes.  You will hear from expert speakers on a range topics including the latest treatment options for endometriosis, recurrent miscarriage and its impact on couples and sperm washing for viral positive patients.

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