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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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Public Mental Health

Our mental wellbeing shapes our quality of life and the capacity to cope with life's ups and downs.

It is protective against physical illness, social inequalities and unhealthy lifestyles.

All nurses need to be working in ways that promote parity of esteem - that means mental health needs must be valued equally with physical health needs.

See: Public Mental Health

RCN highlights

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


Coronavirus and your finances

We have published some financial advice and guidance on entitlements and support, if you are struggling financially, as a result of the Covid-19 virus.


COVID-19 (coronavirus) and your rights in the workplace

We have developed an advice guide covering our most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and your rights in the workplace.

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.

Public Health England

Guidance on social distancing and protecting older people and vulnerable adults

Public Health England has produced guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has developed advice on how coronavirus affects pregnant women and their unborn babies.

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.


NHS hospitals likened to war zones as doctors prepare to make grim decisions

Guardian commentary has highlighted that NHS hospitals are in urgent need of ventilators and are approaching full capacity because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to keep safe when getting medicines or treatment online

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has launched a new guide for people to make sure that medicines or treatment they get online are safe and right for them.

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.


Coronavirus (COVID-19).

NICE is supporting the NHS and social care to respond quickly to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. They have brought together information that may help you.


Risk of death from stroke falls by 24%

The risk of death and disability after a stroke fell significantly between 2000 and 2015 and an estimated 6,300 more patients annually are surviving their stroke, according to research supported by the NIHR.

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.

Centre for Ageing Better

Home and dry: the need for better homes in later life

The Centre for Ageing Better and Care & Repair England's new report reveals that over two million over-55s are living in a home that endangers their health or wellbeing.

Healthy London Network

What children and young people need from services

Research by the AYPH shows what this group wants from local services and how they can best be engaged with their development. A workforce model and case studies provide tools for PCNs to draw on as they provide an all-ages approach to local care.


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

Coronavirus spread has ‘kicked NHS forward in adopting digital solutions’

The rapid spread of coronavirus has given the NHS a “kick forward” in the need to accelerate technology and ensure staff are digitally prepared, a GP has said.

NHS England

COVID-19 fake news

The NHS has unveiled a package of measures in the battle against coronavirus fake news – working with Google, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – to help the public get easy access to accurate NHS information and avoid myths and misinformation.

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

Nationwide plan to tackle the LD nursing recruitment and retention challenge

A new plan to help boost the number of people entering the learning disability nursing profession, improve the learner experience, develop a pre-registration programme and celebrate the role they play in delivering care to patients is being developed by Health Education England.

NHS Employers

Menopause at work

This guidance was produced by the NHS Staff Council's Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group. The overall purpose of the group is to raise standards of workplace health, safety and wellbeing in healthcare organisations and to promote a safer working environment for all healthcare staff. Find out more the partnership group.

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Latest issue: 26 March 2020

Previous eBulletin: 12 March 2020