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Chair-elect pledges to ensure RCN ‘delivers’ for members
The newly-elected chair of the Royal College of Nursing has pledged to “make sure it delivers what it should do for members”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Union concern at linking pay rise to productivity as Hunt starts talks
The Royal College of Nursing today said it had “concern” over the link between productivity and pay increases in a letter sent by Jeremy Hunt formally beginning pay negotiations for 2018-19. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health unions welcome moves on pay but warn against making staff foot the bill
  Commenting on the news that the health secretary has today (Thursday) written to the chair of the NHS pay review body to begin the process around the pay award for health staff in 2018/19, UNISON head of health and chair of the NHS unions Sara Gorton said: “It’s good that at long last the wheels have started to move. Exasperated the government seemed to be ignoring NHS pay, health unions took the initiative earlier in the autumn and submitted their own pay claim. Something they’d not needed to do in years. “But today’s letter means that talks can now begin to discuss the much-needed rev...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health NHS nhs pay pay up now PRB Sara Gorton Source Type: news

RCN leaders face criticism over ‘positive’ budget response
Royal College of Nursing campaigners have written an open letter to the union ’s leaders, criticising them for their “underwhelming” response to the chancellor’s comments on nurse pay last week. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Care at home
There are not enough qualified professionals to do this job, says the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Respiratory nurse educator named ‘nurse of year’ by RCN Wales
A respiratory nurse has been named as “nurse of the year” by the Royal College of Nursing in Wales for her work in tackling some of the worst mortality rates from chronic lung disease in the UK. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

UNISON comments on RCN story on NHS pay
Commenting on the Royal College of Nursing survey about nursing staff being at breaking point, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “These findings echo what staff across the entire NHS have been telling us. NHS employees as a whole are struggling to survive on just their basic pay. “Cleaners, porters, paramedics, midwives, administrators and healthcare assistants have all gone without a proper pay rise for far too long. They work hard to deliver the best care for patients and their families in tough circumstances, and with limited resources. “With inflation and interest rates on the rise, all health e...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 15, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release ambulance budget chancellor Midwives NHS nhs pay nurses paramedics porters Source Type: news

Nurses stretched to 'breaking point' over pay, finds RCN survey
Many nurses have struggled to pay bills, missed rent or mortgage payments and say they cannot sleep at night due to money worries, reveals a major survey by the Royal College of Nursing, which paints a stark picture of the personal financial pressures weighing on the profession. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN calls for action to help homeless before winter
The leader of the Royal College of Nursing has called for urgent action to improve NHS care for the homeless, including more training for nurses, as the college embarks on a landmark partnership with the Big Issue. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 5, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Blind spot’ now exists on NHS staff assaults, claims RCN
The Royal College of Nursing has warned of a “dangerous blind spot” that has been created surrounding the scale of assaults on health service staff. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Safe and effective staffing: nursing against the odds
The Royal College of Nursing has launched the results of a survey of nursing and midwifery staff in the UK. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Strike ballot could be called if pay cap remains in place, warns RCN
The Royal College of Nursing has said it will move towards balloting members on industrial action if the 1% cap on NHS pay rises is not lifted in the November budget. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 29, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Staff shortage ‘biting hard’ with over half of shifts down on nurses
Service providers must “urgently” examine whether they have enough nursing staff to provide safe patient care this winter, the Royal College of Nursing has said in the wake of worrying new survey findings. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 29, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS staff shortages 'mean patients dying alone' in hospitals
Thousands of nurses tell the Royal College of Nursing that care is being compromised. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patients are dying ALONE in hospitals, report reveals
A Royal College of Nursing survey of more than 30,000 British nurses found many feel stressed and burnt out, with a quarter saying they care for 14 patients or more at a time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

London STPs ‘chronically’ under-resourced, warns RCN leader
The Royal College of Nursing ’s leader for London has warned that a lack of sufficient funding and staffing is the “elephant in the room” for plans to transform the way care is delivered in the capital. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN concern at plans for mentorship and meds management
The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed a number of major changes to nurse education being considered by the UK regulator, but has raised concerns about proposals on training for new mentorship roles and the removal of medicines management standards. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

All NHS staff need a pay rise that ’s above inflation, say health unions
NHS unions are today (Friday) breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK. In a letter to the Chancellor, 14 health unions including UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Unite and the GMB, are asking Philip Hammond to earmark funds in the November Budget for a pay rise in line with inflation (Retail Price Index). The claim also calls for an additional £800 to restore some of the pay lost over the past seven years. Cleaners, nurses, radiographers, pha...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health inflation NHS nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

RCN chief calls for above inflation pay rise at rally to end 1% cap
Nurses will press for a pay rise above inflation in forthcoming NHS wage negotiations, the head of the Royal College of Nursing has said, as hundreds gathered at a rally in London on Wednesday to protest against the current 1% limit on nursing wage rises. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 7, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call for nurses to help educate other staff to spot delirium
A new drive to help nurses spot signs of delirium has been launched today by the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 5, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses Becoming e-Nurses by Using Patientrack to Enhance Frontline Care
The ambitions of NHS Digital’s e-nursing week and the Royal College of Nursing's (RCN) 'Every nurse an e-nurse' campaign are being realised by nurses across the UK, who are seeing the benefits of using digital health on the frontline by using Patientrack, a technology used by nursing staff to capture patient vital signs and alert doctors when urgent attention is needed, (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - August 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Industry Business and Industry Source Type: news

Children ‘unsafe in classroom’ due to school nurse cuts
Children with long-term conditions are now “at risk in the classroom” due to the accelerating loss of school nurses, according to the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 25, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN warns too few students having meningitis vaccine
Two thirds of school leavers remain unvaccinated against meningitis, despite the national catch-up programme and a rising number of “W strain” fatalities, the Royal College of Nursing has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nine out of 10 largest hospital trusts 'short of nurses'
More than nine in 10 of the 50 largest NHS hospital trusts in England are not staffed with nurses to the level planned by their own management, according to the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN pledges to help nurses support domestic abuse victims
The Royal College of Nursing has pledged to do more to support nurses and midwives working with families affected by domestic abuse, as well as helping any of its members suffering abuse at home. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 4, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Prison nurses ‘put at risk’ in overcrowded jails, warns RCN
The safety of nurses working in prisons is being put at risk, because they have become “dangerous, overcrowded warehouses”, the Royal College of Nursing has claimed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 2, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

21,000 new mental health posts will treat extra 1 million
The Government has promised the extra posts by 2021 in a £1.3 billion drive but the Royal College of Nursing questioned whether enough people could be trained in such time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More experienced nurses quitting profession, warns RCN
The number of experienced nurses leaving the profession has doubled in the last three years due to the mounting strain on the NHS and its staff, according to the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN leader praises ‘fabulous’ nursing sustainability project
The leader of the Royal College of Nursing has described a new toolkit designed to encourage sustainability in nursing as “fabulous resource” for student nurses and their educators. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 27, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Improving Digital Literacy
This document outlines why digital capabilities are so important in the provision of the best care; why the right digital knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes are important and relevant to each working in health and care; and what those digital capabilities are. It details the work undertaken to date on the digital literacy programme of work and also highlights the Royal College of Nursing's focus on developing digital capabilities in the nursing and midwifery workforce. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Important milestone reached for national nursing archive
The Royal College of Nursing ’s library and archive in London has received accreditation from the National Archives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS attended to 9,000 FGM cases in England last year, report reveals
Report reveals slight drop on figures from 2016 – but Royal College of Nursing says number is not falling fast enoughMore than 9,000 attendances to NHS services in England last year involved the identification or treatment of female genital mutilation, a report has revealed.The data,released by NHS Digital and covering the period from April 2016 to March 2017, includes figures from both NHS trusts and GP practices.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 4, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Female genital mutilation (FGM) Health Women & wellbeing Life and style Society NHS UK news Source Type: news

Health unions call for the government to act on public sector pay
Seventeen unions representing employees across the NHS have today (Tuesday) expressed anger and deep disappointment at the government’s failure to deal with the ongoing public sector pay crisis. Unions say health staff are angry that ministers have still not said they will allow the pay review bodies to operate without interference, and will fully fund any recommendations they make. NHS unions insist that another year of pay restraint is wholly unacceptable, and will cause long-lasting damage to the health service, its patients and its workforce. The unions have also repeated the offer they made to health secretary J...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 4, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release NHS public sector pay Source Type: news

Nurse protests begin with warning of strike ballot if pay cap remains
The Royal College of Nursing has said its members are taking an “unprecedented stand” today as they take part in a series of protests across the UK over pay, while warning of a potential ballot over strike action. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 26, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN to draw up first ever protocol for ‘animal therapy’
The Royal College of Nursing has announced that it will create the first ever nationwide protocol for animals in healthcare in a bid to encourage more hospitals to explore the therapy area. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Breaking: RCN to launch summer of protest following Queen's speech
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced that its members will hold a summer-long protest following the Prime Minister's failure to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap in the Queen's speech today (21 June).Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - June 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: aharrold Tags: Professional Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

Jeremy Hunt hints at end to pay restraint for NHS nurses
The health secretary has revealed to NHS bosses that he is planning to relay concerns about staff pay to the chancellor, following a meeting with the head the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Learning disability nurse is Northern Ireland ‘nurse of the year’
Siobhan Rogan from Omagh was celebrating last night, after being named the Royal College of Nursing ’s Northern Ireland nurse of the year for 2017. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 9, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN calls on May for greater focus on health and social care
Health and social care must be a “greater priority” for the next government, the leader of the Royal College of Nursing has said in the wake of the general election result. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 9, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses advised to ensure own safety in terrorist incidents
Nurses should ensure their own safety before acting as a first responder in a terrorist incident, according to guidance from the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 8, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

First credentialing scheme for advanced nurses rolls out
A credentialing programme for nurses working at an advanced level of practice is being rolled out across the country by the Royal College of Nursing, following a successful pilot scheme. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Help for nurses to spot trafficking victims
The Royal College of Nursing has launched a new guide to help nurses spot victims of trafficking and address the lack of modern slavery awareness training in the NHS. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RCN responds to Conservative Party absence at 2017 Congress
The Royal College of Nursing has responded to the Conservative Party over its'failure'to send a speaker to this year's RCN Congress.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - May 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: aharrold Tags: Professional Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

Nurses to get free ‘pocket guide’ to help tackle modern slavery
Nurses will receive a new guide to help spot victims of trafficking and address the lack of modern slavery awareness training in the NHS, the Royal College of Nursing has announced. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call for ‘parity of esteem’ between mental and physical health
A mental health campaigner has urged the government to back the Royal College of Nursing ’s call for “parity of esteem” for mental health with physical conditions at the union’s annual conference. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Standards for the weighing of Infants, children and young people
The Royal College of Nursing has published Standards for the weighing of infants, children and young people in the acute health care setting. This document sets out the RCN's position in relation to the weighing of infants, children and young people and includes guidance on preparing them for weighing, timing and frequency of measurement, record keeping and auditing and benchmarking. It focuses primarily on the weighing of children in the acute hospital setting (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RCN leader writes to PM on behalf of ‘disrespected’ congress
The Royal College of Nursing ’s chief executive has written to the prime minister to reflect the “extreme dissatisfaction” felt over the lack of a Conservative speaker at its annual conference. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

PM accused of ‘contempt’ for RCN with congress no-show
The prime minister has shown “contempt” to the Royal College of Nursing and nurses generally by not attending this year’s RCN annual conference, according to its members. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Union condemns cuts to school nurses
The Royal College of Nursing voices concern over drops in school nurse and health visitor numbers. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news