‘We have to aim for an oversupply of nurses’ says RCN chief
The NHS must no longer seek to train ‘the bare minimum’ of nurses, Royal College of Nursing chief executive Donna Kinnair has told HSJ. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Turn appreciation and applause for NHS staff into  an early wage rise, say health unions
The government should build on the huge public support shown for the NHS during the pandemic by giving health workers across the UK an early pay rise, say health unions today (Friday). The 14 unions – representing more than 1.3 million nurses, cleaners, physiotherapists, healthcare assistants, dieticians, radiographers, porters, midwives, paramedics and other NHS employees – have written both to the Chancellor and the Prime Minister calling for pay talks to start soon so staff get a wage boost before the end of the year. In the letters, the unions – including UNISON, the Royal Col...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus coronavirus health workers nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Student nurses will be paid until the end of their NHS frontline contracts
Royal College of Nursing welcomed the clarity following a period of ‘confusion and distress’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Royal College of Nursing has welcomed an assurance that student nurses drafted intofrontline NHS services battling coronavirus in England will have their contracts honoured following a period of “confusion and distress”.It comes after anger mounted among some of the 18,700 student nurses who started working in hospitals before their training ended believedtheir contracts had been ended earlier than expected as Covid-19 cases fell and the pr...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Mattha Busby Tags: NHS Coronavirus outbreak Students Science Society Hospitals Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Nurses' leaders urge 'care for those who caring'
The Royal College of Nursing wants more done to look after staff on the front line or coronavirus care. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Greater clarity needed from PM on plans to scrap immigration health surcharge
Four health and care organisations – including UNISON – have today (Wednesday) written to the Prime Minister seeking confirmation that all international health and care staff, and their spouses and dependants, will no longer need to pay the immigration health surcharge (IHS). The charge, which is due to rise from £400 to £624 a year in October, is currently payable by all migrant workers from non-EU countries, whether they access NHS services or not, both for themselves and for every dependant they have. Last month, the UK government committed to scrapping the charge for heath and care workers ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release care workers coronavirus coronavirus health workers dave prentis healthcare staff Source Type: news

New agreement to ensure NHS staff in England are paid properly for every working hour
Health workers across England should now be paid properly for every hour they’re at work during the pandemic, following an agreement reached between health unions and NHS employers today (Friday). Since March staff have been working flat out, treating and caring for patients, and keeping the NHS running under immense pressure – but often not getting paid for all the hours they put in, says UNISON. Some NHS trusts have made sure staff are paid for every hour of overtime worked, but this hasn’t been the case everywhere. That’s why 15 unions representing staff working in English NHS trusts – incl...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus health pay Sara Gorton Unpaid overtime Source Type: news

Health unions publish blueprint for the safe opening up of the NHS
Fast, comprehensive and accessible testing, and the ongoing, ample supply of protective kit are among measures that must be in place for the NHS to be opened up safely as the UK begins to ease the lockdown, say health unions today (Friday). The 16 unions – including UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Unite and GMB – have drawn up a nine-point blueprint, which also calls for staff to be paid properly for every hour worked. The unions want to ensure that – as out-patient clinics and operations resume – the NHS continues to opera...
Source: UNISON Health care news - May 15, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release blueprint Covid-19 NHS PPE Source Type: news

Health unions call on Matt Hancock to recognise student contribution and abolish tuition fees
Four leading unions have called on the Health Secretary to recognise the significant contribution by – and disruption to – nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare students during the current crisis by abolishing tuition fees and reimbursing those already paid. The Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, UNISON and the National Union of Students (NUS) have today (6 May) written to Matt Hancock asking him to “acknowledge students’ selfless service, not only with words, but in a tangible and quantifiable way”. They are asking that he: reimburse tuition fees or forgive current d...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 6, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus nursing nursing students tuition fees Source Type: news

Country falls silent to remember all workers who ’ve died during pandemic
Commenting on today’s silence to remember and give thanks to all the workers who’ve died during the pandemic, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It was incredibly moving to see the entire nation fall silent and pay its respects to all the health, care, council and transport workers who’ve tragically lost their lives to the virus. “The sight of government offices, workplaces and homes across the UK pausing for a moment of quiet reflection brought home the overwhelming sense of gratitude we all feel. “While most of us were safe at home, these workers were putting themse...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 28, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus dave prentis international workers' memorial day minute's silence Source Type: news

COVID-19: Inpatient services, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Working with The Royal College of Nursing we have outlined some relevant advice for staff working on mental health inpatient wards. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government asked to back minute ’s silence to honour all workers who have died from coronavirus
The government is being asked by UNISON to give formal backing to a minute’s silence next Tuesday (28 April) to remember all health, care and other key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus. The union along with the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives – who between them represent more than a million NHS and public service workers including porters, refuse collectors and care staff – launched a campaign this week for the nation to take a moment to honour frontline staff who have died during the Covid-19 crisis. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - April 24, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Sophie Goodchild Tags: News Press release coronavirus international workers' memorial day minute's silence Source Type: news

Remember COVID-19 dead this International Workers ’ Memorial Day
Tuesday 28 April is International Workers’ Memorial Day, when we remember all those who have died because of their work – and renew our pledge to fight for the living. In the year of coronavirus, this day of commemoration has never been more important. And that is why UNISON is asking the country to observe a minute’s silence, to remember all the health, care and other key workers who have already lost their lives to COVID-19. The campaign for a minute’s silence at 11am next Tuesday was launched earlier this week by UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives, which c...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article international workers' memorial day Source Type: news

Call for minute ’s silence to honour all workers who have died from coronavirus
The country is to be asked to observe a minute’s silence next Tuesday (28 April) to remember all the health, care and other key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus, in a campaign launched today (Monday) by three health unions. UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives – who between them represent more than a million NHS and public service workers, including porters, refuse collectors and care staff – are urging politicians, employers, people at work and those on lockdown at home to join the tribute at 11am. The minute’s silence – held on International ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release dave prentis international workers' memorial day key workers Source Type: news

Coronavirus: TikTok donates £5m to Royal College of Nursing Foundation
The video clip app, popular among NHS staff, is donating to a hardship fund for nurses. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New PPE guidance for NHS teams
The UK Government and NHS leaders from a range of medical and nursing royal colleges have published new guidance about personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS teams who are likely to come into contact with patients with coronavirus. The guidance has been agreed by the four Chief Medical Officers, Chief Nursing Officers and Chief Dental Officers in the UK and is applicable in all parts of the UK. The updated guidance reflects the fact that coronavirus is now widespread in the community, meaning clinicians are more likely to see patients with the virus, some of whom may have minimal or no symptoms. The guidance is based ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: Article coronavirus Covid-19 gloves health masks pandemic PPE public health England Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Around a QUARTER of some NHS forces are off work to self-isolate
The Royal College of Physicians and The Royal College of Nursing have said around 25 per cent of its members are currently off work, leaving the UK workforce short-staffed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Unions announce COVID-19 support for nursing students
The unprecedented challenge facing the NHS means emergency arrangements have been put in place regarding nursing students. The trade unions representing nursing students – UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing and Unite – have made an agreement with The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and chief nursing officers across the UK that enables more experienced students to be able to help their NHS colleagues where they can, be paid and have this work count towards their learning. UNISON has also been given assurances that longer-term learning is protected. Nursing students will be given adequate time and supp...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 26, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: News coronavirus coronavirus health workers Covid-19 NHS nurse nursing Source Type: news

Coronavirus guidance for NHS trusts and health staff published
Guidance for hospitals and NHS staff about the risks posed by the coronavirus has today (Thursday) been published by NHS employers and unions. The advice is being circulated to the 241 NHS trusts across the UK. It seeks to ensure that every part of the NHS is fully prepared should any patients with suspected Covid-19 require a diagnosis or treatment. The aim is to ensure staff know exactly what to do with individuals who’re concerned they have the virus and how to treat infected patients, with minimal risk to themselves. The guidance also seeks to reassure both health employees and the public, alerting everyone to be...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus Covid-19 health and safety NHS staff Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Futureproofing community children ’s nursing
The Royal College of Nursing has issued guidance on future children and young people ’s nursing services in the home and community settings. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nurses are undervalued because most are women says RCN
Society continues to regard nursing as “women’s work” which is why nurses continue to be underpaid and undervalued, according to a report from the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nurses' strike NI: Why are Northern Ireland's nurses going on strike?
BBC News NI explains the background to the Royal College of Nursing walking out for the first time. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health strike: Thousands of nurses stage 12-hour strike
It is the first strike action by the the Royal College of Nursing in its 103-year-history. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Unjust’ surcharge on overseas health workers must end
The Royal College of Nursing calls on new government to scrap £400 charge Related items fromOnMedica RCN urges members to mount twitter campaign to boost training funds Home Office woes Report reveals shortage of specialist cancer nurses Ministers 'considering' financial incentives to boost nursing Nurses in Northern Ireland reject latest pay offer (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 12, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health workers' strike: Nurses begin further 48 hours of action
Members of the Royal College of Nursing are refusing to do things like working unpaid hours. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

General election 2019: Tory plan to attract more NHS staff from abroad
The Royal College of Nursing says the proposed "NHS visa" will not do enough to fix staff shortages. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical royal colleges and homeless charities call for doctors to receive mandatory training in keeping homeless patients off the streets
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), along with seven other medical royal colleges and homeless charities, has called on the Government to urgently address the needs of homeless people treated in the NHS. The organisations made their call in a collective response to the government’s consultation on the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA), which includes a duty to refer homeless patients in Accident and Emergency departments to their local housing authority. Since its implementation in 2017, it is still unclear whether the HRA’s mandate that hospitals must refer homeless people on, is having any real benefit. Ane...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Five new Mary Seacole scholars are unveiled
Five nursing and midwifery specialists were inducted as scholars at this year’s prestigious Mary Seacole awards today (Thursday 24 October) at a ceremony at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. UNISON co-sponsors the awards, which offer an opportunity for healthcare workers to undertake a project, educational or development activity that benefits and improves the health of people from BME communities. Recipients have been working on their projects for the past year, funded by Health Education England, and today is the culmination of all their hard work. The awards are in memory of Mary Seacole, the Jamaican Scottish ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release nursing Source Type: news

Royal College of Nursing begins strike action ballot in NI
The Royal College of Nursing says there are crises over pay and staffing in Northern Ireland. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Outstanding models of district nursing: a joint project identifying what makes an outstanding district nursing service
This report, written in conjunction with the Royal College of Nursing, calls for urgent investment in district nursing, as new figures show the number of district nurses working in the NHS has dropped by almost 43 per cent in England in the past 10 years. It explores all the elements that need to be in place to support an outstanding district nursing service. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nurses warn 'harmful' prescription are putting asthma patients at risk
Asthma UK and the Royal College of Nursing have called for an urgent review into the policy in England, which they have described as 'outdated' and 'unfair'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No-deal will leave NHS gasping for breath
Commenting on the statement from the TUC and health unions on the threat posed to the NHS by a no-deal Brexit, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Boris Johnson is setting a timebomb for the NHS. The promises of more cash for the health service made during the referendum were just empty words. “No deal will instead leave the NHS gasping for breath, creating chaos for the hard-working staff and spelling potential disaster for patients.” Notes to editors: – The full statement (embargoed to 00.01hrs Thursday 29 August) reads: “Together we represent more than a million health an...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release BREXIT dave prentis government Source Type: news

What does a no-deal Brexit mean for the NHS?
Last week, senior NHS bosses were ordered to repeat Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s claim that a no-deal Brexit must be carried out in October if necessary. As reported in The Independent, a controversial government briefing stated that all communications sent by NHS England must be “aligned to this script”. Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth MP calls this a “gagging order” on NHS managers. The NHS Confederation have previously outlined several risks to a no-deal Brexit, namely delays in accessing medicine, suspension of pharmaceutical research and the potential for UK pe...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 27, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article BREXIT health care NHS nursing Source Type: news

List of candidates for RCN council elections announced
The candidates for the current round of elections to the Royal College of Nursing ’s council have been announced this week. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN signs pledge to support social care nurses' skills development
The Royal College of Nursing has announced it will be working with one of the UK ’s largest care home providers to support lifelong learning for nursing staff. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 31, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Welsh government urged to end student nurse bursary 'uncertainty'
Uncertainty about the future of the nursing bursary in Wales has left potential students “confused and disheartened”, according to the Royal College of Nursing, which has urged the government to commit to providing financial support as part of a new workforce plan. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 31, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Northern Irish nurses to vote on strike over workforce and pay
Board members of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland have today made the “unprecedented” decision to ballot their members on industrial action, including a possible strike. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 29, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN agrees to explore merits of re-joining international network
The Royal College of Nursing ’s governing body has confirmed it will consider re-joining an international nursing federation amid concerns the UK is being left out of global debate on the future of the profession. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 18, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Prince of Wales launches nursing ‘cadet scheme’ with RCN
The Prince of Wales and the Royal College of Nursing have launched a scheme to give young people in uniformed originations, such as the army cadets, an introduction to nursing and the NHS. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 2, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New education tool to support under pressure sexual health nurses
The sexual health nursing workforce is in “crisis” with too much responsibility falling on too few nurses, according to the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 2, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Glastonbury 2019: Festivalgoers advised not to use laughing gas
England's Royal College of Nursing has warned people to avoid nitrous oxide, known as nos, at Glastonbury Festival this week because it can cause unconsciousness, choking and even death. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RCN backs campaign to publicly honour IVF nurse pioneer
A campaign to secure public recognition for a pioneering nurse who helped to develop  in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment has been backed by the Royal College of Nursing.  (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 26, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Urgent’ funding needed for learning disability nursing, warns RCN
Investment in learning disability nurses is in “urgent” need, the Royal College of Nursing has said, as new analysis shows the number of nurses working in this area has plummeted by almost 60% in a decade. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 21, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses write open letter to Tory leadership hopefuls
A group of prominent Royal College of Nursing members has written to the six remaining candidates hoping to be the new Conservative leader asking them to set out their policies affecting nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 18, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Value nurses to curb rise in sexually transmitted infections, RCN warns
The rising tide of sexually transmitted infections in England could be curbed if public health nurses were better valued, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.   (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 5, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Tackle reasons forcing nurses to be 'resilient', warn RCN members
Resilience is the “mask” that nurses are forced to wear because of workplace pressures and demands, members of the profession have warned during a discussion at the Royal College of Nursing congress this week. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 24, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses are routinely told by NHS bosses to put up with sex pest patients
Nurses are told to put up with sexual harassment - including rape threats and being followed in their cars - at work by NHS bosses, Royal College of Nursing congress in Liverpool heard. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Congress hears call for better nurse training in spotting sepsis
Nursing staff need better training in identifying sepsis, warn leading nurses, who are speaking out to coincide with a powerful patient presentation at the Royal College of Nursing ’s annual conference. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 22, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Physical health equality for those with serious mental health needs
A report by the Royal College of Nursing gives an overview of the work the RCN is doing to address the mortality gap between people with serious mental illness and the rest of the population, as well as their work to establish parity of esteem between mental and physical health. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 22, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RCN members squash bid to introduce elected general secretary
Members of the Royal College of Nursing have voted against a proposal to review the joint nature of the chief executive and general secretary roles. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 21, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

UK countries must share resources for safe staffing legislation
Nursing leaders from across the UK have come together to discuss safe staffing legislation with those working on the frontline at this year ’s Royal College of Nursing congress. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 21, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news