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 5, 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

Children ‘at risk’ from cuts to public health nursing roles
Cuts to crucial school nurse and health visiting services are jeopardising the health of England ’s children and young people, the Royal College of Nursing has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Let nurses with dementia keep working, says union
Nurses  with dementia should be allowed to continue treating patients, their union says. The Royal College of Nursing claims the move would set an example to society. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS faces 'summer of protest' over nursing pay
The NHS is facing a “summer of protest” by nurses over seven years of pay restraint after a poll by the Royal College of Nursing showed overwhelming support for industrial action including strikes. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RCN promises ‘summer of protests’ over NHS pay restraint
Members of the Royal College of Nursing have overwhelmingly voted to support “ a summer of planned protest activity, followed by an industrial action ballot, should the next Westminster government fail to end the policy of pay restraint”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN strike poll falls short of number needed to force formal ballot
Nearly 80% of nurses who voted in the Royal College of Nursing ’s consultation on industrial action over pay would support a strike, but the number that took part was too few to force a formal ballot. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New fears over nursing workforce shortages revealed
Nine out of 10 nursing leaders in the NHS say they are worried abour their ability to recruit nurses, according to a survey by the Royal College of Nursing. The RCN has also said it believes there are 40,000 nursing vacancies in the service. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Laws on safe nurse staffing laws needed across UK, says RCN
NHS patients across the UK will be at risk of falling care standards unless all four countries have legislation to guarantee safe staffing levels, according to the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Safe staffing 'must be priority' in election, says RCN
Safe staffing levels, the protection of specialist nursing posts and an end to “downbanding” are among the key priorities political parties should be addressing ahead of the UK’s general election, the Royal College of Nursing has said. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 5, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Plans for new key worker housing at London hospital
The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed reports that land at a redeveloped hospital site in North London is to be used to create new housing for NHS staff, noting the “huge pressure” nurses are under in trying to secure accommodation close to work. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 4, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Eight nurses a day’ call RCN helpline over money woes
Eight cash-strapped nurses every day are seeking urgent help from the Royal College of Nursing ’s support-line to cope with the cost of living. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 3, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN starts consultation exercise on possible strike vote
Members of the Royal College of Nursing are being urged to take part in an online vote over whether to hold an official ballot on strike action over pay. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New RCN exhibition opens on military nursing history
The Royal College of Nursing has launched its first ever defence nursing exhibition, celebrating nurses who have served at the “very heart of world conflict”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 12, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN to ‘consult members’ on possible action over pay
The Royal College of Nursing has announced that it will consult its members on how to react to the government ’s latest round of pay restraint. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 5, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN: Should nurses strike over pay freeze?
The Royal College of Nursing's (RCN) elected governing body has agreed to consult its members after the Government announced the continuation of the 1% pay cap last week.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - April 5, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: aharrold Tags: Professional Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

RCN calls on government to drop new agency rule
The Royal College of Nursing has written to the government calling on it to retract a new rule preventing NHS nurses with permanent contracts from doing agency shifts at neighbouring trusts. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 30, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS staff are giving 100%, but getting just 1% in return, says UNISON
Commenting on the announcement from the NHS pay review body (PRB) today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Health service employees go above and beyond caring for patients and keeping the health service running – often in very challenging circumstances. “The government insists it values them, but after endless pay freezes and wage caps, they feel taken for granted. Day after day NHS staff are giving 100%, but getting just 1% in return. “As the gap grows between take-home pay and household expenditure, NHS staff can’t stretch their money far enough. And as wages increase el...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 28, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis health NHS pay review body Source Type: news

Latest NHS pay award is ‘ derisory ’ , say health unions
Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) from the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) of its proposals for 2017/18, Christina McAnea, the spokesperson for unions representing staff working in the NHS, and head of health at UNISON, said: “This deal amounts to less than five pounds a week for most midwives, nurses, cleaners, paramedics, radiographers and other healthcare staff. “It’s a derisory amount in the face of soaring fuel bills, rising food prices and increasing transport costs. “The government’s insistence on the one per cent cap has tied the PRB’s hands. ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 28, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Christina McAnea NHS pay review body Source Type: news

RCN to begin separating oversight of union and college roles
The Royal College of Nursing has confirmed that it will begin to reform its structure later this year to divide oversight of professional nursing and trade union issues. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Need for better nurse training in suicide risk awareness
Suicide awareness training should be mandatory for health professionals working with high risk groups, the Royal College of Nursing has said in response to a critical report from MPs. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN to separate union and professional roles
The Royal College of Nursing will reform its structure to divide responsibility for professional nursing and trade union issues. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RCN criticises trust'replacing' nurses with nursing associates
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has spoken out against the news that NHS Trusts are ‘replacing’ registered nurses with nursing associates.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - March 10, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: aharrold Tags: Professional Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

NHS trust replacing qualified nurses with nursing associates
The Royal College of Nursing has criticised plans by an NHS trust to replace more than 20 registered nurse posts with nursing associates. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Resuscitation to recovery
The Royal College of Emergency medicine and Royal College of Nursing together with and other key stakeholders including Resuscitation Council (UK) have all endorsed the publication of Resuscitation to recovery: A National Framework to improve care of people with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in England (pdf). This guide outlines actions to be taken by the general public, emergency services, and hospital services to improve the survival rate of people suffering cardiac arrest. These include improving public awareness of how to perform CPR, establishing an effective pathway of care and a commitment to research to imp...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dearth of school nurses to deliver compulsory sex education
Ministers need to “get serious” about recruiting more school nurses if they want to introduce compulsory sex education for all schoolchildren, the Royal College of Nursing has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 3, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN calls for specific law to protect nurses from patient attacks
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said that there needs to be a specific law against verbal and physical abuse towards nurses treating the public.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - March 1, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: aharrold Tags: Professional Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

Integration agenda ‘buried under slew’ of bad plans, warns RCN
The leader of the Royal College of Nursing has called for better co-ordination of plans to integrate health and social care in England, in the wake of a highly critical report. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 8, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCNi partner with Skills for Health to boost learning resources for nurses
RCNi have partnered with Skills for Health’s Skills Platform to make RCNi Learning modules available via the new Clinical eLearning Hub. The new Clinical eLearning Hub will provide healthcare staff with access to a number of educational resources with RCNi Learning courses constituting a key offering in its provisions for nurses, nursing associates and healthcare assistants. Accredited by the Royal College of Nursing, RCNi Learning is an interactive online learning tool that supports both qualified and student nurses to deliver the best possible patient care and experience. RCNi Learning’s inclusion in the new ...
Source: News from STM - February 2, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: European Featured Source Type: news

Care home provider nursing staff accept small pay rise
Nurses employed by one of the UK ’s largest care home providers have accepted a new pay deal negotiated by the Royal College of Nursing and other unions. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 2, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Number of European nurses fallen by 92% after Brexit
Just 101 nurses and midwives from EU nations registered in December, compared with 1,304 in July - the month following the vote, data from the Royal College of Nursing revealed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news