RCN development programme: transforming dementia care in hospitals – evaluation report – 21 May 2014

Posted on May 22, 2014. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , , |

RCN development programme: transforming dementia care in hospitals – evaluation report – 21 May 2014

News release: Invest in nurse leaders to improve dementia care – RCN – 21 May 2014

“The RCN has today published a report into a major year-long programme which has highlighted the importance of investing in nurse leaders and dementia nurse specialists to improving dementia care.

The results of the programme, which was funded by the RCN Foundation, have been published at the Transforming Dementia Care in Hospitals conference.

The programme involved nine NHS trusts developing innovative ways to improve dementia care in hospitals – ranging from trust-wide education programmes, improving individualized care and supporting family carers.”

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The management of waste from health, social and personal care – RCN – 17 April 2014

Posted on April 24, 2014. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , |

The management of waste from health, social and personal care – RCN – 17 April 2014

News release: Better waste management benefits health organisations

“Supporting health care workers to classify waste appropriately can bring benefits to health organisations as well as the environment, according to new waste management guidance issued by the RCN.

Reflecting legislative changes and current forms of best practice, the guidance calls for a greater focus on the waste hierarchy and for more distinction to be made between different waste types.

The RCN is highlighting the need to risk assess all waste rather than simply labelling it infectious. It also argues for strengthening staff training on waste management and suggests that all organisations should consider appointing a dedicated waste manager.”

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A background report on nurse staffing in children’s and young people’s health care – Royal College of Nursing – 20 June 2013

Posted on July 11, 2013. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

A background report on nurse staffing in children’s and young people’s health care – Royal College of Nursing – 20 June 2013

“This background report was commissioned by the RCN to contribute to the updating of the RCN publication: Defining staffing levels for children and young people’s services: RCN guidance for clinical professionals and service managers, first published in 2003 and updated in 2012/2013 (publication code 002 172). The report provides a review of available literature relating to staffing child health services from across the UK and evidence from discussion with senior children’s nurses working across a range of general and specialist services in England. Analysis of this evidence has highlighted gaps in the literature and led to a number of recommendations to be included in future guidance.”

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Defining staffing levels for children’s and young people’s services – Royal College of Nursing – 24 June 2013

Posted on July 11, 2013. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Defining staffing levels for children’s and young people’s services – Royal College of Nursing – 24 June 2013

“The standards contained in this document apply to all areas in which babies, children and young people receive care, as well as across all types of services and provision commissioned by the NHS including the acute and community, as well as third sector and independent sector providers. The standards are the minimum essential requirements for all providers of services for babies, children and young people.”

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Moving care to the community: an international perspective – Royal College of Nursing – 23 May 2013

Posted on June 13, 2013. Filed under: Community Services, Nursing | Tags: , |

Moving care to the community: an international perspective – Royal College of Nursing – 23 May 2013

Media release

“The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) today expressed concern that patients in the UK, who could be cared for at home, face longer stays in hospital due to under-resourced community services.”

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Rights, risks and responsibilities in service redesign for vulnerable groups – Royal College of Nursing Guidance – April 2013

Posted on April 29, 2013. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: , , |

Rights, risks and responsibilities in service redesign for vulnerable groups – Royal College of Nursing Guidance – April 2013

Extract from the background:

“In 2012 RCN Congress debated the issue of service redesign. The debate addressed the implications of redesign: the potential loss and fragmentation of specialist knowledge, expertise and staff, and the consequent effect on delivery of high quality services for vulnerable groups such as children, older people and those with learning disabilities or mental health conditions.

This document is designed to support RCN members engaged in service redesign to identify issues and mitigate against risks. While aimed primarily at nurses working with vulnerable groups, the core principles identified in this guidance may be helpful for any member going through any process of service redesign.

Although service redesign may be required to improve patient pathways, move care closer to home, maximise efficiency or centralise specialist services, it needs to be undertaken in the context of planned and managed networks of care which preserve the specialist knowledge, skills and expertise required. The RCN believes that the NHS needs systems in place to spread good practice and encourage real, well-planned service redesign and better collaboration between all organisations involved in delivering health and social care, rather than short-term, financially driven redesign.”

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Right blood, right patient, right time. RCN guidance for improving transfusion practice – Royal College of Nursing – April 2013

Posted on April 26, 2013. Filed under: Haematology, Nursing | Tags: , |

Right blood, right patient, right time. RCN guidance for improving transfusion practice – Royal College of Nursing – April 2013

ISBN: 978-1-908782-41-0

 

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Dementia: scoping the role of the dementia nurse specialist in acute care – Royal College of Nursing – 25 March 2013

Posted on March 26, 2013. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Health Economics, Nursing, Workforce | Tags: , |

Dementia: scoping the role of the dementia nurse specialist in acute care – Royal College of Nursing – 25 March 2013

Media release: More specialist dementia nurses needed, says RCN

“The Royal College of Nursing and the University of Southampton have published a new report that calls for greater support, funding and training for specialist dementia nurses.

The report Scoping the Role of Dementia Nurse Specialists in Acute Care highlights the significant contribution dementia nurse specialists could make in hospital settings.

Research has found that if dementia specialist nurses were properly funded and trained, they could reduce hospital stays for older people by one day on average, saving almost £11,000,000 a year.

The report recommends that there should be at least one whole-time dementia specialist nurse for every 300 hospital admissions for people with dementia.”

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Patient level costing and nursing – Royal College of Nursing – March 2013

Posted on March 14, 2013. Filed under: Health Economics, Nursing | Tags: |

Patient level costing and nursing – Royal College of Nursing – March 2013

RCN Policy and International Department
Policy briefing 9/13

“This briefing sets out some background and context on patient level costing and nursing. It intends to provide basic information and to contribute to learning on the use of patient level costing in the NHS from a nursing perspective. Costs at the patient level come from Patient Level Information and Costing Systems (PLICS).”

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Dementia guide: commitment to the care of people with dementia in hospital settings – Royal College of Nursing – 9 October 2012

Posted on October 17, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Nursing | Tags: , |

Dementia guide: commitment to the care of people with dementia in hospital settings – Royal College of Nursing – 9 October 2012

Abstract:

“Dementia is a challenge for hospitals. Surveys show that around a quarter of hospital beds are occupied by somebody with dementia; a figure which increases in older people and individuals with a superimposed delirium. This important resource supports the further implementation of the RCN’s five principles for improving the quality of care for people with dementia and enabling the best possible support for their carers. This guide supplements the RCN’s film: Dementia: Commitment to the care of people with dementia in hospital settings.”

Media release

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Ward rounds in medecine: Principles for best practice – Royal College of Nursing – 3 October 2012

Posted on October 5, 2012. Filed under: Nursing | Tags: , , |

Ward rounds in medecine: Principles for best practice – Royal College of Nursing – 3 October 2012

“The Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Physicians are united in calling for ward rounds to be made the cornerstone of patient care. Medical ward rounds are complex clinical activities, critical to providing high-quality, safe care for patients in a timely, relevant manner. They have often been a neglected part of the planning and organisation of inpatient care. The current pressures of capacity and staffing levels mean that ward rounds happen while nurses, for example, are engaged in constant care delivery. The principles in the statement aim to address the common problems affecting the prominence of ward rounds and provide recommendations. Reinstating ward rounds will facilitate the delivery of compassionate care, enabling doctors and nurses to plan for care jointly.”

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Safe staffing for older people’s wards: An RCN toolkit – 3 October 2012

Posted on October 5, 2012. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: , |

Safe staffing for older people’s wards: An RCN toolkit – 3 October 2012

“Safe staffing for older people’s wards: An RCN toolkit provides a simple, practical way to explore nursing staff levels on older people’s wards, or wards where the large majority of patients are older people, and to determine whether they meet the RCN recommendations for safe care. It is based on the RCN recommendations in Safe staffing for older people’s wards (RCN, 2012). The toolkit can be used to support a review of staffing on hospital wards where older people are cared for. It can also be used to help address any associated leadership and workforce issues and provides guidance on developing an action plan that will identify how, and to whom, actions should be addressed. The Safe staffing for older people’s ward calculator (004 302) is featured as an appendix in this toolkit (this is also available as a standalone resource).”

Safe staffing for older people’s wards calculator – RCN – 4 October 2012

“This calculator is a visual accompaniment to Safe staffing for older people’s wards: An RCN toolkit (004 301). It is a simple, practical way to explore nursing staff levels on older people’s wards, or wards where the large majority of patients are older people, and to determine whether they meet the RCN recommendations for safe care. These recommendations are set out in Safe staffing for older people’s ward: RCN full report and recommendations (004 280).”

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The nursing team: common goals different roles – Royal College of Nursing – 27 March 2012

Posted on April 5, 2012. Filed under: Nursing | Tags: , |

The nursing team: common goals different roles – Royal College of Nursing – 27 March 2012

“Historically, the nursing team has consisted of nurses, midwives, students and support workers, all delivering aspect of nursing care, but with different levels of responsibility and decision making. The team has developed considerably and become more complex over recent years as new roles such as assistant practitioners (APs) have been created. This briefing aims to assist health care assistants (HCAs), APs, registered nurses, colleagues, patients and the public to understand how the team functions and works together.”

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The role of school nurses in providing emergency contraception services in educational settings – Royal College of Nursing – 3 April 2012

Posted on April 5, 2012. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Nursing | Tags: |

The role of school nurses in providing emergency contraception services in educational settings – Royal College of Nursing – 3 April 2012

“The role of school nurses has extended to provide emergency contraception and advice on sexual health to school-age students in education settings, following OFSTED’s report on sex and relationship education in schools (2006). This updated RCN position statement aims to clarify the responsibilities of school nurses when they are providing emergency contraception to students in education settings. It also highlights the importance of appropriate training, experience and working together with education providers and looks at the laws around providing emergency contraception to under 16s and the duty of confidentiality.”

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Core competences: for nursing children and young people – Royal College of Nursing – 2 April 2012

Posted on April 5, 2012. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Nursing | Tags: |

Core competences: for nursing children and young people – Royal College of Nursing – 2 April 2012

ISBN: 978-1-906633-96-7

Abstract:

“The RCN publication Services for children and young people: preparing nurses for future roles (2004) identified core children and young people (CYP) nursing role descriptors and competences. These were used as a starting point and mapped against Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) dimensions to identify potential competences for inclusion in these new nursing competences. This publication presents a detailed explanation of six areas of competence that are specific to the nursing care of children and young people. These provide a useful resource for undertaking a review of educational curricula and for anyone seeking to develop, review or influence career and competence framework development in this area of practice. It also provides the basis for competence frameworks for specialist areas of children’s and young people’s nursing.”

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Position statement on the education and training of health care assistants (HCAs) – Royal College of Nursing – 28 March 2012

Posted on March 30, 2012. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Position statement on the education and training of health care assistants (HCAs) – Royal College of Nursing – 28 March 2012

Media release

“The Royal College of Nursing has warned that nationally recognised training for health care assistants (HCAs) is essential to deliver high quality patient care.

Launching new guidance for commissioners and employers of HCAs, Position Statement on the Education and Training of Health Care Assistants, the RCN reiterated its call for HCAs to be regulated.”

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Persistent challenges to providing quality care. An RCN report on the views and experiences of frontline nursing staff in care homes in England – March 2012

Posted on March 16, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Persistent challenges to providing quality care. An RCN report on the views and experiences of frontline nursing staff in care homes in England – March 2012

“The inconsistent quality of care in care homes has been an area that, over the years, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has repeatedly identified and called for urgent action on. In 2004 and 2010, the RCN carried out surveys of its members who  work in care homes and published the reports Impact of low fees for care homes in the UK (Royal College of Nursing, 2004) and Care homes under pressure (Royal College of Nursing, 2010). What was striking about both reports’ findings was their  similarity, despite having been conducted six years apart. Findings included: rising dependency and care needs of residents, inappropriate admissions and lack of equipment, inadequate staffing levels and inappropriate skill mix to meet nursing and care needs.

The ten key challenges identified are:”
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RCN lone worker survey 2011 – 5 January 2012

Posted on January 9, 2012. Filed under: Nursing, Violence, Workforce | Tags: |

RCN lone worker survey 2011 – 5 January 2012

“The Royal College of Nursing has said that assaults on nursing staff are completely unacceptable, as new survey findings show that over 60 per cent of nurses working in the community have been subjected to abuse in the past two years.”

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Making the business case for ward sisters/team leader to be supervisory to practice – Royal College of Nursing – 25 November 2011

Posted on November 30, 2011. Filed under: Nursing | Tags: , |

Making the business case for ward sisters/team leader to be supervisory to practice – Royal College of Nursing – 25 November 2011

“The Royal College of Nursing has developed this guidance to help nurse leaders and our members make the business case for ward sisters and team leaders to take up a supervisory role. The guidance looks at the evidence nurse leaders need to complete the business case and is underpinned by the RCN definition of supervisory practice. The publication contains helpful and practical steps for making an effective case to ensure ward sisters and team leaders have dedicated time for improving the quality of care experienced by service users and patients.”

Publication code: 004 188

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Sharps safety – Royal College of Nursing – 29 November 2011

Posted on November 30, 2011. Filed under: Infection Control, Nursing, Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: , |

Sharps safety – Royal College of Nursing – 29 November 2011
 
Publication code: 004 135   ISBN: 978-1-906633-90-5

Abstract:

“The RCN has a long history of campaigning on improved protection for nurses and other health care professionals exposed to the risk of needlestick and other sharps injuries. This guidance has been developed primarily for RCN safety representatives, but other members of the nursing team with a role in infection prevention and control of sharps injuries may also find it useful. The guidance covers the law on sharps injuries, including the European Directive 2010/32/EU and its underlying principles as well as its requirements on health care providers. It also includes information on preparing your organisation, introducing risk assessments, selecting and evaluating safety-engineered devices and it details what employers should be doing to comply with the directive and minimise the risk of sharps injuries. It also includes a checklist to help safety representatives assess organisational and ward/departmental level compliance with the directive.”

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When someone asks for your assistance to die: RCN guidance on responding to a request to hasten death – Royal College of Nursing – 19 October 2011

Posted on October 24, 2011. Filed under: Palliative Care | Tags: , |

When someone asks for your assistance to die: RCN guidance on responding to a request to hasten death – Royal College of Nursing – 19 October 2011
ISBN: 978-1-906633-86-8

“Abstract
Assisted suicide generates debate on a variety of levels – ethical, moral, religious, spiritual, political, cultural, psychological, professional and legal. It is an issue that affects the nursing workforce, both as individuals and as health professionals. Most people who are approaching the end of their lives in the UK do not ask a health professional to hasten their death, but a minority of individuals do express a readiness or desire to die. Nurses and health care assistants (HCAs) are often the members of staff that patients, and their families and carers, feel comfortable enough to approach and express a desire to actively hasten death. However, such requests can provoke concern for nurses and HCAs as they determine how best to respond professionally and compassionately and continue to support patients in their ongoing care. This guidance has been developed to support nurses, HCAs, and other health professionals in adult practice who may be asked by patients, or their families or carers, to become involved in assisting suicide. It covers the law on assisted suicide in the UK, as well as the law on advance decisions. The publication includes information on when and why people express a wish to die and guidance on professional accountability and end of life care, with frequently asked questions to help health professionals respond in such circumstances. It also includes details of further resources available to improve end of life care practice.”

Press release

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A decisive decade – mapping the future NHS Workforce – Royal College of Nursing – July 2011

Posted on August 8, 2011. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

A decisive decade – mapping the future NHS Workforce – Royal College of Nursing – July 2011

“Introduction

This interim report is taken from the forthcoming Royal College of Nursing Labour Market Review (LMR) 2011. This looks at the challenges facing nursing and the nursing workforce across the UK in 2011 which we believe are the greatest for a generation.

In order to shed some light on the current and future status of NHS nursing, this report examines different possible scenarios of the supply of NHS nurses in England over the next ten years. This scenario analysis enables us to examine a number of “what if” situations and model their effects on the NHS nursing workforce in England, allowing the examination of potential future changes, such as changes in retirement decisions, or the numbers of new nurses being trained.

This is an initial excerpt from the forthcoming LMR. While the LMR will contain more contextual information, this initial report highlights the main findings from scenario modelling.”

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End of Life Care Patient Charter – RCN – June 2011

Posted on June 29, 2011. Filed under: Palliative Care | Tags: |

End of Life Care Patient Charter – Royal College of Nursing – June 2011

A charter for the care of people who are nearing the end of their life

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Informed consent in health and social care research – RCN guidance for nurses Second edition – 2011

Posted on June 29, 2011. Filed under: Nursing, Research | Tags: |

Informed consent in health and social care research – RCN guidance for nurses Second edition – 2011
 
“Nurses are taking an increasingly active role in research, developing new knowledge and creating a stronger evidence base to inform their practice. This can involve working, leading and collaborating in all stages of the research process.
 
When engaged in research involving human participants, nurses have a responsibility to ensure that the interests of participants, whether patients or healthy volunteers, are protected. This applies to all research – including studies not specifically related to nursing, such as clinical trials of investigational medicinal products (CTIMPs) or other clinical trials.”

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Making nursing visible: Valuing our contribution to high quality patient-centred care – RCN – 2011

Posted on June 29, 2011. Filed under: Health Informatics, Nursing | Tags: |

Making nursing visible: Valuing our contribution to high quality patient-centred care – RCN – 2011
 
“How can you get the best out of the clinical records that you invest time and effort completing? How can you ensure that the information you record about a patient’s nursing care can be used to promote safe and effective care? How can you ensure that the records help to safeguard vulnerable adults and children and demonstrate outcomes of care? How can you accurately share information between electronic clinical systems, and be sure it is interpreted and understood by all  involved?”

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Health care service standards in caring for neonates, children and young people – Royal College of Nursing – 28 April 2011

Posted on May 20, 2011. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Nursing | Tags: |

Health care service standards in caring for neonates, children and young people – Royal College of Nursing – 28 April 2011

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Assistant practitioner scoping project – Royal College of Nursing – 10 May 2011

Posted on May 20, 2011. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Assistant practitioner scoping project – Royal College of Nursing – 10 May 2011

“The Royal College of Nursing has published a report of its findings following a scoping exercise of the assistant practitioner (AP) workforce. The project aimed to provide an accurate picture of this growing part of the nursing team and inform the RCN about the development needs of APs. It showed that regulation continues to be a key issue for APs, nursing colleagues, employers and patients.

Tanis Hand, the RCN’s Adviser for health care assistants and assistant practitioners, said: “Our research has shown that a lack of regulation has resulted in little control over entry to employment and little standardisation of roles, competencies and education. Regulation is a key factor in public protection and considered by APs and their colleagues to be essential to the safe development of their role.”

The report analyses the demographics of the AP workforce and the range of job titles and descriptions related to the role. It explores the educational systems used to train APs and the career pathways into and beyond the role, concluding that the apparent growth in the numbers of APs across the UK has been shown to offer a range of benefits to both staff and patients.”

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Dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia: a guide for managers and practitioners – Royal College of Nursing – 2010

Posted on August 20, 2010. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia: a guide for managers and practitioners – Royal College of Nursing – 2010

This guidance gives practical information on dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia and their potential impact on an individual. It also sets out to raise awareness of the legal and professional responsibilities in respect of these conditions. Also available is a summary guide for managers as well as a toolkit for nursing staff.

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Royal College of Nursing launches new sexual health skills framework – 22 June 2009

Posted on June 23, 2009. Filed under: Nursing | Tags: , |

Royal College of Nursing launches new sexual health skills framework [press release] Published: 22 June 2009

Read Safer health competences (PDF 2.9KB)

“The RCN has launched new guidance to help sexual and reproductive health nurses provide safe and effective practice.

Safer health competences outlines the skills that UK sexual and reproductive health nurses from primary, secondary and community care settings need to develop to provide safe, effective and accountable care to patients. The framework is designed as a template that can be modified to suit local needs. It is intended to help managers and individual practitioners to review their strengths and identify gaps in their skills and abilities to determine specific training and development needs.   …

Accredited by the RCN Accreditation Unit, the document will be valid until November 2011.”

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