Integrating health and social care across the UK: toolkit for nurses

Royal College of Nursing, January 2017

A new RCN UK-wide toolkit for members working in strategic decision-making roles or involved in forums around integrated care. The toolkit has a series of themed prompt questions for reflection and action. It will support members to provide confident nursing leadership to shape, deliver and monitor safe, quality and local integrated services.

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Domestic abuse: Professional Resources

Royal College of Nursing, November 2016

This page provides a selection of useful links to websites and organisations providing relevant information and support to victims of domestic abuse. Unless specified these resources are applicable across the UK.

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Personal safety when working alone: guidance for members working in health and social care

Royal College of Nursing, October 2016

This short guide provides guidance for nurses and healthcare staff who work alone. It also contains a checklist for RCN safety representatives who work on negotiating improvements to workplace safety for members and nurse managers who manage lone working staff. For those wanting more in-depth information on lone working, there is a list of sources of further information in the back of the guide.

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The Buurtzorg Nederland (home care provider) model: observations for the UK

Royal College of Nursing, April 2016

The Buurtzorg model is a cost-effective and nurse-led district nursing system founded in the Netherlands. This briefing looks at the successes of the Buurtzorg model, while also identifying some of the challenges which would need to be addressed if the UK were ever to adopt a similar system approach. The content and analysis have been updated to reflect developments taking place across the UK with regards to piloting Buurtzorg.

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Frontline First: Turning Back the Clock? RCN report on Mental Health Services in the UK

Royal College of Nursing, November 2014

This special Frontline First report Turning back the clock? Mental health services in the UK shows that mental health services are now under unprecedented strain, experiencing a steep fall in nurse numbers and available beds despite rising demand.

This report suggests that due to the loss of prevention and early intervention services, many people experiencing mental illness are unable to access inpatient treatment in their local area unless they have been sectioned under mental health legislation.  Despite pledges to improve mental health care and a new focus on community services, the last four years have seen a drop of more than 3,300 mental health posts across the UK in both hospital and community settings. This report shows that more experienced nurses have been disproportionately lost and highlights the serious implications that the loss of these skills has for both patients and nurses alike.  The report also takes a closer look at
each of the countries in the UK, outlining specific policy commitments and the current challenges facing mental health services in the different health and social care landscapes.

Click here to view the full report.