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Keep up-to-date with the latest nursing headlines. If you know of a news story relevant to nurses that should be covered by RCNi, call 020 8872 3144 or email the newsroom.

Ged Jennings and Serena Jones

Learning Disability Practice conference 2018: nurses halve length of hospital stays

Scheme has led to earlier identification and discharge of people with a learning disability

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Concern over digital app that promises nurses’ services on demand

Entrepreneur claims nursing app offers nurses flexibility – but RCN fears for their rights

Jill Nasralla

LDP conference: mother of man with autism recalls traumatic transition to adult care

Jill Nasralla spoke of the distress caused by her son's medication regimen and police arrest

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Voting opens in RCN president and deputy president elections

College members can watch the candidate hustings online

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Waive your short-sighted health surcharge for nurses, RCN tells government

Non-EEA nurses have to pay an NHS surcharge – and it's about to double

Use of agency staff ‘demoralising’ for other nurses, says Hancock

Minister’s comments spark criticism over poor workforce planning that leads to shortages

Social care

Regulator highlights urgent need for increased social care funding in England

Care Quality Commission’s report reveals picture of disjointed services and ‘care injustice’

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‘You’re guaranteed a job here’: the pledge NHS trusts will make to new nursing graduates

Nursing students at Greater Manchester’s universities to be promised employment in the region

Ed Freshwater

Late invite to summit shows lack of respect for mental health nursing, says RCN

College says it had to ask government for invite to Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit

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Parity of esteem for mental health services could be ‘further away than ministers think’

Number of young people in need of mental healthcare may be underestimated

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NHS trusts promise to slash sales of sugary drinks in their shops and canteens

Employers pledge to support NHS staff who want to cut out high-calorie beverages

Nicola Sturgeon

Nursing student bursary in Scotland will rise to £10,000 by 2020

Current bursary for nursing and midwifery students stands at £6,578

RCN will use global mental health summit to highlight nurse shortages

Mental health lead Catherine Gamble will also criticise long waiting times for treatment

Investment in specialist diabetes nurses ‘would save the NHS millions of pounds’

Boosting specialist inpatient care would lift pressures on non-specialist staff – Diabetes UK

RCN council elections: nominations now open

College members have until 25 October to apply to be RCN council candidates

Mental health services deny access to one in four children who are referred

Young people who have self-harmed among those turned away, amid sharp rise in CAMHS referrals

Toys in healthcare: RCN wants your views on keeping play items germ-free

RCN survey results will inform guidance on how to ensure toys don't harbour infections

Medway trust shelves idea of stopping sick pay for AfC staff who decline the flu jab

NHS trust accepted sick pay changes would 'not have been in the best interests of staff'

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