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Howard Catton RCN discusses the current issues facing Ward Managers

Howard Catton, Head of Policy and International Affairs, RCN discusses the current issues facing Ward Managers at today’s conference. In his presentation Howard looks in-depth at:

  • staffing, Willis and future education
  • what issues are the political parties looking at that will impact on your role
  • current issues for ward managers: developing your strategic influence
  • raising concerns

Howard Catton full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

In his presentation Howard stated:

“There is a stronger focus on clinical leadership”

“The role of the ward manager is central to ward standards”

“Ward sisters should become supervisory to shifts so that they can, fulfil their ward leadership responsibilities, supervise clinical care, oversee and maintain nursing care standards, teach clinical practice and procedures, oversee the ward environment, role model good professional practice and behaviours and assume high visibility as the nurse leader of the ward…But According to RCN’s 2013 ward sister survey 65% do not have supervisory status and only 50% have budget holder responsibility for the ward/team’s staffing establishment and only 53% able to authorise additional staffing. 55% had felt conflicted between their professional nursing responsibility to patients and managerial financial responsibility to board.”

“Nurses will be required to revalidate against the NMC Code – integrate the Code into your work and encourage colleagues to do so…Get prepared join NMC Online, stay organised, get to know the Code, talk to colleagues…Keep it simple – revalidation is building on what nurses already do and Prep. Professional Development Discussion and Confirmation – need to be facilitated/planned for, consider who might fulfil these roles and how. Appraisals – ensure that revalidation is integrated where appropriate, and where it is that discussion about job performance is separate. Reflective practice – encourage this with colleagues, integrate into meetings and appraisals, utilise ward feedback as a source for reflection”

Howard Catton Biography

Howard qualified as a registered nurse in 1988 and held a variety of nursing posts in England and the United States.  He studied social policy in Cardiff (BSc Econ) and Industrial Relations at Warwick (MA) and has worked as a Personnel and Organisational Change Manager in the NHS.

Howard has held a variety of posts at the RCN, including Regional Officer and as a national policy adviser for workforce research and health policy.  He has worked for the New Zealand Nursing Organisation and the International Council of Nurses in Geneva.

Howard also served as a local Government Councillor for 7 years, for five of which he was Cabinet member with lead responsibility for corporate and customer services.

In 2005, he was appointed Head of Policy at the RCN and Head of Policy & International Affairs in 2010.  His department work with a wide range of stakeholders, including government and think tanks, on the development and implementation of policy at home and overseas to ensure nursing influence and voice.  The department also leads on supporting the RCN’s sister nursing associations and alliances internationally. 

Future events of interest:

Nursing Appraisal & Revalidation & Implementing the New NMC Code of Practice
Monday 19 October 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nurse Clinics 2015
Thursday 19 November 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Masterclass: Nursing Revalidation
Tuesday 24 November 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nursing Revalidation for Specialist Practice and Advanced Roles
Wednesday 2 December 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Nursing Metrics for Quality: Measuring quality in nursing and monitoring progress against the 6Cs
Monday 7 December 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Managing and Reducing Bank and Agency Staff in Nursing
Tuesday 19 January 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation & implementing the New NMC Code of Practice
Wednesday 20 January 2015
ICO Conference Centre, London

Download: Howard Catton full presentation

14 September 2015


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