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Howard Catton Royal College of Nursing discusses Current issues for Ward Managers

Howard Catton Head of Policy and International Affairs Royal College of Nursing discussed Current issues for Ward Managers at today’s conference including:

  • 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 looked at the nataional recommendations for the Ward Manager role from the Francis Inquiry, Department of Health and RCN and current key focus areas egarding staffing levels, revalidation, changing culture and health and social care policy including the general election key themes.

In his presentation Howard commented; 

Over the last 5-6 years nurse staffing levels are discussed more widely. This is following the Francis report. Staff levels are now concentrated on and we are recruiting which is a good thing. However this growth is not spread equally through the bands and the RCN evidence shows there are less bands 7&8

You need to look after and hang onto your staff in the current labour market

CPD is important - clearer career structures for more ward managers in the future

Look at the "Freedom to speak up review"

It's important to speak about the compliments as much as complaints and the ward environment will change


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

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. 

Forthcoming events of interest:

Effective Clinical Supervision Skills
Thursday 14 May 2015, London

Implementing The NMC Revised Code of Professional Standards of Practice and Behaviour for Nurses and Midwives
Tuesday 19 May 2015, London

Masterclass: Nursing Revalidation
Tuesday 2 June 2015, London

Safe Staffing: Nursing Staffing Levels and Skillmix
Monday 8 June 2015, London

Nursing Revalidation for Specialist Practice and Advanced Roles
Tuesday 9 June 2015, London

Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation: Implementing the New NMC Code of Practice
Thursday 2 July 2015, Manchester


Download: Howard Catton full presentation

16 March 2015

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