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Howard Catton Royal College of Nursing Speaks on Nursing Staffing Levels and Skill Mix: Getting it Right for Patients

Howard Catton Royal College of Nursing Speaks on Nursing Staffing Levels and Skill Mix: Getting it Right for Patients: 

  • the evidence: linking with outcomes and mortality to demonstrate the importance of regular staffing reviews to guarantee safe staffing numbers and high quality care
  • how do we ensure advanced specialist nurses are not used to backfill staffing numbers?
  • nurse staffing levels and patient safety: should there be guaranteed staffing levels?
  • implementing the findings of the Mid Staffordshire Inquiry and the Government Response: ensuring the lessons are learnt

In his presentation Howard States: 

"Andy Burnham has noticed that nursing places are over subscribed"

"Nurses are slap bang in the middle of the pre-election political debate"

"Francis, Keogh and Berwick have put nursing on an agenda like it's never been before"

"Be cautious with the 'Francis Effect' top line figures which will be used over next few months. Need to drill deeper. Are nurses always in the right places?"

Howard Catton'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 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:

Masterclass: Nursing Revalidation
Tuesday 10 February 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Masterclass: Nurses, Midwives and the Law
Thursday 5 March 2015 
BPP University, Waterloo, London

Effective Ward Manager
Monday 16 March 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation
Thursday 26 March 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Masterclass: Workforce Planning
Thursday 23 April 2015 
BPP University, Waterloo, London

Implementing The NMC Revised Code of Conduct, Standards and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives
Tuesday 19 May 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Download: Howard Catton's Presentation

27 January 2015


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