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RCN update: setting the standard for specialist practice and advanced roles

Howard Catton Director of Policy at The Royal College of Nursing spoke at today’s Nurse Revalidation Specialist Practice and Advanced Roles conference on:

  • where is the standard for specialist practice and advanced roles
  • an update on the pilots from an RCN perspective
  • is revalidation an opportunity to set the standard for advanced practice?
  • how to prepare for revalidation moving forward

In his presentation he covered:

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

Howard Catton’s 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. 

Future conferences of interest:

Eliminating Avoidable Pressure Ulcers
Thursday 2 July 2015
ICO Conference Centre, London

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

Advancing IV Therapy
Thursday 2 July 2015
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Safe Midwife Staffing in Maternity Settings
Monday 6 July 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Effective Ward Manager
Monday 14 September 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nurse Prescribing for Pain
Tuesday 22 September 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Eliminating Heel Pressure Ulcers
Thursday 24 September 2015
ICO Conference Centre, London

Midwife Appraisal and Revalidation
Wednesday 30 September 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Clinical Audit for Improvement
Wednesday 7 October 2015
Colmore Gate Conference Centre, Birmingham

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

Eliminating Avoidable Pressure Ulcers
Wednesday 2 December 2015
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester


9 May 2015

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