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Setting the standard for advanced nursing practice and specialist nursing roles

Howard Catton, Head of Policy, The Royal College of Nursing spoke at Nurse Clinics 2015 on:

•where is the standard for specialist practice and advanced roles
•is revalidation an opportunity to set the standard for advanced practice?
•how to prepare for revalidation moving forward
•implications for nurses running clinics

In his presentation Howard reflected on the positive evidence base for specialist and advanced nursing roles saying; "it's a great time to be a specialist or advanced nurse or aspire to be one...specalist nurses are leading innovation and advancement of nursing practice and care."   Howard discussed RCN support for advanced nursing practice which include a political leadership programe currently in development.  Howard looked at the current situation for the role and over the last two years 2800 posts have been lost, however advanced nursing practice has been recognised, for example a nurse practitioner led general surgery in Ealing which has been rated as outstanding by the CQC.

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

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.

Howard was named in the HSJ top 100 Clinical Leaders list for 2015.

Future events of interest:

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

Advancing IV Therapy
Thursday 3 December 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Nurse Prescribing
Thursday 3 December 2015 
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

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

Nurse Prescribing for Wound Care
Tuesday 19 January 2016 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation & implementing the New NMC Code of Practice
Wednesday 20 January 2016 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Nursing Revalidation Preparing for Going Live
Tuesday 2 February 2016 
Thestudio Conference Centre, Birmingham

Nurse Prescribing for Pain
Wednesday 3 February 2016 
Thestudio Conference Centre, Birmingham

Demonstrating and Expanding Nursing Competence
Friday 11 March 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Download: howard-catton_1251.pdf

19 November 2015


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