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Mr. Howard Catton - International Federation on Ageing. Geneva, , CH

Mr. Howard Catton Mr. Howard Catton

Director, Nursing and Health Policy | International Council of Nurses


Mr. Howard Catton is an experienced national policy adviser for workforce research and health policy.





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Howard Catton talks about the right to health




Mr Howard Catton, RN, BSc, MA, is Director, Nursing and Health Policy, International Council of Nurses. He has worked in the United Kingdom and the United States and has studied social policy and industrial relations. He held various posts at the Royal College of Nursing UK, including national policy adviser for workforce research and health policy, and spent a year working for the New Zealand Nurses Organization. He was RCN Head of Policy & International Affairs from 2005-15, working with a wide range of stakeholders on the development and implementation of nursing and health policy in the UK and overseas. He was named one of the Health Service Journal top 100 Clinical Leaders, 2015. He joined ICN in 2016.

Areas of Expertise (5)

National Policy Advising

Workforce Research

Social Policy

Industrial Relations

Health Policy

Affiliations (1)

  • International Council of Nurses

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (3)

International Council of Nurses announces appointment of new nursing consultant on socio-economic issues

Longwoods.com  online


"I am delighted to be joining ICN at a time of both significant challenge and opportunity for the nursing profession around the world,” said Howard Catton. “By improving the working lives of nurses we also enhance the safety and quality of care for patients. By increasing the engagement and influence of clinical staff and leaders in policy and political decision making we will also make the right decisions for the populations and communities that we serve"...

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Revalidating nurses:what's the score?

Nursing In Practice  online


Dr Kolyva also concedes that appraisals as part of the revalidation process might not be conducted by nurses but that GPs and other professionals could play a role. However, she says that in such circumstances nurse registrants would be needed to provide a second “confirmation”. Howard Catton, head of policy and international affairs at the Royal College of Nursing, says that the results of an RCN survey confirmed that nurses had “strong views” that they want their appraisals to be carried out by another registered nurse. Mr Catton warns that appraisals should not get “mixed up with fitness to practice”...

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NHS hospitals still failing to protect patient mealtimes

Nursing Times  online


RCN head of policy Howard Catton urged trusts to make protected mealtimes a priority...

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Featured Articles (1)

Planning nurse staffing: are we willing and able?

Journal of Research in Nursing

2011 Academic research and public enquiries demonstrate the link between adequate staffing levels and patients’ experiences and outcomes. Health care providers have a legal duty to ensure (and demonstrate to care regulators) that staffing levels are safe. Yet evidence of effective workforce planning, locally or nationally, is scarce. A plethora of tools exist to help employers to determine nurse staffing required. Although not perfect, the technical resource is none the less available to support planning, but are we willing to use it? In England the different systems have not been reviewed or tested and there is no consensus about the best approach to use. This paper asserts that decisions about current and future configurations of the nursing workforce are currently taken in a data vacuum. Fundamental aspects of nurse deployment – the proportion of registered nurses, the ratio of patients to nurse – are not systematically captured or recorded, either nationally or locally. We argue that a first step in planning is to establish this baseline. We need data on nursing inputs to relate to the growing body of data on patient outcomes, to enable managers and policy makers to understand the efficacy of current workforce configurations and inform future plans.

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