- Mr Howard Catton, thanks for the interview;can you kindly introduce yourself to our readers?
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.
- Again for our readers, what is the Royal College of Nursing?
The RCN is the UK’s largest union and professional body for nursing. We represent nurses and nursing and we lobby government and other professional bodies to make sure our views are heard where it counts.
- How many nurses have joined the Royal College of Nursing?
We currently have over 410,000 members who are nurses, midwives, health care support workers and students from across a range of sectors and nursing disciplines.
- Rules and Roles, which are those that govern the RCN?
RCN Council is responsible for the overall governance of the RCN and policy making on behalf of members. This representative body of elected members works with a number of other committees in order to:
deliver clear, timely, well-informed decision making
ensure that the wider interests of the RCN are taken into account in its decision making
be responsive to the views and concerns of RCN members
achieve open, two-way discussion between members, Council members and staff and stakeholders.
- What does mean the slogan “What if?”
The slogan represents a set of questions about what will happen to the nursing profession if the Government continues to deny its staff the pay, terms and conditions they deserve. It key stakeholders to think about what nursing staff deliver, and how they are an integral, vital part of our society’s infrastructure which could not function without them
- Rules and roles, what will you do for the rights of Nurses, on October 18th?
On Saturday 18 October we’re joining thousands of public sector workers to support the TUC-led ‘Britain Needs a Pay rise’ protest, taking place in central London.
We’re urging RCN members to join us on this major demonstration and rally in central London
- We are sending many of our colleagues in England, you will protect them too?
Of course – we welcome EU nurses into our membership, provide advice, guidance, support and representation and absolutely recognise the hugely important contribution they make to the delivery of healthcare in the UK
- Rules and roles, what are your relations with the Nursing and Midwifery Council?
We are the professional body and trade union and the NMC is the regulator so we have different roles but we work closely with them on many issues, meet regularly with their senior leadership team and observe their Council meetings. There are some major changes taking place in the regulation of nurses in the UK including a new system of revalidation and the RCN has submitted extensive and comprehensive comments and suggestions on a very wide range of issues.
Thank you Mr Howard Catton for the interview, we will resend if you will.
Claudio Giulio Torbinio