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60 Seconds with NHS Blood and Transplant chief nurse Catherine Howell

  Seek out opportunities, don’t wait for them to come to you, and be prepared to stand up for what you believe in, says chief nurse Catherine Howell.
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Seek out opportunities, don’t wait for them to come to you, and be prepared to stand up for what you believe in, says chief nurse Catherine Howell

After qualifying as a registered general nurse in Bristol, in 1987, Catherine Howell worked in gynaecology and end of life care. She has spent 25 years with NHS Blood and Transplant in senior nursing and operational management roles, and is currently chief nurse diagnostic and therapeutic services.

What are your main work responsibilities?

I am responsible for the management of a national function which provides life-saving and life-enhancing therapeutic apheresis services for adults and children.

How did you get your job?

By working up the management chain. I started doing patient treatments, progressed to co-ordinating services and eventually managing the national service across England.

What do you love about your

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