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New nursing leaders appointed by health organisations

Health Education England, the International Council of Nursing and RCN all announce fresh faces in high-profile roles

Health Education England, the International Council of Nursing and RCN all announce fresh faces in high-profile nursing leadership roles

Picture shows Susan Masters, Howard Catton and Mark Radford. Susan Masters has been announced as the RCN’s new director of nursing, policy and practice; Howard Catton has been confirmed as chief executive officer at the International Council of Nursing; and Mark Radford is the new chief nurse for Health Education England
Susan Masters, Howard Catton and Mark Radford have all been appointed to leading nursing positions

New nursing leaders have been announced by a range of organisations, in the UK and overseas.

The new chief nurse for Health Education England (HEE) has been named as Mark Radford.

Professor Radford will start a six-month secondment at HEE on 1 October and will also remain in his role as deputy chief nursing officer for NHS England and NHS Improvement.

He has been tasked with helping to fulfil the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan and Interim NHS People Plan on behalf of HEE.

Professor Radford said: ‘This is an opportunity to bring together the leadership of the nursing workforce.’

His predecessor, Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, will take up a six-month secondment as pro vice-chancellor at Coventry University.

Howard Catton named as permanent head of International Council of Nursing

In overseas news, Howard Catton has been confirmed as chief executive officer at the International Council of Nursing (ICN).

Mr Catton has held the position on an interim basis since February 2019.

Before working for the ICN, Mr Catton was the RCN's head of policy and international affairs.

On his appointment, Mr Catton said he wanted to prioritise addressing global nursing shortages, the development of nursing leadership, as well as advancing nursing practice.

RCN appoints Susan Masters as policy and practice director

Closer to home, Susan Masters has been announced as the RCN’s new director of nursing, policy and practice.

Ms Masters will oversee various RCN teams covering issues such as pay negotiations, nursing education standards and member support services.

She will move from her post as the RCN’s regional director in south west England.

Ms Masters said: ‘I want to use this experience to make sure nursing staff across the UK feel the college is tackling the problems, at work and in their lives, most important to them.’

Ms Masters start date is yet to be confirmed. She will replace Bronagh Scott, who was in the role on an interim basis.


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