Clinicians in the classroom: the matron

Alison Power, Paula Briody

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The role of matron was introduced to give senior midwives and nurses the authority to get the basics right. Midwifery matrons’ responsibilities include providing professional leadership; ensuring that care provided on wards, in antenatal clinics and the delivery suite is high-quality and woman-centred; and handling any complaints that arise. Given the nature of this demanding role, matrons are not able to commit to facilitating student learning in the hospital environment; however, at the University of Northampton, pre-registration midwifery students in the third year of their programme have the privilege of attending sessions with a matron. Paula Briody, matron for intrapartum care at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, facilitates two sessions which give students the opportunity to learn about this key role in midwifery.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number6
Early online date2 Jun 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Jun 2016


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