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Clinicians in the classroom: The matron

02 June 2016
7 min read
Volume 24 · Issue 6

Abstract

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.

This article is the last in a series exploring expert clinicians' participation in teaching pre-registration midwifery students in the classroom setting. It will consider sessions facilitated by Paula Briody, matron for intrapartum care at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust. Paula facilitates sessions with students in the third year of their programme of study, entitled ‘working as a professional’ and ‘employer/employee responsibilities’. Midwifery students at the University of Northampton are privileged to be taught by an expert clinician such as Paula, whose varied career to date has equipped her with a unique set of skills that she is keen to share with the next generation of midwives. The unpredictable nature of the clinical area means senior midwives cannot commit to facilitating student learning in the hospital environment as the demands of the service must come first; however, the timetabling of classroom-based sessions means students are guaranteed protected time to learn about this key position.

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