Auditing the impact of implementing the Modern Matron role in an acute teaching trust


Carol Dealey
Research Development Team
University Hospital Birmingham
NHS Foundation Trust
Selly Oak
Birmingham B29 6JD, UK


Aim  This paper describes how an acute teaching trust established the role of Senior Nurses (Modern Matrons) and an audit that was undertaken 12 months after they were appointed to evaluate the role.

Background  The concept of the Modern Matron was introduced in 2000 and all trusts had to implement the role by April 2002.

Methods  The audit comprised: measurement of progress against agreed corporate objectives and questionnaires to all senior nurses and a range of trust staff staff.

Results  The following themes were identified: Senior Nurse post, patient care, infection control and leadership. Senior nurses were found to be satisfied with their role and the preparation for and understanding of their role seemed to be successful. There were many improvements such as a reduction in drug errors, complaints and MRSA bacteriaemias.

Conclusions  Implementation of the Modern Matron role has been successful and made improvements in patient care.