Matron, Complex Health, Wythenshawe Hospital
On a typical day
I start my day by looking at the staffing levels for my wards to ensure they are staffed safely. The Matrons then meet twice daily to discuss staffing for the Hospital. This gives us the opportunity to identify areas of concern and support our colleagues throughout the Trust. Ensuring efficient patient flow is a priority, so that our patients in the Emergency Department are moved to the appropriate ward in a timely manner.
My role is also to ensure high standards of care are delivered and that wards are striving for improvement. I therefore conduct regular walk rounds of my wards, paying particular attention to the environment and documentation. The Matron’s role is varied and involves reporting to department and divisional colleagues, answering complaints, advising on and escalating safeguarding issues and being a visible leader.
My nursing journey and career
I decided to become a nurse after years of working in banking and finance because I wanted to do something that made a difference. I started my career working in Medicine and loved it so much that I stayed as a Band 5 staff nurse for 10 years before becoming a Ward Sister in the same Division.
Following a few years working on the Integrated Discharge Team, I moved to the Pulmonary Oncology Unit as a Ward Manager which I thoroughly enjoyed and was fortunate enough to be promoted to Matron in Complex Health.
One way I’ve made a difference as a nurse or midwife
I am a compassionate leader who staff can come to for help and support. I have always tried to go the extra mile for my patients and do the best I can.
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