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Midlands trust drops ward manager title


Traditional nursing titles and new uniforms have been introduced at Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust in a bid to help patients identify staff roles more easily.

Burton matrons

Matrons in their new uniforms: Sam Harrington, Julie Hastelow, Dawn Llewellyn, Mary Brearley

Ward managers are now known as senior sisters or senior charge nurses, while healthcare assistants are referred to as nursing assistants.

In midwifery teams, ward managers are being rebadged as senior midwives.

Trust director of nursing Brendan Brown said the decision was made after talking to patients, their families and carers, and a broad range of registered nursing and support staff.

“It was clear that we needed to make it as easy as possible for patients and visitors to understand the roles and responsibilities of members of staff,” he said.

“We also wanted job titles to accurately reflect the work that people do and be consistent with colleagues across the health service,” he added.

In addition, matrons at the trust are wearing new uniforms in navy with red piping – part of a strategy to make them more visible and accessible.

Mr Brown said: “The new distinctive uniform makes them easily visible to patients, visitors or staff wishing to ask questions or raise issues.”


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Readers' comments (21)

  • I don't know when Burton Hospital used the title nursing assistant, my mother retired in 1990 and on her death in 2006 I acquired her pin-on name badge that had her role as Healthcare assistant. When she started in the late 1960's her title was nursing auxiliary.
    The new matron uniform is the same as used in one of my local trusts, but is worn by band 7's in another trust that is not too far from myself or Burton.
    I also agree with Ruth Berry.

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