Community matron

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Community matrons provide care and support to people with long-term or complicated health conditions.

Salary range: £37,570 to £43,772

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How to become a community matron

You can get into this job through:

  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
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Work

You can get into this job through professional development training with your employer.

You’ll need to be a registered nurse in any branch, or other registered health professional, for example a speech and language therapist.

You’ll also need:

  • to study for an appropriate postgraduate master’s qualification
  • specialist knowledge across different nursing procedures and practice
  • in-depth knowledge of long-term health conditions and treatments
  • experience of leading and managing a team

Direct application

You can apply directly if you’re a registered nurse or health professional and have between 3 and 5 years’ post-registration experience. Some employers may also ask for:

  • a degree or postgraduate diploma in community practice, specialising in district nursing, health visiting or practice nursing
  • a relevant teaching or mentoring qualification
  • a nurse prescribing qualification

More information

Registration

Further information

You can find out more about working in healthcare from Health Careers.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • carrying out physical examinations and treatments
  • referring patients to a specialist
  • managing the care and support patients receive
  • identifying patients who may be at risk of being admitted to hospital when they don’t need to be
  • managing services to make sure the focus of care is in the home and community for as long as possible
  • teaching patients, carers and relatives to spot changes that could lead to conditions getting worse
  • organising extra support, like home care or respite care
  • making sure policy guidelines and procedures are followed
  • maintaining patient records

Working environment

You could work at a hospice, in a prison, at an adult care home, at a client’s home or in an NHS or private hospital.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to service management level and become head of community nursing.

You could also move into health promotion work, teaching or training.