As a community matron, you would work to improve the health and quality of life of people with very intensive needs or long-term health conditions. You would provide nursing and clinical care in a variety of settings, including patients homes, residential and nursing homes and prisons.
The aim of your role would be to:
- Help those living in the community continue doing so
- Prevent crisis and unplanned hospital admissions
- The Job and What's Involved Reduce the length of stay a patient has in hospital
- Provide support to those discharged from hospital
You would manage a case load of patients with a variety of complex health issues.
Your work with patients would include:
You would work closely with other health and social care professionals, voluntary services and carers to provide support to patients that takes into account their physical, mental, emotional and social needs.
Your work would involve travelling throughout the community, visiting patients in their homes. You would also meet with other health and social care professionals to decide how best to care for patients.
You would typically work 37.5 hours a week, between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Caring for people suffering with long-term illness can be very demanding, both physically and emotionally.
Community matrons can earn between £30,500 and £40,200 a year. With experience, this may rise to around £45,500.
Most jobs are within local primary care trusts (PCTs).
You may also find vacancies advertised through the local and national press, NHS Jobs and Nursing Times.
To become a community matron, you will usually need:
Some employers will also expect you to have:
A BSc or postgraduate diploma in community practice (specialising in, for example, district nursing, health visiting or practice nursing).
Been trained as a mentor.
Completed a nurse prescribing programme.
You are likely to need a driving licence and access to a car.
Once you are working as a community matron, you will usually be encouraged by your employer to study advanced clinical nursing practice at Masters degree level.
You will be expected to continue training and developing your clinical skills throughout your career.
As an ambulance technician you would respond to accident and emergency calls, as well as a range of planned and unplanned non-emergency cases. You would usually work in a team, providing support to a paramedic during the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients at the scene of an incident and during hospital transfers.
You may use life saving skills as part of your day-to-day work.
A community matron needs:
As an experienced and qualified community matron, you may be able to progress to service management level and become head of community nursing.
You could also move into related careers such as health promotion work or teaching and training nurses and community practitioners.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC),
23 Portland Place, London W1B 1PZ
Tel: 020 7333 9333
Skills for Health,
Broad Plain, Bristol BS2 0JP
Tel: 0117 922 1155
PO Box 376,
Bristol BS99 3EY
Tel: 0345 60 60 655
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