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Community matron

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £31,500 to £48,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37.5 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need to be a registered nurse, with 3 to 5 years’ post-registration experience.

You’ll also usually need:

  • leadership and management experience
  • specialist knowledge of nursing procedures
  • in-depth knowledge of long-term health conditions and treatments
  • a willingness to work towards a masters degree

Some employers may also expect you to have:

  • 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

You can find out more about nursing roles through Health Careers.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication and listening skills
  • problem solving and negotiating skills
  • the ability to train other nursing staff
  • the ability to remain calm under pressure
  • IT skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll work with patients in their own homes, residential homes, nursing homes and prisons, helping them to live independently and to cut down on the number of visits to hospital.

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

You’ll work closely with health and social care professionals, voluntary services and carers.

You’ll also act as a clinical lead for other nursing staff and might train and mentor junior colleagues.

4. Salary

Starter: £31,500 to £35,000

Experienced: £35,500 to £41,250

Highly Experienced: Up to £48,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 37.5 hours a week, 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. 

You may sometimes need to work outside these hours.

You’ll need to have access to your own vehicle.

Caring for people with long-term illnesses can be rewarding, but also very demanding, both physically and emotionally.

6. 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.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016