Community MatronJob Description:
Community matrons provide care and support to people with long-term or complicated health conditions.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you could:
- carry out physical examinations and treatments
- manage the care patients receive and refer to a specialist if needed
- identify when a patient can be cared for at home and organise extra support
- teach patients, carers and relatives to spot changes that could lead to conditions getting worse
- keep records and make sure policy guidelines are followed
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
To become a Community Matron, you typically need to pursue a career as a registered nurse and then specialise in community nursing through further education and training. While there are no strict subject requirements for this career, certain subjects can provide a strong foundation for pursuing nursing and eventually specialising as a Community Matron.
Here are some relevant subjects that can be beneficial:
- Science (Biology and Chemistry): These subjects provide fundamental knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and basic medical concepts.
- Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for calculating dosages, interpreting health data, and managing schedules.
- English Language: Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, are crucial for interacting with patients, colleagues, and other healthcare professionals.
- Psychology: Understanding human behaviour and mental health can be valuable in a nursing role, especially in community settings.
Obtain a nursing degree, such as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or an equivalent qualification, from a recognised nursing program.
You can become a community matron by doing professional development training with your employer.
You’ll need to be a registered nurse in any branch, or a registered health professional, for example a speech and language therapist.
You’ll also need:
- to get a postgraduate master’s qualification
- specialist knowledge of different nursing procedures and practice
- knowledge of long-term health conditions and treatments
- experience of managing a team
You can apply directly if you’re a registered nurse or health professional and have between 3 and 5 years’ post-registration experience.
You might also need:
- 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
Working Hours and Environment:
You could typically work 38 to 40 hours per week.
You could work at a hospice, in a prison, at an adult care home, at a client’s home or in a hospital.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
Career Path & 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.