Community Matron

Job Description:

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

Job Category:
Health Care & Social Assistance

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


You’ll need:

  • 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:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork)
  • 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 (creativity)
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Entry Requirements:

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:

  1. Science (Biology and Chemistry): These subjects provide fundamental knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and basic medical concepts.
  2. Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for calculating dosages, interpreting health data, and managing schedules.
  3. English Language: Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, are crucial for interacting with patients, colleagues, and other healthcare professionals.
  4. Psychology: Understanding human behaviour and mental health can be valuable in a nursing role, especially in community settings.

Post School


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

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.

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.