How to become a community matron

You can get into this job through:

  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

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.

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

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • carry out physical examinations and treatments
  • refer patients to a specialist
  • manage the care and support patients receive
  • identify patients who may be at risk of being admitted to hospital when they don't need to be
  • manage services to make sure the focus of care is in the home and community for as long as possible
  • teach patients, carers and relatives to spot changes that could lead to conditions getting worse
  • organise extra support, like home care or respite care
  • make sure policy guidelines and procedures are followed
  • maintain 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.

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Nursing and Midwifery Access to Higher Education Diploma Level 3

  • Provider: LTE GROUP
  • Start date: 25 January 2021
  • Location:

L3 Access to Higher Education Diploma: Nursing (LOAN)

  • Provider: NCG
  • Start date: 01 February 2021
  • Location: London

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