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Community matron

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

Average salary (a year)

£43,000 Starter


£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm flexibly

How to become

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How to become Community matron

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You can apply to do a Community Nurse Specialist Practitioner or Specialist Community Public Health Nurse Level 7 Professional Apprenticeship, if you're already a registered nurse.

This can take between 2 and 3 years to complete.

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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

Find out more about how you can develop your nursing career through the NHS Leadership Academy.

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

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Further information

You can find out more about working in healthcare from Health Careers.

What it takes

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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

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

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

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could train to become a nurse specialist practitioner, providing advanced care for people in the community, while leading a team.

You could move into service management and become head of community nursing.

You might also work in health promotion, teaching or training.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Community matron right now.

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Courses In England

Access To Nursing

  • Provider: On Course South West
  • Start date: 21 September 2024
  • Location: E-assessor

Access to HE - Nursing

  • Provider: Harrow, Richmond & Uxbridge Colleges (HRUC)
  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Harrow

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