Lack of trained staff hits plans for community matrons

    Government plans to recruit 3,000 ‘community
    matrons’ to look after people suffering from multiple
    long-term conditions could be undermined by a lack of qualified
    nursing staff to fill the role, writes Derren
    Hayes
    .

    Paul Corry, head of policy and campaigns at mental health
    charity Rethink, said the government has had problems recruiting
    support time and recovery (STR) workers and other staff designed to
    bridge the gap between community, primary and secondary care mental
    health services introduced under previous reforms.

    “If community matrons are going to be recruited, trained
    and retained that will be great news but we have been here
    before,” he added.

    Paul Burstow, Liberal Democrat health spokesperson also said
    there was a shortage of district nurses which community matrons
    would be drawn from.

    Health secretary John Reid said community matrons, of which
    there are 129 at the moment, would act as the main point of contact
    for the 250,000 people suffering with the most complex chronic
    conditions.

     

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