Recruitment fears over matron scheme

    Plans to recruit 3,000 “community matrons” to look after people
    with multiple long-term conditions could be undermined by a lack of
    qualified nursing staff.

    Paul Corry, head of policy and campaigns at mental health charity
    Rethink, questioned whether there were enough suitable workers
    available to fill the proposed posts.

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

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

    However, the Alzheimer’s Society welcomed the role as one that
    could provide service users with more information and support about
    their condition and help raise the profile of long-term conditions
    among health professionals.

    Health secretary John Reid said community matrons, of whom there
    are just 129 at the moment, would be the main point of contact for
    the 250,000 people suffering with complex long-term care
    conditions.

    The idea for community matrons came out of the government’s Big
    Conversation policy consultation.

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