Family community matron idea floated

Outgoing prime minister Tony Blair has floated the idea of a family community matron in a policy review.

The review of family policies said the government should examine ways of co-ordinating services for families. It suggested a single professional should lead and co-ordinate services from several agencies to develop a tailored approach for different families.

The review accompanied the official launch of the £7 million early-intervention pilots that will see health visitors undertake a two-year programme of intensive visits to 1,000 families at risk of social exclusion in 10 areas in England.

Unite/CPHVA warned that the dire state of the health visiting workforce meant the scheme would take services away from ordinary families.

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