Health minister Ann Keen told the House of Commons the latest figures showed 1,890 community matrons in post, compared with 1,725 case managers. There were 1,470 community matrons in post in December 2006.
Last year, Independent Nurse revealed the DoH had scrapped its community matron target in favour of allowing PCTs to appoint case managers from other professions.
NHS Confederation deputy policy director Jo Webber said the community matron role was more than case management, it also incorporated care management and in some cases commissioning. ‘Some organisations are looking ahead to the reform of social services and realising this role is where action will be in the future.'
RCN head of policy Howard Catton said he also felt the tide was turning in favour of community matrons as PCTs began to think about transferring services out of hospitals and reducing hospital admissions.
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