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Community Matron Scheme

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the community matron scheme. (105650)

A central assessment of the effectiveness of the community matron scheme has not been made. This is because monitoring the effectiveness of programmes of this nature is best done locally, by NHS trusts, working with their partners and stakeholders. However, the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, was funded to carry out an in-depth evaluation of the Evercare pilot, the precursor to the community matron service. This work enabled important lessons to be incorporated into the setting up of community matrons.