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Nurses: Manpower

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many matrons were employed in the NHS in each year since 1997. (156779)

Modern matrons were recorded for the first time in the 2005 annual workforce census.

Prior to 2001, the pay grade “matron” had been obsolete for over 30 years as the number of nurse managers had been recorded in the national health service census with general and senior managers.

The September 2006 census showed there were 1,982 modern matrons in post, an increase of 376 or 23.4 per cent. since 2005. Numbers of community matrons were recorded for the first time in 2005. The September 2006 census showed there were 366 community matrons in post, an increase of 99 or 37.1 per cent. on 2005.

We are committed to increasing the number of community matrons and local development plans strongly suggest this is happening. Anecdotal evidence suggests there are more community matrons in post than the census suggests.