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Social Workers

Volume 115: debated on Tuesday 5 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the number of health visitors per 1,000 elderly people in each district health authority in each year since 1979.

[pursuant to his reply, 21 January 1987, c. 623]: The table shows the information requested for England, and for each of the regional health authorities. for the years 1979 to 1985 inclusive. (The September 1985 manpower figures are the latest available to this level of detail). To obtain this information for each district health authority would be disproportionately expensive, and even then, the figures for 1979–81 would not be directly comparable with those for 1982 and later years, due to boundary changes occurring as a result of the 1982 NHS reorganisation.

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

51984

1985

East Anglian Regional Health Authority1·11·01·11·11·10·91·2
North West Thames Regional Health Authority1·51·51·51·61·51·41·6
North East Thames Regional Health Authority1·11·01·21·21·21·01·3
South East Thames Regional Health Authority1·21·11·11·21·21·11·2
South West Thames Regional Health Authority1·41·41·31·31·31·31·3
Wessex Regional Health Authority1·21·11·21·21·21·21·3
Oxford Regional Health Authority1·81·81·61·51·71·61·9
South Western Regional Health Authority1·11·11·11·11·11·11·2
West Midlands Regional Health Authority1·41·41·41·51·51·41·5
Mersey Regional Health Authority1·41·41·41·41·41·41·5
North Western Regional Health Authority1·51·41·51·51·71·81·9

Source: DHSS Annual Census of NHS Non-Medical Manpower.

OPCS Mid-Year Population Estimates.

1 Manpower figures used are whole-time equivalents as at 30 September. Population figures used are mid-year estimates.

2 Health Visitor figures include the following grades:—

Health Visitors in the Community and School Health Services, HV Field Work Teachers, TB Visitors with Health Visitor Certificates, Health Visitors engaged on combined duties and Bank Health Visitors. Health Visitor Students are excluded.

3 Figures not adjusted for the reduction in nurses' working hours during 1980–81 (from 40 to 37·5 per week).

4 Includes Special Health Authorities for the London Post-Graduate Teaching Hospitals.

5 Manpower figures for 1984 were affected by coding problems, and may therefore be undercounted in some areas.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the number of community nurses per 1,000 elderly people in each district health authority in each year since 1979.

[pursuant to his reply, 21 January 1987 c. 623]: The table shows the information requested for England, and for each of the regional health authorities,

Primary Health Care Nursing Staff per 1,000 Elderly Population1 2 3 (Aged 65+)
19791980198119821983519841985
England44·74·85·15·25·35·35·4
Northern Regional Health Authority5·15·15·45·45·55·65·6
Yorkshire Regional Health Authority4·64·74·95·05·15·15·2
Trent Regional Health Authority4·64·75·05·15·15·35·4
East Anglian Regional Health Authority3·63·74·04·14·14·24·3
North West Thames Regional Health Authority5·25·35·45·95·76·06·3
North East Thames Regional Health Authority4·64·14·95·25·35·25·4
South East Thames Regional Health Authority4·64·64·95·25·25·05·0
South West Thames Regional Health Authority4·64·85·04·85·04·95·1
Wessex Regional Health Authority3·83·64·14·24·34·44·4
Oxford Regional Health Authority5·96·26·56·36·56·46·4
South Western Regional Health Authority3·74·04·34·34·34·44·4
West Midlands Regional Health Authority5·15·25·75·75·75·75·8
Mersey Regional Health Authority5·35·45·65·75·75·85·8
North Western Regional Health Authority5·75·75·96·16·56·76·7

Source: DHSS Annual Census of NHS Non-Medical Manpower.

OPCS Mid-Year Population Estimates.

1 Manpower figures used are whole-time equivalents as at 30 September.

Population figures used are mid-year estimates.

2 Includes all nursing staff in the Primary Health Care field (mainly in the District Nursing and Health Visiting areas of work).

3 Figures not adjusted for the reduction in nurses' working hours during 1980–81 (from 40 to 37·5 hours per week).

4 Includes Special Health Authorities for the London Post-Graduate Teaching Hospitals.

5 Some manpower figures for 1984 were affected by coding problems, and may therefore be undercounted in some areas.