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Community Psychiatric Nurses

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many community psychiatric nurses there were in each health region in England and Wales in 1979; how many there are at present; and how many he estimates there will be in 1991.

Information in the exact form requested is not collected centrally. The number of nursing staff employed in the community psychiatric service in each region in England at September 1981 and September 1986 is shown in the table. Comparable information is not available for 1979.It is for indiviual health authorities to plan the future number of community psychiatic nursing staff they require in the light of their needs and the resources which can be devoted to meet those needs.The information for Wales is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

NHS Community Psychiatric Nursing Staff (Mental Illness) at 30
September: whole time equivalents: England
Region19811986Percentage change 1981–86
East Anglian50106112
NW Thames69168143
NE Thames9713741
SE Thames36208478
SW Thames13420956
South Western9514755
West Midlands53255384
North Western78228194
London Post Graduate SHA12100

Source: DHSS annual census of NHS non-medical manpower.

Note: All figures independently rounded to the nearest whole-time equivalent.