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Spinal Injury Units

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations the supra-regional forum has received from spinal injury units on the need for central Government funding for psychologists and peripatetic nurses; and if he will make a statement.

I understand that the supra-regional services advisory group is now receiving applications for funding in 1991–92. It is too early to specify how many spinal injury units will request additional funds for psychologists or peripatetic nurses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list, for each spinal injury unit, the number of beds in the unit, the number of psychologists and peripatetic nurses employed at the unit and the source of funding for each of these positions;(2) when the first psychologist was appointed to a spinal injury unit; and what is the accepted role of psychologists and peripatetic nurses at spinal injury units.

The table shows the average daily available bed numbers. Information on the numbers and funding of psychologists and peripatetic nurses is not available centrally and the question of their role is for determination locally.

NHS Spinal Units, England 1988–89
Hospital siteAverage Daily Available Beds
Hexham General Hospital34
Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield23
Lodge Moor Hospital, Sheffield43
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore20
Odstock Hospital, Salisbury39
Southport Promenade Hospital35
Stoke Mandeville Hospital*
Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry*
*Data for these spinal units were not separated in the statistical return from data on other beds and it is not possible to give a useful figure.