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Nursing Homes

Volume 229: debated on Friday 23 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has on the rate of staff turnover in (a) NHS geriatric units, (b) local authority nursing homes, (c) voluntary body nursing homes and (d) private sector nursing homes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has on the qualifications of, and ratio of qualified staff to residents (a) in NHS geriatric units and (b) in nursing homes run by (i) local authorities, (ii) voluntary bodies and (iii) private owners.

The information requested is not held centrally. Data are available, however, for medical and nursing staff in the NHS and nursing staff in nursing homes registered under the Nursing Homes Registration (Scotland) Act 1938. This information is given in the tables:

Table 1

NHS staff in the specialty of Care of the Elderly as at 30 September 1992

Whole-time equivalent

Doctors280
Nursing staff9,276
Qualified4,729
Unqualified4,548

Note: Data refer to doctors working in the specialty of geriatric medicine and nursing staff in the specialty of care of the elderly. No information is available on staff working in other specialties who treat elderly patients.

Table 2

Nursing staff in nursing homes registered under the Nursing Homes Registration (Scotland) Act 1938 at 31 March 1992

Whole time equivalent

Nursing staff10,020
Qualified3,911
Unqualified6,109

Note: Excludes independent sector establishments (mainly private hospitals) registered under the Act—8 in 1992; other "non nursing home" establishments may be included.

Table 3

Whole lime equivalent qualified medical and nursing staff employed, average occupied bed days and the ratio staff beds in the NHS at 30 September 1992:

Medical staff

Nursing staff1

A verage occupied Bed days2

Medical staff: Beds

Nursing staff: Beds

2804,7299,7370·030·49

Note:

1 Qualified nursing staff working in the specialty of care of the elderly.

2 The average daily number of geriatric assessment and geriatric long stay beds occupied in all NHS hospitals in Scotland; quarter ending 31 March 1992. Borrowed and temporary beds are included.

Table 4

Whole-time equivalent qualified nursing staff employed, places (beds) available and the ratio qualified staff: beds of establishments registered under the Nursing Homes Registration (Scotland) Act 1938 at 31 March 1992

Number

Nursing Staff3,911·0
Beds214,161
Staff: Beds0·28

1 Excludes independent acute sector establishments (mainly private hospitals) registered under the Act (8 in 1992); other "non nursing home" establishments may be included.

2 Information on occupancy is not currently centrally available; the number of beds is the nearest indicator as occupancy levels will generally exceed 90 per cent.