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Prisons (Health Care)

Volume 300: debated on Thursday 13 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison establishments in England and Wales have one or more trained health care managers on their staff; and what plans he has to increase the number of staff trained in health care management. [13196]

[holding answer 30 October 1997]: Information is not collected centrally on the management qualifications of staff with managerial responsibility for the delivery of health care. All nurse qualified health care staff and doctors will have received some training in health care management, as part of their professional training.The Prison Service has an active education and training policy for health care staff, supported through central funds. Governors are encouraged to give priority to management training, particularly in relation to management National Vocational Qualifications for nurses and health care staff in managerial posts.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many health care managers working within the Prison Service have National Health Service experience; and what proportion of health care managers within the service this figure represents. [14508]

[holding answer 6 November 1997]: Information is not collected centrally in the form requested. However, data from 122 establishments indicate that on 31 March 1997, 42 health care managers were registered nurses and, therefore, would have had National Health Service experience. This figure represents 34 per cent. of health care managers in those establishments.