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Nurses

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many agencies were used by NHS trusts to recruit nurses in each year since 1997; and if he will list the agencies used by NHS trusts to recruit nurses in 2002–03. [107730]

Prior to the commencement of the regional nursing agency project plan to provide regional framework agreements for use by National Health Service trusts, information available on which nursing agencies were being used by trusts was not collected centrally.Under the regional framework agreements, the NHS is using the following numbers of agencies:

AgenciesNumber
London (specialist nurses)29
London (general nurses)72
North West (all types)40
South West (all types)45
Eastern (all types)45
West Midlands (all types)59

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many registered nurses actively recruited to the NHS from abroad are employed within the NHS in England; [106211](2) how many registered nurses were actively recruited to the NHS from abroad in

(a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01, (c) 2001–02 and (d) since April 2002 in (i) England, (ii) each NHS region and (iii) each strategic health authority. [106210]

The Nursing and Midwifery Council registers all nurses who work in the United Kingdom and hold statistics for the number of overseas nurses who are accepted onto their register.Through government to government agreements (Philippines, India and Spain), 1,092 nurses have been recruited.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of registered nurses working in the NHS at the beginning of the year remained working in the NHS at the end of the year in (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02; and if he will make a statement. [106212]

The information requested is not collected centrally.Between September 1999 and March 2002, there has been a net increase of 28,740 qualified nurses employed in the national health service.Information on the number of nurses leaving the Nursing and Midwifery Council register is available From their website at www.nmc-uk.org.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the number of nurses leaving the NHS; and if he will make a statement. [107683]

[holding answer 7 April 2003]: The Government are committed to retaining more staff in the national health service. As a result of the action we have taken to improve pay, child care, working conditions, and access to training and development. vacancy rates for nurses are falling.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average age of retirement of registered nurses working in the NHS in England was at the last date for which figures are available. [106213]

Information in the form requested is not readily available. The indicative average retirement age, based on past experience, of the group of national health service pension scheme members in England and Wales, which includes qualified and unqualified nursing staff, in normal health, is shown in the table.

As at 31 March 1999Average age
Men60.1
Women60.4

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses leaving the NHS have been subsequently re-employed by the NHS through agencies, in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [107684]

[holding answer 7 Apri1 2003]: Information on the number of nurses who leave the national health service is not collected centrally.Since 1997, there has been a net increase of 39,500 in the NHS nursing workforce (this figure excludes agency staff and takes account of leavers and joiners). We aim to raise standards and achieve value for money by increasing the number of permanent staff working in the NHS, so reducing reliance on the employment of temporary staff.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses have been employed by the NHS in each of the last 25 years for which figures are available. [108028]

[holding answer 8 April 2003]: The information requested is shown in the table.

NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS) qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff and general medical services practice nurses employed by unrestricted principals and equivalents (UPEs)1, in England: 1976 to 2001
HeadcountWhole-time equivalent
19762174,086147,320
19772179,138152,447
19782185,873157,757
19792190,243160,367
197936192,052161,359
198046198,316167,097
198146208,296179,144
198246215,155185,913
198256253,881220,492
19836259,363224,971
19846266,417229,646
19856275,415236,340
19866279,231239,271
19876284,600241,981
NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS) qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff and general medical services practice nurses employed by unrestricted principals and equivalents (UPEs)1, in England: 1976 to 2001
HeadcountWhole-time equivalent
19886290,589245,404
1989296,937249,240
1990298,966250,080
199176309,781252,030
199276313,986255,691
199376310,896241,456
19947305,784247,883
19958316,893256,567
19968319,151257,891
1997318,856256,093
19986323,457257,596
19996329,637261,340
2000335,952266,987
2001350,381277,334
20029 (March)358,381282,334

1 UPEs includes GMS Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Salaried GPs.

2 Non-Medial figures only. 1976–79 figures taken from 1982 Health and Personal Social Service Statistics for England.

3 1979 onwards Non-Medical Qualified Nurses and Practice Nurses.

4 Non-medical figures taken from 1985 HPSSS.

5 Version of 1982 non-medical figures from HPSSS as a comparison with the earlier years.

6 Headcount Practice Nurse figures are estimated for these years based on the 1997 wte to headcount ratio.

7 Figures for 1991 to 1994 may not be fully comparable with other data due to under-reporting of fundholding practice staff.

8 Includes estimated data for Buckinghamshire.

9 This figure is estimated and from the March 2002 vacancy survey.

Notes:

Figures exclude learners and agency staff.

A new classification of the non-medial workforce was introduced in 1995. Information based on this classification is not directly comparable with earlier years.

Practice Nurses data as at 1 October each year 1979 to 1999, and 30 September 2000 to 2001.

Non-medical data as at 30 September each year.

Sources:

Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics

Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census