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Occupational Therapy

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vacancies for occupational therapists there are within the national health service in Northern Ireland. [111797]

As at the 30th September 2002 there were occupational therapy vacancies amounting to a Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) of 46.31. Occupational therapy vacancies detailed by Trust are given in the table below.

Trust1Whole time equivalent
Homefirst Community20
North and West Belfast7
Sperrin Lakeland0
Armagh and Dungannon0
Causeway3
Mater Hospital0
United Hospitals Group0
Craigavon and Banbridge0
Altnagelvin0
Foyle (including Westcare)2
Royal Group of Hospitals4
Belfast City Hospital3
Newry and Mourne0
Craigavon Area Hospital0
Ulster Hospital3
Green Park2
South and East Belfast2.31
Total46.31
1The above figures do not include vacancy numbers from Down Lisburn HSS Trust

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals are awaiting speech therapy assessment in Northern Ireland; and how many have been waiting for longer than six months. [111802]

Information on the number of individuals awaiting speech therapy assessment is not collected centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, information is collected centrally on completed waiting times for a first outpatient appointment of an episode of care with a community speech and language therapist. In the quarter ending 31 December 2002, 2,480 persons attended their first out-patient appointment. Of these, 209 (8.4 per cent.) had waited for six months or more.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are awaiting occupational therapy assessment in Northern Ireland; and how many have waited more than six months. [111798]

At 31 December 2002 (the latest date for which such information is available), there were 9,784 persons awaiting assessment by community occupational therapists, of which 3,697 (37.8 per cent.) had been waiting for six months or more.