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Nurses and Midwives

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) nurses and (b) midwives are employed by the Health Service in each health board area in Northern Ireland. (80943)

The information requested is presented in the following table.

Nursing and midwifery staff employed within the NIHPSS by health board area as at 31 March 2006

Qualified nursing staff

Nursing support staff

Headcount

WTE

Headcount

WTE

Eastern board

7,526

6,462.67

2,397

2,002.58

Northern board

2,596

2,194.43

779

662.92

Southern board

2,233

1,868.78

729

624.34

Western board

2,350

2,129.41

726

665.30

Total

14,705

12,655.29

4,631

3,955.14

Qualified midwivesTotal

Headcount

WTE

Headcount

WTE

Eastern board

552

4,21.40

10,475

8,886.65

Northern board

266

218.85

3,641

3,076.20

Southern board

244

184.63

3,206

2,677.75

Western board

223

187.28

3,299

2,981.99

Total

1,285

1,012.16

20,621

17,622.59

Notes:

1.WTE = Whole-time equivalent.

2. The qualified nursing staff category includes 43 student midwives. Figures include all staff working within the NIHPSS including those working in health boards and agencies such as Central Services Agency, Regional Medical Physics Agency and Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority.

3. Figures exclude bank staff.

4. Nursing figures for Central Services Agency, Regional Medical Physics Agency and Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority are included within the eastern board.

Source:

Human Resource Management System