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Health Visitors/School Nurses

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) health visitors and (b) school nurses were employed in England in each of the last five years. (105859)

The following table shows the number of health visitors from 2001 to 2005. The number of qualified school nurses were counted for the first time in the 2004 work force census and are also shown in the table. The overall number of nurses working in primary and community care settings—some of whose roles overlap with health visitors—has increased by 37 per cent. since 1997.

Table of health visitors in England, 2001 to 2005

England (headcount)

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Health visitors

13,053

12,774

12,984

13,303

12,818

Qualified school nurses

2,409

2,887

of whom:

Hold a pre registration school nurse qualification

856

943

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care non-medical work force census.