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School Nurses

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school nurses and school health assistants were employed by Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust in each of the last five years. (105645)

The information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows the number of nursing staff in the school nursing area of work in Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust by level as at 30 September 2005.


All school nursing nurses


Qualified nurses


Other 1st level


Unqualified nurses


Nursery nurse


Nursing assistant/auxiliary



1. Data for school nursing nurses has only been identified separately from 2004.

2. Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust did not report any data for school nursing nurses in 2004.


The Information Centre for Health and Social Care Non-Medical Workforce Census.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 568W, on school nurses, when the decision was made that the Choosing Health commitment would require the majority of school nurses to have a school nursing qualification by 2010. (109701)

A recommendation was made as part of the chief nursing officer’s review of the nursing, midwifery and health visiting contribution to vulnerable children and young people published in August 2004, and subsequently taken forward in “Choosing Health” in November 2004. Through “Choosing Health” we are providing new funding so that by 2010 every primary care trust, working with children’s trusts and local authorities, will be resourced to have at least one, full-time, qualified school nurse working with each cluster or group of primary schools and its related secondary school, taking account of health needs and school populations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS hospital and community health services qualified nursing and midwifery staff, excluding agency staff, working in the school nursing area of work were working in England in each year since 1988 by (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent, using the same methodology as was used in the answer to the hon. Member for the City of York (Hugh Bayley), of 21 May 1996, Official Report, columns 87-88, on school doctors and nurses. (107392)

Information on the number of school nurses was not collected centrally between 1995 and 2003.

Collections done between 1988 and 1994 were collected by pay scale, while the current methodology collects staff numbers by occupation code. Therefore, the two collections are not directly comparable.

The role of nurses in schools has changed since 1994 and the introduction of other health care professionals, such as assistant practitioners and counsellors, into schools has allowed school nurses to concentrate on their modern role.