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Nurses

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nursing vacancies there were in each health trust area in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; and what the average length of time taken was to fill nursing vacancies in each health trust area in Northern Ireland over the same period. (127108)

Information on the number of current nursing vacancies in each Health Trust area in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years is presented in the following tables.

Information on the average length of time taken to fill nursing vacancies in each Health Trust area is not available; however the number of long-term vacancies for nursing staff (i.e. vacancies which remain vacant after three months) is given as an indication of those that were particularly difficult to fill.

The number of current qualified nursing staff vacancies has decreased from a headcount of 746 (678.45 WTE) in June 2004 to 583 (523.80 WTE) in September 2006 (although the September 2006 figure shows an increase from September 2005). The number of long-term qualified nursing staff vacancies also decreased from a headcount of 252 (232.41 WTE) in June 2004 to 203 (171.45 WTE) in September 2006.

The number of current nurse support staff vacancies has increased from a headcount of 105 (94.77 WTE) in June 2004 to 139 (119.67 WTE) in September 2006. The number of long-term nurse support staff vacancies also increased from a headcount of 22 (19.05 WTE) in June 2004 to 70 (60.41 WTE) in September 2006.

Number of current vacancies for nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in each Health Trust as at 30 June 2004

Qualified nursing staff1

Nurse support staff

Trust

Headcount

WTE2

Headcount

WTE2

Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust

64

63.72

5

5.00

Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust

9

7.34

1

1.00

Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust

73

71.32

5

4.80

Causeway HSS Trust

8

7.11

0

0.00

Craigavon and Banbridge Community HSS Trust

13

11.00

0

0.00

Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust

9

7.68

0

0.00

Down Lisburn HSS Trust

22

21.30

0

0.00

Foyle Community HSS Trust

8

8.00

0

0.00

Green Park Healthcare HSS Trust

40

39.60

5

4.68

Homefirst Community HSS Trust

20

n/a

4

n/a

Mater Infirmorum Hospital HSS Trust

102

100.00

9

8.40

Newry and Mourne HSS Trust

13

13.00

0

0.00

North and West Belfast HSS Trust

17

11.20

4

2.20

Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust

186

161.72

33

30.11

South and East Belfast HSS Trust

69

68.54

17

16.78

Sperrin/Lakeland HSS Trust

24

24.00

4

4.00

Ulster Community and Hospitals Group HSS Trust

38

32.42

10

9.80

United Hospitals Group HSS Trust

30

30.00

8

8.00

Other Agencies and Board Headquarters

1

0.50

0

0.00

Total

746

678.45

105

94.77

1 Qualified nursing staff include midwives, health visitors and district nurses.

2 Whole-time equivalent.

Note:

A current vacancy is defined as an unoccupied post which the organisation was actively trying to fill.

Source:

NI HPSS Trusts & Organisations

Number of long-term vacancies for nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in each Health Trust as at 30 June 2004

Qualified nursing staff1

Nurse support staff

Trust

Headcount

WTE2

Headcount

WTE2

Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust

38

37.31

2

2.00

Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust

1

1.00

0

0.00

Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust

16

15.26

0

0.00

Causeway HSS Trust

1

1.00

0

0.00

Craigavon and Banbridge Community HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust

4

4.00

0

0.00

Down Lisburn HSS Trust

14

14.00

0

0.00

Foyle Community HSS Trust

6

6.00

0

0.00

Green Park Healthcare HSS Trust

1

1.00

2

1.68

Homefirst Community HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

Mater Infirmorum Hospital HSS Trust

22

21.60

7

6.17

Newry and Mourne HSS Trust

13

13.00

0

0.00

North and West Belfast HSS Trust

16

10.70

4

2.20

Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust

77

64.54

0

0.00

South and East Belfast HSS Trust

21

21.00

5

5.00

Sperrin/Lakeland HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

Ulster Community and Hospitals Group HSS Trust

14

14.00

2

2.00

United Hospitals Group HSS Trust

8

8.00

0

0.00

Other Agencies and Board Headquarters

0

0.00

0

0.00

Total

252

232.41

22

19.05

1 Qualified nursing staff include midwives, health visitors and district nurses.

2 Whole-time equivalent.

Note:

A long-term vacancy is defined as an unoccupied post which had been vacant for three months or more and which the organisation was actively trying to fill. Long-term vacancies are a sub-set of current vacancies.

Source:

NI HPSS Trusts & Organisations

Number of current vacancies for nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in each Health Trust as at 30 September 2005

Qualified nursing staff1

Nurse support staff

Trust

Headcount

WTE2

Headcount

WTE2

Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust

14

13.84

8

8.00

Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust

6

4.54

0

0.00

Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust

47

46.80

14

11.72

Causeway HSS Trust

14

13.50

1

1.00

Craigavon and Banbridge Community HSS Trust

1

0.47

0

0.00

Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust

20

15.69

8

6.05

Down Lisburn HSS Trust

22

21.42

1

1.00

Foyle Community HSS Trust

12

11.10

1

0.50

Green Park Healthcare HSS Trust

35

30.02

3

3.00

Homefirst Community HSS Trust

22

21.00

12

12.00

Mater Infirmorum Hospital HSS Trust

36

31.79

14

9.51

Newry and Mourne HSS Trust

3

2.15

0

0.00

North and West Belfast HSS Trust

28

23.65

21

18.58

Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust

156

136.26

45

36.00

South and East Belfast HSS Trust

16

16.00

0

0.00

Sperrin/Lakeland HSS Trust

18

17.00

8

8.00

Ulster Community and Hospitals Group HSS Trust

22

20.89

6

6.00

United Hospitals Group HSS Trust

12

11.60

5

4.45

Other Agencies and Board Headquarters

1

1.00

0

0.00

Total

485

438.72

147

125.81

1 Qualified nursing staff include midwives, health visitors and district nurses.

2 Whole-time equivalent.

Note:

A current vacancy is defined as an unoccupied post which the organisation was actively trying to fill.

Source:

NI HPSS Trusts & Organisations

Number of long-term vacancies for nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in each Health Trust as at 30 September 2005

Qualified nursing staff1

Nurse support staff

Trust

Headcount

WTE2

Headcount

WTE2

Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust

10

9.80

3

3.00

Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust

17

16.80

9

6.59

Causeway HSS Trust

1

1.00

0

0.00

Craigavon and Banbridge Community HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust

5

3.70

0

0.00

Down Lisburn HSS Trust

3

3.00

0

0.00

Foyle Community HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

Green Park Healthcare HSS Trust

26

21.02

3

3.00

Homefirst Community HSS Trust

6

6.00

0

0.00

Mater Infirmorum Hospital HSS Trust

33

28.79

13

8.51

Newry and Mourne HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

North and West Belfast HSS Trust

16

12.65

6

3.58

Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust

4

4.00

0

0.00

South and East Belfast HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

Sperrin/Lakeland HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

Ulster Community and Hospitals Group HSS Trust

5

4.47

2

2.00

United Hospitals Group HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

Other Agencies and Board Headquarters

0

0.00

0

0.00

Total

126

111.23

36

26.68

1 Qualified nursing staff include midwives, health visitors and district nurses.

2 Whole-time equivalent.

Note:

A long-term vacancy is defined as an unoccupied post which had been vacant for three months or more and which the organisation was actively trying to fill. Long-term vacancies are a sub-set of current vacancies.

Source:

NI HPSS Trusts & Organisations

Number of current vacancies for nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in each Health Trust as at 30 September 2006

Qualified nursing staff1

Nurse support staff

Trust

Headcount

WTE2

Headcount

WTE2

Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust

36

33.80

6

5.50

Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust

5

4.80

0

0.00

Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust

19

18.52

12

12.00

Causeway HSS Trust

41

39.50

5

4.00

Craigavon and Banbridge Community HSS Trust

11

9.54

6

5.40

Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust

29

24.50

9

7.22

Down Lisburn HSS Trust

7

6.56

2

1.00

Foyle Community HSS Trust

8

3.55

7

5.54

Green Park Healthcare HSS Trust

79

63.37

18

16.91

Homefirst Community HSS Trust

42

34.98

14

9.73

Mater Infirmorum Hospital HSS Trust

42

34.40

20

15.95

Newry and Mourne HSS Trust

3

3.00

0

0.00

North and West Belfast HSS Trust

31

27.39

18

16.23

Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust

49

44.27

5

4.53

South and East Belfast HSS Trust

103

99.50

0

0.00

Sperrin/Lakeland HSS Trust

40

40.00

3

2.06

Ulster Community and Hospitals Group HSS Trust

32

30.12

8

7.60

United Hospitals Group HSS Trust

6

6.00

6

6.00

Other Agencies and Board Headquarters

0

0.00

0

0.00

Total

583

523.80

139

119.67

1 Qualified nursing staff include midwives, health visitors and district nurses.

2 Whole-time equivalent.

Note:

A current vacancy is defined as an unoccupied post which the organisation was actively trying to fill.

Source:

NI HPSS Trusts & Organisations

Number of long-term vacancies for nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff in each Health Trust as at 30 September 2006

Qualified nursing staff1

Nurse support staff

Trust

Headcount

WTE2

Headcount

WTE2

Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust

13

12.86

0

0.00

Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust

4

3.80

0

0.00

Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust

10

9.52

8

8.00

Causeway HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

Craigavon and Banbridge Community HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust

4

3.06

2

1.60

Down Lisburn HSS Trust

3

2.56

0

0.00

Foyle Community HSS Trust

1

1.00

0

0.00

Green Park Healthcare HSS Trust

44

32.00

3

3.00

Homefirst Community HSS Trust

26

21.30

14

9.73

Mater Infirmorum Hospital HSS Trust

37

29.40

20

15.95

Newry and Mourne HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

North and West Belfast HSS Trust

21

18.86

13

12.53

Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust

24

22.47

2

2.00

South and East Belfast HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

Sperrin/Lakeland HSS Trust

0

0.00

0

0.00

Ulster Community and Hospitals Group HSS Trust

13

11.62

8

7.60

United Hospitals Group HSS Trust

3

3.00

0

0.00

Other Agencies and Board Headquarters

0

0.00

0

0.00

Total

203

171.45

70

60.41

1 Qualified nursing staff include midwives, health visitors and district nurses.

2 Whole-time equivalent.

Note:

A long-term vacancy is defined as an unoccupied post which had been vacant for three months or more and which the organisation was actively trying to fill. Long-term vacancies are a sub-set of current vacancies.

Source:

NI HPSS Trusts & Organisations