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NHS: Vacancies

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the three-month vacancy rate was for (a) consultant psychiatrists, (b) psychiatric nurses and (c) all medical and dental staff in the NHS in the latest period for which figures are available. (135881)

The latest published three-month vacancy rates as at 31 March 2006 for all medical and dental staff, consultants in psychiatry, all qualified nurses in community psychiatry and other nurses in psychiatry are shown in the table.

2006 three-month vacancy rate (percentage)

All medical and dental staff


Consultants in psychiatry


All qualified nurses in community psychiatry


Other nurses in psychiatry



1. Three-month vacancies are vacancies as at 31 March each year which trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (full time equivalents).

2. Three-month vacancy rates are three-month vacancies expressed as a percentage of three-month vacancies plus staff in post from the previous September medical and dental and non-medical work force censuses (full time equivalent).


March 2006 NHS Vacancy Survey