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Health Visitors: East Sussex

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors were employed in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last 10 years. (130971)

The information requested is only available from 2002 onwards. The number of community health professionals, which includes health visitors, in the East Sussex Downs and Weald primary care trust (PCT) area since 2002 is contained in the following table.

National health service hospital and community health services: Qualified community nurses in the East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT as at 30 September each specified year

Headcount

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Total qualified community nurses

496

494

525

571

598

District nurses

75

66

66

53

27

Health visitors

91

84

75

81

42

School nursing nurses

14

15

16

16

Other qualified community services nurses

205

220

243

285

348

Community psychiatric nurses

4

Community learning disabilities nurses

1

GP practice nurses

121

110

126

136

164

Notes:

1. On 1 October Sussex Downs and Weald PCT was formed from a complete merger of Eastbourne Downs and Sussex Downs and Weald PCTs. 2006 figures are as at 1 October 2006. 2002-05 figures are an aggregate of the two predecessor organisations.

2. More accurate validation processes in 2006 have resulted in the identification and removal of 9,858 duplicate non-medical staff records out of the total work force figure of 1.3 million in 2006. Earlier years’ figures could not be accurately validated in this way and so will be slightly inflated, the level of inflation in earlier years’ figures is estimated to be less than 1 per cent. of total across all non-medical staff groups for headcount figures (and negligible for full-time equivalents). This should be taken into consideration when analysing trends over time.

Sources:

1. The information centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census.

2. The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics