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Neurology: Manpower

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has for the numbers of (a) adult neurologists, (b) paediatric neurologists, (c) learning disability specialists and (d) neuro-radiologists in the next 10 years; and whether there are targets for the number of consultants in each case. (153972)

As part of the work force contribution to delivering the NHS improvement plan, we are moving away from an emphasis on centrally prescribed national targets to a reliance on credible local plans to maximise work force capacity to support delivery.

It is the responsibility of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities to analyse their local situation and develop plans, in liaison with their local national health service trusts and primary care providers, to deliver high quality NHS services and take action to recruit the appropriate staff required to deliver these services.

The following table shows the number of medical staff in neurology has increased by 372 or 59 per cent. since 1997.

Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): medical staff working within the neurology specialty by grade and year, England as at 30 September each year

Number (headcount) and full-time equivalents

1997

2006

Number

FTE

Number

FTE

All staff

638

555

1,012

892

Consultant

278

246

506

455

Associate specialist

6

5

16

11

Staff grade

6

6

20

14

Registrar group

159

138

231

208

Senior house officer

141

140

163

157

Foundation Year 2

n/a

n/a

28

28

House officer and foundation programme year 1

10

10

8

8

Hospital practitioner/clinical assistant

37

11

40

10

Other staff

1

0

1

1

n/a = denotes not applicable

1— = denotes zero

0 = denotes more than zero, less than one

Source:

Information Centre, Medical and Dental Workforce Census