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Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 655W, on mental health services: hospital beds, how many community psychiatric nurses were practising in the NHS in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (177168)

The number of qualified nursing staff in the community psychiatry area of work in England is shown in the following table.

National health service hospital and community health services: qualified nursing staff in the community psychiatry area of work in England

As at September

England

1997

9,736

1998

10,231

1999

10,552

2000

11,080

2001

12,224

2002

12,292

2003

13,173

2004

14,909

2005

15,844

20061

17,076

1 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 workforce 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.

Note:

Workforce planning is a matter for local NHS organisations to deal with. They are best placed to assess the health needs of their local health community. The number of community psychiatric nurses has increased by 75 per cent. since 1997.

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care Non- Medical Workforce Census.