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Health Professions: Barnet

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospital doctors, (b) nurses, (c) GPs, (d) GP practice nurses, (e) nurse practitioners, (f) modern matrons, (g) community matrons and (h) NHS managers there were in Barnet in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. (177908)

The information requested is held at national health service trust level only.

The table shows the data held for Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, Barnet primary care trust and the Royal Free Hampstead NHS trust, which serve the Barnet area, and the former Barnet health authority. 1997 data is available only for the Royal Free Hampstead NHS trust, and Barnet health authority. Latest available data is for 2006.

Over 1.33 million people were employed in the NHS in England as at September 2006. Between September 1997 and 2006 the total number of NHS staff increased by over 280,000 (27 per cent.); the number of doctors and hospital dentists employed in the NHS in England increased by 35,993 (40 per cent.) to 125,612; the number of nurses employed in the NHS in England increased by 79,479 (25 per cent.) to 398,335; and the total number of qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff employed in the NHS in England increased by 38,200 (40 per cent.) to 134,498.

We are now moving away from year-on-year growth in the NHS workforce to more of a steady state where there is a closer match between demand and supply. The focus now is strengthening frontline capacity through increases in productivity and skill mix. In some cases, productivity gains may mean that fewer staff are needed to deliver the same service outcomes.

All qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff, medical and dental staff1, general practitioners (GPs) (excluding retainers and registrars)2 and practice nurses in each specified organisation as at 30 September each specified year

Number (headcount)

1997

2006

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS trust specified staff total

3

2,366

All doctors

3

585

Of which:

Medical and dental staff2

3

585

GPs (excluding retainers and registrars)2

3

3

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

3

1,692

Of which:

Practice nurses

3

3

Modern matron

3

11

Community matron

3

0

Administrative managers

3

89

Barnet health authority*

GPs (excluding retainers and registrars)2

195

n/a

Practice nurses

135

n/a

Barnet PCT specified staff total

3

711

All doctors

3

246

Of which:

Medical and dental staff1

3

28

GPs (excluding retainers and registrars)2

3

218

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

3

389

Of which:

Practice nurses

3

133

Modern matron

3

3

Community matron

3

0

Administrative managers

76

Royal Free Hampstead NHS trust

1,965

2,877

All doctors

462

737

Of which:

Medical and dental staff1

462

737

GPs (excluding retainers and registrars)2

3

3

Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

1,402

2,035

Of which:

Practice nurses

3

3

Modern matron

3

10

Community matron

3

0

Administrative managers

101

105

1 Excludes medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants, most of whom are GPs working part time in hospitals. 2 General medical practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars) includes GP Providers and GP Others. 3 Data not available. The numbers of modern matrons were not collected until 2005, and community matrons were not collected until 2006. Note: 1. Due to a high number of organisation mergers in the Barnet area it is impossible to accurately map figures from predecessor to current trust organisation structures to provide data for 1997. The Royal Free Hampstead NHS trust has remained consistent, so figures are included. *The exception is GPs and their staff recorded in the former Barnet health authority in 1997 which is consistent with the current Barnet PCT. In 1997 there were 195 GPs (excluding retainers and registrars) and 135 Practice Nurses in Barnet Health Authority. 2. GP Census does not display nurse practitioners as a separate work area. Source: The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census. The Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census. The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.