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Nurses: Schools

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) school nurses and (b) whole time equivalent school nurses have been employed in each of the last five years. (186740)

The annual national health service workforce census collected accurate information on the number of school nurses employed by the NHS in England for the first time in 2004. The number of school nurses from 2004-06 is shown in the following table.

The 2006 census showed there were 2,968 qualified nurses in the school nursing area of work, an increase of 559 or 23.2 per cent. since 2004. Of these there were 1,129 school nurses with a post registration school nurse qualification. This is an increase of 273 or 31.89 per cent. since 2004.

School nurse numbers, England

Headcount

2004

2005

20061

Increase 2004-06

Percentage increase since 2004

School nursing service nurses

2,409

2,887

2,968

559

23.20

Of which:

Nurses with a post registration school nursing qualification

856

943

1,129

273

31.89

Full-time equivalent

School nursing service nurses

1,619

1,913

2,053

443

26.76

Of which:

Nurses with a post registration school nursing qualification

607

665

815

208

34.31

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 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 one 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. Source: Information Centre for health and social care, Non-Medical Workforce Census, general and personal medical services statistics.