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Schools: Nurses

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school nurses there are in England. (197478)

I have been asked to reply.

The annual national health service work force 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 2004-07 is shown in the following table.

The 2007 census showed there were 2,232 qualified nurses in the school nursing area of work in England, an increase of 613 or 37.86 per cent. since 2004. Of these there were 893 school nurses with a post registration school nurse qualification. This is an increase of 286 or 47.12 per cent. since 2004.

School nurse numbers—England

2004

2005

20061

2007

Increase 2004-07

Percentage increase since 2004

Headcount

School nursing service nurses

2,409

2,887

2,968

3,162

753

31.25

of which:

Nurses with a post registration school nursing qualification

856

943

1,129

1,227

371

43.3

Full-time equivalent

School nursing service nurses

1,619

1,913

2,053

2,232

613

37.86

of which:

Nurses with a post registration school nursing qualification

607

665

815

893

286

47.12

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.

Source:

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in England do not have access to a school nurse. (197479)

I have been asked to reply.

Information is not collected centrally on how many schools in England do not have access to a school nurse.

It is for primary care trusts in partnership with local authorities, strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders to determine how best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health, and to commission services accordingly. This process provides the means for addressing local needs within the health community including the provision of school nursing services.