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Nurses: Schools

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2392W, on nurses: schools, (1) if he will break down the number of full-time equivalent fully-qualified school nurses by (a) region, (b) primary care trust and (c) local authority; (194727)

(2) what estimate he has made of the percentage of schools in England that are visited by a fully qualified school nurse;

(3) on nurses: schools, how many children were seen by a fully qualified school nurse in each year since 2004.

No estimate has been made centrally of the percentage of schools in England that are visited by a fully-qualified school nurse or of the number of children who were seen by a fully-qualified school nurse in each year since 2004. It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) in partnership with local authorities (LAs), strategic health authorities (SHAs) 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.

The following table shows the number of full-time equivalent fully-qualified school nurses in England broken down by SHA and PCT.

The information showing the breakdown by LA is not collected centrally.

National health service hospital and community health services: Qualified nursing staff in the school nursing area of work as at 30 September 2007

Full-time equivalent

Total qualified nursing staff

Of which:Qualified school nurses1

England

2,232

893

North East SHA area

127

42

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

13

13

County Durham PCT

26

21

Darlington PCT

8

2

Gateshead PCT

16

2

Hartlepool PCT

6

Middlesbrough PCT

19

Newcastle PCT

1

1

North Tees PCT

11

Northumberland Care Trust

3

3

Redcar and Cleveland PCT

13

South Tyneside PCT

12

North West SHA area

495

188

Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT

21

5

Blackburn with Darwen PCT

19

Blackpool PCT

16

7

Bolton PCT

27

26

Bury PCT

16

16

Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT

29

5

Central Lancashire PCT

22

2

Cumbria PCT

17

9

East Lancashire PCT

38

5

Halton and St. Helens PCT

35

13

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT

16

13

Knowsley PCT

20

1

Liverpool PCT

13

Manchester PCT

52

34

North Lancashire PCT

17

6

Oldham PCT

27

9

Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital NHS Trust

13

Sefton PCT

23

Stockport PCT

10

3

Tameside and Glossop PCT

18

18

The Wirral Hospital NHS Trust

24

9

Warrington PCT

13

10

West Cheshire PCT

10

Yorkshire and the Humber SHA area

268

130

Barnsley PCT

15

15

Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT

21

17

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust

1

Calderdale PCT

14

9

East Riding of Yorkshire PCT

4

2

Hull Teaching PCT

13

5

Kirklees PCT

25

25

Leeds PCT

47

33

North East Lincolnshire PCT

12

North Lincolnshire PCT

9

1

North Yorkshire and York PCT

19

6

Rotherham PCT

27

6

Sheffield PCT

30

11

Wakefield District PCT

21

York Hospitals NHS Trust

8

East Midlands SHA area

183

45

Bassetlaw PCT

2

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

24

1

Derby City PCT

22

15

Derbyshire County PCT

14

1

Leicester City Teaching PCT

14

2

Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT

38

1

Lincolnshire Teaching PCT

26

6

Northamptonshire Teaching PCT

23

19

Nottingham City PCT

5

Nottinghamshire County Teaching PCT

8

1

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

6

West Midlands SHA area

272

138

Birmingham East and North PCT

15

14

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS trust

1

Coventry Teaching PCT

12

Dudley PCT

13

1

Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT

22

North Staffordshire PCT

15

10

Sandwell PCT

18

1

Shropshire County PCT

9

1

Solihull Care Trust

10

South Staffordshire Healthcare NHS Trust

6

1

South Staffordshire PCT

36

36

Stoke on Trent Teaching PCT

25

24

Telford and Wrekin PCT

8

Walsall Teaching PCT

17

4

Warwickshire PCT

27

17

Wolverhampton City PCT

17

17

Worcestershire PCT

20

14

East of England SHA area

162

51

Bedfordshire PCT

22

4

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

1

1

Cambridgeshire PCT

9

5

East and North Hertfordshire PCT

16

13

James Paget Healthcare NHS Trust

4

1

Luton PCT

13

5

Mid Essex PCT

13

9

Norfolk PCT

1

North East Essex PCT

17

6

Peterborough PCT

8

1

South East Essex PCT

16

2

South West Essex Teaching PCT

21

West Essex PCT

1

0

West Hertfordshire PCT

19

5

London SHA area

327

132

Barking and Dagenham PCT

10

2

Barnet PCT

5

1

Brent Teaching PCT

19

15

Bromley PCT

1

Camden PCT

6

1

Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust

2

2

City and Hackney PCT

16

9

Croydon PCT

11

Ealing PCT

13

2

Enfield PCT

16

Greenwich Teaching PCT

17

16

Hammersmith and Fulham PCT

7

7

Haringey Teaching PCT

11

2

Havering PCT

9

9

Hillingdon PCT

13

4

Hounslow PCT

8

Islington PCT

19

4

Kingston PCT

5

1

Lambeth PCT

15

15

Lewisham PCT

16

11

Newham PCT

8

6

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

2

Redbridge PCT

19

13

Richmond and Twickenham PCT

13

2

Southwark PCT

6

6

Sutton and Merton PCT

17

Tower Hamlets PCT

10

2

Waltham Forest PCT

8

Wandsworth PCT

15

4

Westminster PCT

10

1

South East Coast SHA area

136

61

East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT

14

10

Eastern and Coastal Kent Teaching PCT

12

11

Hastings and Rother PCT

14

14

Medway NHS Trust

10

South Downs Health NHS Trust

18

Surrey PCT

28

2

West Kent PCT

13

2

West Sussex Teaching PCT

27

22

South Central SHA area

108

46

Berkshire East Teaching PCT

14

10

Berkshire West PCT

22

13

Hampshire PCT

30

4

Isle of Wight Healthcare PCT

5

Milton Keynes PCT

4

4

North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust

11

Oxfordshire PCT

13

13

Portsmouth City Teaching PCT

6

1

Southampton City PCT

2

South West SHA area

156

60

Bath and North East Somerset PCT

1

Bournemouth and Poole PCT

6

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT

15

15

Devon PCT

20

18

Dorset PCT

9

6

Gloucestershire PCT

20

1

North Bristol NHS Trust

11

North Somerset PCT

6

1

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

1

Plymouth Teaching PCT

11

Somerset PCT

9

5

Swindon PCT

10

3

Torbay Care Trust

8

6

United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust

11

4

Wiltshire PCT

17

2

1 Qualified school nurse: Qualified school nurses hold the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Specialist Practice Qualification with an outcome in school nursing—which is a recordable qualification on the NMC register. Figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Source:

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

The 2007 census showed there were 2,232 qualified nurses in the school nursing area of work, an increase of 613 or 37.86 pr 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.