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NHS: Nutrition

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dieticians worked in the NHS in each year since 1997; what the full-time equivalent figure was in each such year; and how many patient contacts with dieticians there were in each such year. (206667)

The number and full-time equivalent figure for dieticians working in the national health service in each year since 1997 is shown in the following table.

The number of patient contacts with dieticians is not collected centrally.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services: Dieticians 1997-2007 number and full-time equivalent (FTE), England as at 30 September each year

Dietetics—Numbers

Dietetics FTE

1997

2,287

1,864

1998

2,383

1,961

1999

2,517

2,058

2000

2,607

2,129

2001

2,772

2,255

2002

2,906

2,377

2003

3,122

2,565

2004

3,235

2,664

2005

3,407

2,792

2006

3,413

2,823

2007

3,513

2,924

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many weight management counsellors are employed by each strategic health authority. (206077)

Weight management counsellors are not identified in the national health service work force census. However this role may be undertaken by dieticians; the number of dieticians by strategic health authority (SHA) is shown on the following tables.

NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS): qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical (ST and T) staff by SHA area—England as at September 2007

Headcount

England

North east

North west

Yorkshire and the Humber

East Midlands

West Midlands

East of England

London

South east coast

South central

South west

Special health authorities and others

All qualified dietetics staff

3,513

192

551

427

229

335

336

688

229

225

301

0

Consultant Therapist

7

1

0

0

0

1

1

3

1

0

0

0

Manager

192

9

36

18

9

16

16

41

19

15

13

0

Therapist

3,314

182

515

409

220

318

319

644

209

210

288

0

All dietetics support staff

256

24

60

26

26

15

20

32

15

15

23

0

Assistant practitioner

7

1

1

0

0

0

1

3

0

1

0

0

Student/trainee

8

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

7

0

0

Helper/assistant

241

23

59

25

26

15

19

29

15

7

23

0

NHS HCHS: qualified ST and T staff by SHA area—England as at September 2007

Full-time equivalent

England

North east

North west

Yorkshire and the Humber

East Midlands

West Midlands

East of England

London

South east coast

South central

South west

Special health authorities and others

All qualified dietetics staff

2,924

165

475

367

190

274

275

590

185

167

237

0

Consultant Therapist

7

1

0

0

0

1

1

3

1

0

0

0

Manager

172

9

33

17

9

14

15

36

16

12

11

0

Therapist

2,745

156

442

350

181

260

259

551

168

154

226

0

All dietetics support staff

189

18

44

19

21

11

16

19

12

13

16

0

Assistant practitioner

6

1

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

1

0

0

Student/trainee

8

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

7

0

0

Helper/assistant

175

17

43

18

21

11

15

17

12

5

16

0

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care 2007 Non-Medical Workforce Census