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Care Homes: Hertfordshire

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nursing and (b) residential care homes there were in (i) the Dacorum borough council area and (ii) Hemel Hempstead constituency in each year since 1997. (210159)

[holding answer 10 June 2008]: Information on the numbers of residential and nursing care homes in the Dacorum borough council and Hemel Hempstead constituency areas is not held separately. Information is only available for the Hertfordshire council area.

Until 2001, information on the numbers of care and nursing homes was collected by the Department. From 2002, the information was collected by the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) and later by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), which took over responsibility for regulating care services from NCSC in April 2004.

Table 1 shows the number of residential and nursing care homes in the Hertfordshire council area from 1997 to 2001.

Table 1: Number of care homes in Hertfordshire Council area from 1997 to 2001 by type of accommodation

Year1

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

Residential homes

260

255

260

290

3n/a

Nursing homes2

70

75

80

75

3n/a

1 As at 31 March for each year.

2 Figures for nursing homes are aggregated from East and North Hertfordshire and West Hertfordshire Health Authorities.

3 Data not supplied by Hertfordshire Council for 2001.

Source:

Department of Health

Table 2 shows the numbers of services registered with NCSC and CSCI in the Hertfordshire council area from 2003 to 2008. The NCSC began work on 1 April 2002. During the first months of NCSC's existence, there was a delay in registering some care homes, so complete information is not held for 2002.

Care homes registered in Hertfordshire council area from 2003 to 20081

Number

2003

Residential care homes

230

Care homes with nursing

52

Total

282

2004

Residential care homes

224

Care homes with nursing

52

Total

276

2005

Residential care homes

229

Care homes with nursing

54

Total

283

2006

Residential care homes

234

Care homes with nursing

56

Total

290

2007

Residential care homes

237

Care homes with nursing

56

Total

293

2008

Residential care homes

235

Care homes with nursing

54

Non-medical care homes

1

Total

290

1 As at 31 March for each year.

Source:

Department of Health