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Midwives

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS consultant midwives there were in each region of England in 2007. (225889)

The number of NHS consultant midwives there are in each region of England is shown in the following table.

NHS hospital and community health services: nurse consultants in the Maternity Services area of work in England by strategic health authority area as at 30 September 2007.

Headcount

England

53

North East Strategic Health Authority area

3

North West Strategic Health Authority area

9

Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority area

4

West Midlands Strategic Health Authority area

1

East of England Strategic Health Authority area

2

London Strategic Health Authority area

23

South East Coast Strategic Health Authority area

5

South Central Strategic Health Authority area

5

South West Strategic Health Authority area

1

Note:

Workforce statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data. Processing methods and procedures are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where this happens any impact on figures already published will be assessed but unless this is significant at national level they will not be changed. Where there is impact only at detailed or local level this will be footnoted in relevant analyses.

Source:

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the NHS workforce in England comprised midwives in each of the last two years for which figures are available, expressed in terms of (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent. (225892)

The 2006 national health service workforce census showed that there were 24,469 midwives or 18,862 full-time equivalent.

The 2007 NHS workforce census showed that there were 25,093 midwives or 19,298 full-time equivalent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual cost to public funds was of training a student midwife in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) tuition, (b) bursary and (c) other costs. (225894)

The average national benchmark price for the tuition fee for a student midwife in 2007-08 was £7,968.

The average NHS Bursary paid to a student midwife in 2007-08 was £5,796. This includes the basic award, all supplementary allowances and one off payments.

Other costs include:

a reduced rate loan for living costs from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. Student midwives in receipt of a means tested NHS Bursary can apply for this reduced rate loan. Information is not held centrally on the cost of these loans for student midwives.

Access to Learning Funds which is the extra financial support provided by colleges and universities to students in financial hardship. Information is not held centrally on the cost of Access to Learning Funds for student midwives; and

Salary support funding for student midwives who are seconded onto midwifery courses. Information is not held centrally on the salary support costs for student midwives.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student midwives were in receipt of a bursary in each academic year since 1996-97; what average bursary was paid to a student midwife in each year; and what the total cost was of all bursaries paid to student midwives in each year. (225895)

The number of student midwives in receipt of an NHS bursary in each year since 1996-97, the average bursary paid to a student midwife in each year and the total cost of all bursaries paid to student midwives in each year is shown in the following table.

Bursaries paid to NHS funded midwifery students for academic years 1996/97 to 2007/08

Number of bursary holders1

Bursary—amount paid2 (£)

Average bursary amount (£)

Additions—amount paid3 (£)

Total—amount paid (£)

Average amount paid per bursary holder (£)

1996/97

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1997/98

102

305,914

2,999

0

305,914

2,999

1998/99

362

1,029,368

2,844

3,390

1,032,758

2,853

1999/2000

1,216

4,445,349

3,656

258,518

4,703,867

3,868

2000/01

1,980

8,065,410

4,073

349,906

8,415,316

4,250

2001/02

2,751

12,539,276

4,558

462,947

13,002,223

4,726

2002/03

3,166

14,808,831

4,677

588,848

15,397,679

4,863

2003/04

3,541

17,016,120

4,805

671,893

17,688,013

4,995

2004/05

3,735

19,903,977

5,329

728,896

20,632,873

5,524

2005/06

3,903

21,203,968

5,433

856,868

22,060,836

5,652

2006/07

3,812

20,943,604

5,494

841,390

21,784,994

5,715

2007/08

3,984

22,322,893

5,603

767,113

23,090,006

5,796

1 Includes nil award holders (European Union fees only students and students whose living allowance element of the bursary has been reduced to nil after income assessment). Phased uptake. Prior to 1997 local education authorities were primarily responsible for the administration of HE maintenance grants under Department for Education and Skills (mandatory awards) regulation to degree level students. From 1999 Student Bursaries became responsible for the payment of bursaries to new diploma level students, formally the responsibility of higher education institutions.

2 Includes the basic award and all supplementary allowances. Excludes one-off payments e.g. re-imbursement of practice placement costs.

3 Includes one-off payments e.g. disabled students allowance, reimbursement of practice placement costs etc.

Source:

NHS Business Services Authority Student Bursaries Unit

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2008, Official Report, columns 513-4W, on midwives, how many live births per full-time equivalent NHS midwife there were in (a) England and (b) each region of England in 2007. (225947)