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Nurses: Chelmsford

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many practice nurses there were in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) the Chelmsford local authority area in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007. (233187)

Data is not collected in the format requested. Data is available for the primary care trusts (PCTs) that serve the constituency and local authority areas for 2002 and 2007 and is shown in the following table.

Practice Nurses for selected area in 2002 and 2007

Number (headcount)



Total for specified organisations



Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT






Witham, Braintree and Halstead



Mid Essex PCT



n/a = Not applicable.


1. Data for practice nurses is not available at parliamentary constituency or local authority area. West Chelmsford parliamentary constituency and the Chelmsford local authority area are contained within and served by the Primary Care Trusts provided here.

2. Mid Essex PCT was created on 1 October 2006 from a complete merger of Chelmsford PCT, Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT and Witham, Braintree and Halstead PCT

3. Prior to 2002 PCTs did not exist. It is not possible to map organisations back beyond this to provide a time series.

Data as at 30 September 2002 and 2007

Data Quality.

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.


The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics