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NHS: Psychiatrists

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychiatrists were employed by the National Health Service in each year since 1997. (236980)

The number of psychiatrists employed in the national health service in each year since 1997 is detailed in the following table.

Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): medical staff within the psychiatry group by specialty—England

Number (headcount)

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Psychiatry group

6,623

6,900

7,206

7,419

7,498

7,713

8,066

8,938

9,325

9,629

9,554

Child and adolescent psychiatry

748

767

795

826

823

805

860

956

1,039

1,060

1,084

Forensic psychiatry

275

333

314

347

411

380

425

456

493

519

559

General Psychiatry

4,215

4,364

4,581

4,736

4,717

4,909

5,076

5,585

5,866

6,090

5,976

Learning disabilities

500

508

535

501

485

524

520

520

492

531

518

Old age psychiatry

708

759

825

860

912

941

1,028

1,251

1,264

1,271

1,267

Psychotherapy

177

169

156

149

150

154

157

170

171

158

150

Note:

Data as at 1 October 1997-99 and 30 September 2000-07

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census

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.