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Mental Health Services: Nurses

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered mental health nurses there were in Devon in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (253943)

The information is not held in the format requested.

The number of qualified mental health nurses in the South West strategic health authority area and the Devon Partnership NHS Trust, as at 30 September for each specified year, are given in the following table.

National health service hospital and community health services: qualified mental health nurses1 in the South West strategic health authority area and the Devon Partnership NHS Trust as at 30 September each specified year

Headcount

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

South West strategic health authority area

4,604

4,340

4,285

4,385

4,594

4,578

4,699

4,744

4,601

4,696

Of which:

Devon Partnership NHS Trust2

487

496

507

524

782

749

723

715

781

693

1 Mental health nurses figures are an aggregate of the Psychiatric Nursing and Learning Disabilities Nursing areas of work.

2 In 2001 Exeter and District Community Services NHS Trust and North Devon healthcare NHS Trust merged to form Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Figures prior to 2001 are an aggregate of these predecessor organisations.

Source:

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce census

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered mental health nurses were employed in the NHS in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (255632)

The number of registered mental health nurses that were employed in the national health service in each of the last 10 years is shown in the following table.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Service: Qualified nursing staff in England by each specified area of work as at 30 September each specified year.

All areas of work

1998

48,877

1999

48,922

2000

49,026

2001

51,315

2002

52,204

2003

53,678

2004

56,046

2005

57,377

2006

56,061

2007

56,117

Source:

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

The number of mental health nurses has increased by 14.8 per cent. from 48,877 in 1998 to 46,117 in 2007.