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Employment Services: General Practitioners

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 December 2008, Official Report, column 615W, on employment services: general practitioners, (1) what the location is of each GP surgery in which an employment adviser is placed; (248399)

(2) how many Jobcentre advisers have been placed in GP surgeries in each financial year since the programme started;

(3) what future projections his Department has made for (a) expenditure on and (b) the number of Jobcentre employment advisers in GP surgeries;

(4) how much has been spent on placing Jobcentre advisers in GP surgeries in each financial year since the programme started.

[holding answer 19 January 2009]: Information about surgery locations in the original pilot and expansion is in the following table. In addition, advisers provide services in approximately 70 GPs surgeries in Scotland. Information about the towns where the surgeries are located is also provided.

In the original five pilot sites the project was funded for one full time adviser. The current projection for expenditure is £309,996 per year per district. This includes staff costs, training and set up costs for the surgery which will include a risk assessment. The number of advisers will remain at one full-time post per district. Occasionally a district will split the post to two part-time posts. The projected total is therefore 15 to 17 advisers. The original pilot had five to seven advisers.

The original five pilot sites were funded from Pathways to Work programme money with £1.5 million for three years. However, individual sites added funding from a variety of sources to boost provision for the Pathways Advisory Service. For the expansion no significant spend has taken place as the districts are currently working to set up the project. It is expected each district will keep within the projected £309,996 figure.

Pathways Advisory Service surgery locations

District

GP Practice

Stoke on Trent

Longton

Willow Bank Health Centre

Longton

Single practitioner

Longton

Single practitioner

Cumbria

Barrow-in-Furness

Atkinson Health Centre

Barrow-in-Furness

Bridgegate Medical Centre

Barrow-in-Furness

Duke Street Surgery

Barrow-in-Furness

Norwood Medical Practice

Barrow-in-Furness

Risedale Surgery

Lancashire

Accrington

Richmond Medical Centre

Burnley

Ruskin Health Centre

Burnley

Rosehill Surgery

Burnley

Kiddrow Lane Health Centre

Burnley

St Nicholas Group Practice

Burnley

Yorkshire Street Medical Centre

Nelson

Whitefield Health Care

South Wales Valleys

Ponypridd

Ynysangharad Surgery

Abertillery

Abernant Surgery

Treorchy

Forest View

Aberdare

St. Johns Surgery

Swansea

Pontardawe

Pontardawe Health Centre

Tyne and Wear

South Shields

Flagg Court Health Centre

Manchester

Salford

Ganvier Centre

Salford

Little Hulton Practice

Salford

Willow Tree Healthy Living Centre

Salford

The Surgery

Salford

Sorrel Bank Medical Practice

Tees Valley

Norton

Norton Medical Centre

Middlesbrough

Park Surgery

Hartlepool

McKenzie Practice

Darlington

Orchard Practice

Somerset and Dorset

Cheddar

Cheddar MC

Bridgwater

Redgate MC

Bridgwater

Victoria Park MC

Bridgwater

East Quay MC

Bridgwater

Somerset Bridge MC

Bridgwater

Glastonbury MC

Weymouth

Royal Crescent Surgery

Dorchester

Broadmayne Surgery

Boscombe

Boscombe Surgery

Highlands Islands, Clyde Coast and Grampian

Paisley

Northcroft Glenburn

Barhead

Levern Medical Centre

Johnstone

Linden

Linwood

Renfrew

Renfrew Health Centre

Aberdeen

Carden Medical Centre

Ferryhill Medical Practice

Garthdee Medical Group

Holburn Medical Group

Rubslow Place Medical Group

Marywell Health Centre

Torry Medical Practice

Elmbank Group

Northfield/Mastrick Medical Practice

Victoria Street Medical Practice

Westburn Medical Group

Woodside Medical Group

Hamilton Medical Group

Links Medical Practice

Old Aberdeen Medical Practice

Oldmachar Medical Practice

Towns in Scotland with advisers in GPs surgeries

Aberdeen

Airdrie

Ayr

Blantyre

Coatbridge

Cumbernauld

Cummnock

Dalmellington

Dumfries

Dundee

Edinburgh

Galston

Girvan

Glasgow

Greenock

Irvine

Moffat

Paisley

Patna

Portland, Kilmarnock

Rutherglen

Stranraer.

For Scotland, information about the number of whole time equivalent advisers who have worked in GPs surgeries is in the following table. Funding for the project is not ring-fenced but comes from outreach work budgets. Therefore, associated costs such as risk assessment will be part of this spend and mirror the costs incurred for the main project. The cost of the personal advisers is met from general Jobcentre Plus staff cost budgets. It is planned to continue to provide the equivalent of nine full-time advisers for the foreseeable future.

Whole-time equivalent number of advisers which have worked in GPs surgeries in each of the following years in Scotland

Number

2008

8

2009

9