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Schools: Nurses

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time equivalent school nurses there were in each local authority area in each year since 1997. (255655)

I have been asked to reply.

This information is not held centrally.

School nurses are generally employed by primary care trusts (PCTs) although some school nurses will be directly employed by both state and independent schools. The national health service workforce census does not capture these. A number of qualified school nurses will also work across PCT boundaries but be directly employed by one single PCT.

A table showing the number of full-time equivalent school nurses employed by PCTs and national health service trusts from 2004-07 has been placed in the Library.