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Occupational Therapy: Manpower

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many occupational therapists qualified in each year since 2000; and what estimate he has made of the number of trained therapists required to fill vacancies in occupational therapy services in each of the next three years. (269767)

It is not possible to identify centrally how many occupational therapists qualified in each year.

No assessment has been made centrally as to the number of occupational therapists required as local national health service organisations are best placed to assess the healthcare needs of their local populations.

Effective workforce planning is about delivering the best possible patient care by ensuring high quality staff with the right skills are in the right place at the right time.

Our approach to reforming the workforce planning, education and training system mirrors the approach for the NHS itself—a belief that quality is best served by devolving decision making as closely as possible to the frontline in an environment of coherence, transparency and clear accountabilities. Planning must be based on a clear clinical vision built around patient pathways.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many occupational therapists the NHS employs; and how many of them completed their training (a) in the UK and (b) abroad. (269768)

As at 30 September 2008, there were 17,345 qualified occupational therapy staff employed in the national health service.

It is not possible to identify centrally whether these staff completed their training in the United Kingdom or abroad.