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Nurses: Schools

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many qualified school nurses there were in England in each of the last five years; (270090)

(2) how many school nurses in England did not have a post-registration qualification in each of the last five years.

The number of qualified school nurses in England in each of the years requested is given in the following table. Other qualified nurses working in a school environment are also given.

National health service hospital and community health services: Qualified nursing staff in the school nursing area of work in England as at 30 September each specified year

Headcount

Qualified school nursing nurses

Qualified school nurse1

Other qualified nurses

2004

2,409

856

1,553

2005

2,887

943

1,944

2006

2,968

1,129

1,839

2007

3,162

1,227

1,935

2008

3,643

1,447

2,196

1 Qualified school nurse: Qualified school nurses hold the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Specialist Practice Qualification with an outcome in school nursing - which is a recordable qualification on the NMC register.

Source:

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