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Nurses: Vacancies

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the three-month vacancy rate was for nurses in each specialist groups in each year since 2004. (269303)

The following tables give the three-month vacancy rates for each nurse speciality since 2004.

The Information Centre for health and social care Vacancies Survey March each year—NHS three-month vacancies in England for qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff, all areas of work

Three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post

All qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

Acute, elderly and general care

as at 31 March

as at 30 September

as at 31 March

as at 30 September

3 month vacancy rate (%)

3 month vacancy number

Staff in post (full-time equivalent)

Staff in post (headcount)

3 month vacancy rate (%)

3 month vacancy number

Staff in post (full-time equivalent)

Staff in post (headcount)

2008

0.5

1,565

307,628

376,737

0.5

864

168,912

205,601

2007

0.5

1,695

307,447

374,538

0.5

887

169,284

204,112

2006

0.9

2,884

307,744

381,257

0.8

1,415

168,759

205,611

2005

1.9

5,801

301,877

375,371

1.7

2,917

166,098

203,358

2004

2.6

7,508

291,925

364,692

2.2

3,501

162,671

201,184

Three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post

Paediatrics

Community learning disabilities

as at 31 March

as at 30 September

as at 31 March

as at 30 September

3 month vacancy rate (%)

3 month vacancy number

Staff in post (full-time equivalent)

Staff in post (headcount)

3 month vacancy rate (%)

3 month vacancy number

Staff in post (full-time equivalent)

Staff in post (headcount)

2008

0.6

87

15,416

18,923

0.2

6

2,986

3,512

2007

0.7

106

15,302

18,634

2.5

83

3,170

3,576

2006

1.1

177

15,412

19,178

0.5

15

3,261

3,748

2005

1.7

263

15,258

18,917

2.3

78

3,325

3,752

2004

2.6

397

14,825

18,437

2.5

81

3,289

3,705

Three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post

Other learning disabilities

Community psychiatry

as at 31 March

as at 30 September

as at 31 March

as at 30 September

3 month vacancy rate (%)

3 month vacancy number

Staff in post (full-time equivalent)

Staff in post (headcount)

3 month vacancy rate (%)

3 month vacancy number

Staff in post (full-time equivalent)

Staff in post (headcount)

2008

0.3

9

3,607

4,106

0.6

96

15,275

17,115

2007

5.6

213

3,597

4,007

0.4

57

15,208

17,076

2006

1.1

46

4,106

5,076

1.6

228

14,480

15,844

2005

2.3

98

4,201

4,904

2.3

316

13,627

14,909

2004

2.1

94

4,535

5,245

1.9

235

12,064

13,173

Three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post

Other psychiatry

Midwives

as at 31 March

as at 30 September

as at 31 March

as at 30 September

3 month vacancy rate (%)

3 month vacancy number

Staff in post (full-time equivalent)

Staff in post (headcount)

3 month vacancy rate (%)

3 month vacancy number

Staff in post (full-time equivalent)

Staff in post (headcount)

2008

0.6

179

27,327

31,384

0.8

159

19,298

25,093

2007

0.1

24

27,508

31,402

0.5

91

18,862

24,469

2006

1.5

434

28,049

32,709

1.0

185

18,949

24,808

2005

3.1

881

27,959

32,481

1.8

348

18,854

24,844

2004

4.7

1,282

27,319

31,555

3.3

619

18,444

23,941

Three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post

District nurses

Health visitors

as at 31 March

as at 30 September

as at 31 March

as at 30 September

3 month vacancy rate (%)

3 month vacancy number

Staff in post (full-time equivalent)

Staff in post (headcount)

3 month vacancy rate (%)

3 month vacancy number

Staff in post (full-time equivalent)

Staff in post (headcount)

2008

0.2

21

8,814

10,779

0.3

29

9,056

11,569

2007

0.5

45

9,180

11,270

0.2

23

9,376

12,034

2006

0.7

67

9,706

12,067

0.6

60

9,809

12,818

2005

1.8

186

10,000

12,827

2.1

218

10,137

13,303

2004

2.3

241

10,496

13,292

3.2

324

9,999

12,984

Three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post

Qualified school nurses

Other qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff

as at 31 March

as at 30 September

as at 31 March

as at 30 September

3 month vacancy rate (%)

3 month vacancy number

Staff in post (full-time equivalent)

Staff in post (headcount)

3 month vacancy rate (%)

3 month vacancy number

Staff in post (full-time equivalent)

Staff in post (headcount)

2008

0.4

10

2,232

3,162

0.3

105

34,705

45,493

2007

0.4

7

2,053

2,968

0.5

159

33,908

44,990

2006

0.6

12

1,913

2,887

0.7

245

33,299

46,511

2005

1.9

31

1,619

2,409

1.5

465

30,800

43,667

2004

2.2

40

797

1,188

2.7

693

27,485

39,988

Three month vacancy notes:

1. Vacancy data are from the Vacancies Survey.

2. Three month vacancy information is as at 31 March each specified year.

3. Three month vacancies are vacancies which Trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (full time equivalents).

4. Three month Vacancy Rates are three month vacancies expressed as a percentage of three month vacancies plus staff in post.

5. Three month Vacancy Rates are calculated using staff in post from the Non-Medical Workforce Census September each previous year.

6. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place.

General notes:

1. Vacancy and staff in post numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number.

2. Calculating the vacancy rates using the above data may not equal the actual vacancy rates.

Sources:

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care Vacancies survey.

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