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Midwives

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is (a) taking and (b) plans to take during the next six months to recruit midwives to the national health service; and if he will make a statement. (323095)

Our plan is to have 4,000 more midwives by 2012 (based on 2006 baseline), subject to the birth rate continuing to rise. Each strategic health authority has made recruitment, retention and return plans.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places were available for midwifery in each year since 1997. (323096)

We do not hold data centrally on the number of available midwifery training places.

The following table shows the number of midwifery training commissions for the years requested.

Degree

Diploma

Other

Total

1996-97

161

498

993

1,652

1997-98

224

572

908

1,704

1998-99

255

597

899

1,751

1999-2000

395

620

757

1,772

2000-01

494

604

789

1,887

2001-02

621

525

732

1,878

2002-03

709

724

677

2,110

2003-04

753

716

757

2,226

2004-05

895

744

735

2,374

2005-06

1,042

517

661

2,220

2006-07

983

540

467

1,990

2007-08

1,307

412

352

2,071

2008-09

1,944

0

328

2,272

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives left the national health service in each year since 1997. (323097)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average salary of an NHS midwife is; and what it was in each year since 1997. (323098)

The average salary of a national health service midwife is £37,200 (2009) and was £36,100 in 2008. Prior to 2008, the average salary for a NHS midwife was not collected separately but included with qualified nurses (see following table).

Qualified nurse

Average salary (£)

1997-98

20,830

1998-99

21,042

1999-00

22,329

2000-01

23,427

2001-02

24,733

2002-03

25,702

2003-04

26,342

2004-05

27,697

2005-06

28,784

2006-07

29,861

2007-08

31,149

2008-09

32,339

Notes:

1. Average salaries are estimated from the Qualified Nurse Paybill figures using NHS Accounts data together with the NHS pension scheme rates, and national insurance rates and thresholds that apply to NHS employers.

2. The Paybill data include all qualified nurses employed by NHS trusts, primary care trusts, strategic health authorities and foundation trusts in England. They exclude agency nurses.

3. Foundation trusts do not submit a breakdown of their Paybill by staff group. Figures from 2004-05 onwards include estimates for the breakdown of each foundation trust.

4. Average salaries have been expressed in real terms using the HM Treasury gross domestic product deflator index.

Sources:

Department of Health Paybill Model 2008-09

Trust Financial Returns and Foundation Trust Annual Reports (Paybill data)

Information Centre Workforce Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have enrolled on the midwifery return to practice course in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (323133)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of midwives retiring from the NHS in the next 10 years; what recent discussions he has had with (a) maternity service managers, (b) professional representative bodies and (c) others on that matter; and if he will make a statement. (323134)

It is for primary care trusts in partnership with local authorities, strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders to determine how best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health, and to commission services accordingly taking into account the age profile of its work force.

Ministers meet regularly with professional representative bodies and others and we discuss a range of work force issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent midwives were working in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in each of the last five years; and how many were working in each NHS organisation in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex in each of the last five years. (323245)

Information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows numbers of qualified midwifery staff in national health service organisations in Essex.

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Southend Hospital NHS Trust

100

96

91

97

100

Basildon and Thurrock General Hospital NHS Trust

111

108

113

114

116

Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust

114

117

115

107

Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust

110

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

78

80

84

90

84

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

77

84

80

83

87

Notes:

1. Only those trusts that provide midwifery services are included in the table.

2. Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust gained foundation trust status on 1 May 2008; it was formerly known as Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS trust.

Source:

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