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Health Visitors: South West

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors have been employed in each primary care trust in the South West in each year since 1997. (323347)

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the following table.

NHS hospital and community health services: Qualified health visiting staff in the South West Strategic Health Authority (SHA) area by organisation as at 30 September each year

Headcount

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

South West SHA area

1,241

1,232

1,301

1,275

1,146

1,137

1,117

Bath and North East Somerset Primary Care Trust (PCT)

54

52

54

51

49

46

43

Bournemouth and Poole PCT

92

60

78

88

83

73

78

Bristol Teaching PCT

65

89

151

138

134

122

123

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT

108

110

108

114

110

107

109

Devon PCT

144

137

132

131

138

125

116

Dorset PCT

100

141

105

115

97

91

89

Gloucestershire PCT

176

154

161

152

80

129

134

North Somerset PCT

40

36

37

39

38

38

39

Plymouth Teaching PCT

78

88

87

81

67

'65

70

Somerset PCT

106

55

106

133

125

112

101

South Gloucestershire PCT

57

83

71

45

46

55

52

Swindon PCT

47

52

47

39

46

43

35

Torbay Care Trust

29

29

30

29

28

26

26

Wiltshire PCT

132

132

121

111

97

95

96

Notes:

1. South West SHA area total includes a small number of staff who are employed by NHS trusts.

2. It is not possible to map accurate work force figures for these organisations prior to the formation of the PCTs in 2002.

3. The drop in numbers for Gloucestershire PCT in 2006 seems to be due to a local coding issue. It appears that around 50 health visitors were coded as district nurses in 2006, then recoded as Health Visitors in 2007.

4. Data Quality: The NHS Information Centre for health and social care seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality where changes impact on figures already published. This is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses.

Source:

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