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NHS: Nurses

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a shortage of practice nurses in the National Health Service in London; and, if so, what that shortage is. [HL3735]

It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) to determine the staff levels required to ensure that the health services they commission meet the needs of the communities they serve.

The following table shows the number of practice nurses in each of the London PCT areas as at 30 September 2008, which is the latest data available to the department.

Practice nurse headcount and full time equivalents by each PCT in London Strategic Health Authority (SHA), as at 30 September 2008

Practice Nurse Headcount

Practice Nurse Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

England

22,048

13,962

London SHA

2,997

1,876

Havering PCT

95

56

Kingston PCT

65

41

Bromley PCT

143

68

Greenwich Teaching PCT

96

82

Barnet PCT

127

62

Hillingdon PCT

97

52

Enfield PCT

93

51

Barking and Dagenham PCT (2)

83

45

City and Hackney Teaching PCT

78

64

Tower Hamlets PCT (2)

82

71

Newham PCT

98

62

Haringey Teaching PCT

91

53

Hammersmith and Fulham PCT

47

39

Ealing PCT

133

77

Hounslow PCT

65

57

Brent Teaching PCT

95

54

Harrow PCT

90

48

Camden PCT

73

32

Islington PCT (2)

61

41

Croydon PCT

149

83

Kensington and Chelsea PCT

57

46

Westminster PCT

76

68

Lambeth PCT

141

98

Southwark PCT

102

76

Lewisham PCT

111

64

Wandsworth PCT

164

75

Richmond and Twickenham PCT

85

54

Sutton and Merton PCT

138

97

Redbridge PCT

78

44

Waltham Forest PCT (2)

84

48

Bexley Care Trust(1)

100

72

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics

Notes:

(1) 2006 data have been used as an estimate for these PCTs

(2) 2007 data have been used as an estimate for these PCTs

Data Quality:

Workforce statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data. Processing methods and procedures are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where this happens any impact on figures already published will be assessed but unless this is significant at national level they will not be changed. Where there is impact only at detailed or local level this will be footnoted in relevant analyses.