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Multiple Sclerosis

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the co-ordinator for the prescription plus scheme for sufferers of MS will be in post. [71203]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 22 July 2002]: Sheffield University's school of health and related research (ScHARR) has been appointed to co-ordinate monitoring under the risk-sharing scheme for drugs for multiple sclerosis announced in Health Service Circular 2002–04. ScHARR will shortly be approaching neurology centres about the data requirements of the scheme and the arrangements for their collection.


Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism will be used to monitor progress against the milestones contained in Standard Five of the National Service Framework for Older People, for every general hospital treating stroke patients to have a plan to introduce a specialised stroke service by April 2002. [59351]

Jacqui Smith: The monitoring of this April milestone through the new health and social care directorates will be part of the service and financial framework return (SaFFR) process. This milestone will be monitored in the first quarter of the SaFFR which should be available at the end of July 2002.

Informal reports from regional offices indicate that the milestone should be met in all by a few cases. Any hospital identified by the strategic health authority in the monitoring process, as not having plans will be offered appropriate advice.

Childcare Staff

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 17 June 2002, Official Report, column 148W, on childcare staff if he will provide a breakdown of whole time equivalent staff in child and family services by (a) grade, (b) job description and (c) salary band; and if he will estimate how many of these staff are frontline staff. [63877]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 24 June 2002]: The annual return that local authority social services departments in England complete only provides data on the number of staff by job description. It does not give numbers of staff by grade or salary band. The numbers of staff by job description are shown in the attached table. All the staff shown in the attached table work in front line teams.

Provision specifically for children's services
Team leaders/managers2,3002,4102,575
Assistant team managers/senior social workers2,0402,2252,340
Care managers350285345
Field social workers9,9259,8909,675
Social services officers/social work assistants1,7551,9802,245
Child protection, family placement, juvenile/youth justice workers2,7052,9503,175
Community workers455480530
Occupation therapists90105105
Occupation therapist assistants, aids and other officers275360310
Technical officers459560
Total of above19,93520,78021,360
Guardians ad litem
Total staff employed within GAL17019520
Family centres
Officers in charge335335325
Deputy officers in charge300305295
Social workers based in family centres355340240
Family centre workers, family aides and other staff2,2652,3452,285
Other support services staff565585570
Total of above3,8253,9103,715
Staff in day nurseries
Managers and officers in charge and nursery group leaders195185140
Deputy officers in charge230315245
Nursery officers, students and assistants1,7301,5651,285
Other support officers staff480445395
Total of above2,6352,5102,060
Staff in playgroups
Playgroup leaders and assistants12012570
Other support officers staff550
Total of above12513570
Nursery centres where funded by social services
Teachers (whether qualified or not)1000
Managers and officers in charge251010
Deputy officers in charge251510
Nursery officers, students and assistants1408080
Other support officers staff403525
Total of above240145130
Staff of homes and hostels mainly for children with learning disabilities
Managers and officers in charge105100100
Deputy officers in charge160155140
Other supervisory staff (e.e. senior care officers)385375380
Care staff1,2101,1601,165
Other support officers staff270285260
Total of above2,1302,0752,045
Staff of community homes for children looked after (including observation and assessment centres where mainly residential)
Managers and officers in charge595595595
Deputy officers in charge690645640
Other supervisory staff (e.e. senior care officers)1,5501,3951,540
Child care staff4,7654,7754,660
Teaching staff1059095
Other support officers staff1,1401,1551,155
Total of above8,8508,6558,685
Mainly for children (includes observation and assessment centres not included above)
Managers and officers in charge907560
Deputy officers in charge656060
Other supervisory staff (e.e. senior care officers)255200150
Child care staff775720600
Teaching staff505055
Other support officers staff230245190
Total of above1,4651,3401,110
Total staff involved with children and families39,37539,74539,195


All these figures represent the number of whole time equivalent (wte) staff. The actual numbers of staff employed by local councils are greater than the figures shown as some of the staff work part-time.

Figures are rounded to the nearest five wte staff.

Guardian's Ad Litem became part of the Children and Family Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) in April 2001.

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Children in Care

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) agency staff, (b) positions unfilled for (i) one month and (ii) three months and (c) staff in children in care settings there were in each quarter of each of the last three years. [61368]

Jacqui Smith: Pursuant to my reply on 17 June 2002, shown in the Official Report, column 148W: I regret that my reply was incorrect. It should have read:

We do not collect information on the numbers of agency staff who work in child care settings. Information about the number of child care positions unfilled is not collected on a regular basis. Ad-hoc surveys have been undertaken in the past which have determined the vacancy rates in child care posts in social services departments or in the private sector. The last survey undertaken in this area was for community homes for children looked after run by local authorities in England and Wales and it was undertaken in 1999. This survey stated that in England the overall full-time and part-time vacancy rates were both 10.3 per cent.

However, local authority social services departments in England complete an annual return giving information about the staff they employ as at 30 September. The data from this return gives the numbers of whole time equivalent staff employed in child and family services as follows:



The actual numbers of staff employed by local councils are greater than the above figures as some of these staff only work part-time.

The above figures do not take into account those central and strategic staff and certain other categories of staff who provide more generic services across a range of council responsibilities.

Commission for Health Improvement

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the salaries are of the Chief Executive of the Commission for Health Improvement and other senior executives; [72479]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 23 July 2002]: The cost of the commission for health improvement (CHI) between its inception on 1 November 1999 and 31 March 2002 is £39.4 million. This total includes a proportionate contribution from the National Assembly for Wales.

The breakdown of expenditure in each year is shown below:

YearAmount (£ million)
November 1999–March 20002.3
April 2000–March 200111.4
April 2001–March 200225.656

The commission's accounts for the period 2001–02 are published with their annual report, copies of which are available in the Library.

Details of the salaries of the chief executive and directors are published as part of the commission for health improvement's annual accounts

The figures for the financial year 2001–02 are as follows:

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Remuneration for year ended 31/03/02
Chief executive135,458
Director of policy and development100,717
Director of nursing93,788
Director of communications75,893
Director of operations84,833
Director of human resources85,576
Director research and information79,330
Medical director115,468
Joint director of finance and information technology104,232

Remuneration includes gross salary and any other allowances subject to UK taxation.

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