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NHS Staff

Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS nurses qualified in each year since 2002; and how many nurses specialising in paediatrics there were in each year since 2002; [198184]

(2) how many (a) consultants and (b) paediatric consultants there were in the NHS in each year since 2002. [198185]

Mr. Hutton: Information on the number of consultants, paediatric consultants, nurses and paediatric nurse employed in the national health service since 2002 is shown in the table.

Information is not collected centrally on the number of nurses qualifying each year. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) holds information on the number of nurses and midwives initially entering the register, a pre-requisite for employment in the NHS and other sectors in the UK. This information can be found on the NMC website at www.nmc-uk.org.
Hospital, public health medicine and community health services: medical and dental consultants, consultants within paediatric specialties, all qualified nurses (including practice nurses) and qualified nurses employed in paediatrics

England: numbers (headcount)
2002(35)2003(35)Latest data(36)
All consultants27,07028,75030,171
of which:
Paediatric dentistry223033
Paediatric surgery105100106
Paediatric group1,6951,8071,893
of which:
Paediatric cardiology1,6311,7381,827
Paediatrics646966
All qualified nurses, midwives and health visitors367,520386,359396,359
Of which:
Nurses working in paediatrics18,01418,437n/a


(35) Data as at 30 September
(36) Data for consultants as at June 2004 and March 2004 for nurses.
Note:
n/a not available
Source:
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census




Between September 2002 and September 2003, the number of consultants increased by 1,680, or 6.2 per cent., and the number of paediatric consultants, comprising paediatric dentistry, paediatric surgery, paediatric cardiology and paediatrics, increased by 115, or 6.3 per cent.

Between September 2002 and June 2004, the number of consultants increased by 3,101, or 11.5 per cent., and the number of paediatric consultants, comprising paediatric dentistry, paediatric surgery, paediatric cardiology and paediatrics, increased by 210, or 11.5 per cent.

Between September 2002 and March 2004, the number of nurses employed in the NHS has increased by 28,839, or 7.8 per cent., and between September 2002 and September 2003, the number of nurses employed in the paediatrics area of work has increased by 423, or 2.3 per cent.

Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to attract more doctors and nurses into the NHS since 1997. [198562]


 
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Mr. Hutton: A range of recruitment and retention initiatives are in place to help expand the national health service workforce. These include improving pay and conditions, encouraging the NHS to become a better, more flexible and diverse employer, help with accessing childcare, increasing training, attracting back returners and running national and international recruitment campaigns. As a result of these measures, between September 1997 and March 2004, the number of nurses employed in the NHS has increased by 77,500. Between September 1997 and September 2003, the number of doctors, excluding retainers, employed in the NHS has increased by 19,374.

Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the number of nurses employed in North Staffordshire has changed since 1997. [198566]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is shown in the table.
All National Health Service qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff, including practice nurses employed by unrestricted principles and equivalents (UPEs)(37), in the specified organisations as at 30 September(38) 1997 and 2003

headcount
19972003
Total qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff (including practice nurses)(39)3,4924,211
Staffordshire Moorlands Primary Care Trustn/a259
Newcastle-Under-Lyme Primary Care Trustn/a243
North Stoke Primary Care Trust n/an/a406
South Stoke Primary Care Trust n/an/a364
North Staffordshire Health Authority2n/a
North Staffordshire Hospital NHS Trust1,8832,148
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust1,264791




Notes:
(37) UPEs include general medical service unrestricted principals, personal medical service (PMS) contracted general practitioners and PMS salaried GPs.
(38) Practice nurse figures are as at 1 October for 1997.
(39) The 1997 total is not a sum of component parts as a breakdown of the 343 practice nurses for 1997 is not available at organisation level.
n/a = not applicable.
Sources:
Department of Health non-medical workforce census.
Department of Health general and personal medical services statistics.




Overseas Nurses

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's rules are on overseas nurses coming into the UK receiving (a) student visas and (b) work permits. [187854]

Mr. Browne: I have been asked to reply.

(a) A person seeking leave to enter the United Kingdom as a student nurse must meet the definition of a student nurse in paragraph 63 of the Immigration Rules and must have been accepted for a course in a recognised nursing educational establishment offering nursing training, which meets the requirements of the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting. The applicant needs to show that they did not obtain acceptance by misrepresentation; that they are able and intend to follow the course of study and that they do not intend to
 
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engage in business or take employment except in connection with the course. They also need to demonstrate that they intend to leave the United Kingdom at the end of the course and that they have sufficient funds to accommodate and maintain themselves and any dependants without engaging in business or taking employment (except in connection with the course), or having recourse to public funds. Those student nurses who successfully complete their course and are offered employment as a nurse can apply to switch into work permit employment. This will be granted provided all the requirements for switching into work permit employment at paragraph 131B of the Rules are met. Most importantly they must hold a valid immigration employment document for employment as a nurse.

(b) Nurses coming into the UK to take up employment must hold a valid work permit and, in most cases, entry clearance in this capacity. Their employer applies for the work permit on their behalf, and must show that the vacancy meets the work permit requirements. On entering the UK, nurses must show that they are capable of undertaking the employment for which they hold the work permit, and that they do not intend to take any other employment. They must also be able to maintain and accommodate themselves and any dependants without recourse to public funds.

The Government is committed to managing the impact of international recruitment on source countries. The Department of Health, in consultation with the Department for International Development, has published a Code of Practice for NHS employers involved in the international recruitment of healthcare professionals. This seeks to ensure that countries suffering significant skill shortages of their own are not targeted. On 25 August the Department of Health published proposals to strengthen the code of practice to bring the private sector in line with the NHS.

Work Permits UK ensure that establishments recruiting overseas nurses are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and are accredited to provide supervised training to nurses undergoing supervised practice. They also check that the number of authorised supervised practice places allocated to the establishment is not exceeded and that the Personal Identification Number (PIN) is valid.

The Work Permits UK Intelligence Team investigate all allegations of abuse relating to nurses and disseminate their findings as appropriate. The Work Permits UK Compliance and Validation Team also undertake visits based on a random sample to establishments to ensure that overseas nationals are working where the permit was issued for and receiving the training and pay that was stated on the initial application form. This team also conduct visits on behalf of the Intelligence Team, following allegations of abuse.


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