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Care Homes: Qualifications

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered care homes have more than 50 per cent. of employees with qualifications at NVQ level 2 or above. [195809]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: We have been informed by the Commission for Social Care Inspection that, during the year ending 31 March 2007, it inspected 10,093 care homes against standard 28 of the national minimum standards (NMS) for care homes for older people. In total 7,782, or 78 per cent. of homes were found to be either meeting or exceeding the standard, which deals with the numbers of trained staff in each establishment.

Comparable information is not available for homes inspected against the NMS for care homes for younger adults.

Carers

Miss Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to encourage (a) local authorities and (b) primary care trusts to nominate a lead person for carers’ services; and how many nominations have been notified to his Department. [196772]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Although the Department has not specifically required councils and primary care trusts to inform us when they have nominated a carer’s lead, we are aware that a significant number have done so since the publication of the White Paper “Our Health, Our Care, Our Say”.

We will consider how such appointments can be further encouraged in the work that is currently under way to revise the Prime Minister’s strategy on carers.

Cervical Cancer: Screening

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cervical cancer screenings took place in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. [195227]

Ann Keen: The following table shows cervical screening coverage in the areas requested. We are unable to identify Jarrow separately. Jarrow constituency is within South Tyneside Primary Care Trust (PCT), for whom information has been provided.

Coverage is the percentage of eligible women who have had a cervical screening test result in the previous five years.


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Cervical screening programme: coverage of the Target Age Group (25-64) for specified organisations, 31 March 1997 to 2007
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

England

Eligible population (1)

12,240,749

12,582,054

12,453,118

12,604,246

12,667,226

Women screened (less than 5 years since last adequate test) (2)

10,033,255

10,378,399

10,254,930

10,338,759

10,304,333

Coverage (less than five years since last adequate test) (%)

82.0

82.5

82.3

82.0

81.3

of which:

North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA)

Eligible population (1)

632,702

635,844

637,230

638,030

636,156

Women screened (less than five years since last adequate test) (2)

539,659

541,229

534,130

533,106

527,592

Coverage (less than five years since last adequate test) (%)

85.3

85.1

83.8

83.6

82.9

of which:

QDG

Gateshead and South Tyneside Health Authority(HA)

Eligible population (1)

88,069

87,847

86,676

86,600

86,226

Women screened (less than five years since last adequate test)(2)

74,563

74,079

71,965

71,561

70,616

Coverage (less than five years since last adequate test) (%)

84.7

84.3

83.0

82.6

81.9

5KF

Gateshead PCT

Eligible population (1)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Women screened (less than five years since last adequate test)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Coverage (less than five years since last adequate test) (%)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

5KG

South Tyneside PCT

Eligible population(1)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Women screened (less than five years since last adequate test)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Coverage (less than five years since last adequate test) (%)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a



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2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

England

Eligible population (1)

12,714,779

12,686,444

12,804,440

12,886,373

13,099,159

13,192,905

Women screened (less than 5 years since last adequate test) (2)

10,368,952

10,305,215

10,325,821

10,346,486

10,418,583

10,444,133

Coverage (less than five years since last adequate test) (%)

81.6

81.2

80.6

80.3

79.5

79.2

of which:

North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA)

Eligible population (1)

632,024

630,064

631,995

634,377

638,387

646,091

Women screened (less than five years since last adequate test) (2)

524,359

520,264

518,820

518,261

516,756

518,142

Coverage (less than five years since last adequate test) (%)

83.0

82.6

82.1

81.7

80.9

80.2

of which:

QDG

Gateshead and South Tyneside Health Authority(HA)

Eligible population (1)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Women screened (less than five years since last adequate test)(2)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Coverage (less than five years since last adequate test) (%)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

5KF

Gateshead PCT

Eligible population (1)

50,287

49,598

49,518

49,711

50,034

51,220

Women screened (less than five years since last adequate test)

41,289

40,653

40,419

40,632

40,380

40,623

Coverage (less than five years since last adequate test) (%)

82.1

82.0

81.6

81.7

80.7

79.3

5KG

South Tyneside PCT

Eligible population(1)

36,838

36,609

36,583

36,497

36,641

37,031

Women screened (less than five years since last adequate test)

30,249

29,917

29,708

29,338

29,071

29,000

Coverage (less than five years since last adequate test) (%)

82.1

81.7

81.2

80.4

79.3

78.3

n/a = not available.
(1) This is the number of women in the resident population less those with recall ceased for clinical reasons
(2) Data prior to 2002 are estimates, original data were based on last test with a result, not last adequate test (as used currently) and have been adjusted to allow for this.
Notes:
1. National policy for the cervical screening programme is that eligible women aged 25 to 64 should be screened every three or five years (women aged 25 to 49 are screened every three years, those aged 50 to 64 every five years).
2. Jarrow constituency is within South Tyneside PCT, we are unable to identify Jarrow separately.
3. Data prior to 2006 have been estimated to match current SHA boundaries.
4. Data from 2002 to 2006 have been estimated to match current primary care organisation boundaries.
Source:
KC53, Parts A2 and A3, The Information Centre for health and social care.

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