|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
The Department's good practice guidance on Commissioning specialist adult learning disability services, published in October 2007, highlights the importance of the health facilitation role working with
primary care teams, community health professionals and staff involved in delivering secondary health care.
The information requested on how many learning disability liaison nurses and health facilitators there are in the national health service, and how many of each are on permanent and fixed-term contracts is not held centrally. We do notcollect data on national health service staff contracts.
Information on the numbers of learning disability liaison nurses and health facilitators: neither group is separately identified in the NHS workforce census. However, the number of specialist learning disability nurses is collected in the census and this information is shown in the following table.
The information on how many NHS trusts have a disability equality scheme is not collected centrally. All NHS trusts are required under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act to publish disability equality schemes that set out, among other things, how they intend to meet their duties towards disability equality. To assist them in this the Department published best practice guidanceCreating a disability equality scheme a practical guide for the NHSin October 2006. Further guidance, specific to learning disabilities, is to be published shortly.
The Department recognises that more needs to be done to improve access to NHS services for people with learning disabilities. That is why health care is one of the key priorities within the Valuing People Now consultation document.
The Department has committed to a wide-ranging programme of action, set out in the document Promoting Equality that was published in March 2007 (and copies of which are available in the Library) to respond to recommendations made by the Disability Rights Commission. This action includes:
a programme of work to support wider implementation of annual health checks for people with learning disabilities;
supporting primary care trusts (PCTs) (as commissioners of health services) in understanding and acting on the needs of people with learning disabilities and involving them in commissioning and reviewing services, in particular through sponsoring PCT commissioning exemplar sites;
overseeing work with professional, regulatory and educational bodies to address understanding of learning disability in education and training for general practitioners, nurses and other health staff;
improving the way that the Department of Health and the NHS evaluate key health initiatives for their impact on people with learning disabilities; and
improving collection and management of information about health needs, services and health outcomes for people with learning disabilities and developing a more coordinated approach to performance monitoring.
The Department published commissioning guidance for specialist learning disability health servicesCommissioning specialist adult learning disability health servicesGood practice guidance 31 October 2007and will shortly publish further guidance on meeting the disability equality duty in relation to people with learning disabilities. The Department is also taking forward a Human Rights in Health Care Programme, helping the NHS to recognise and respect the fundamental human rights of all patients.
|NHS hospital and community health services: Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff , England as at September 2007|
|Community and learning disabilities||Other learning disabilities|
|(1) Not applicable. (2) Other 1st and 2nd level include staff coded as community psychiatric nurses (CPN) and community learning disabilities nurses (CLDN) with a specific recordable community qualification.|
|Community and learning disabilities||Other learning disabilities|
|(1) Not applicable. (2) Other 1st and 2nd level include staff coded as CPN and CLDN with a specific recordable community qualification. Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest whole number. Source: The Information Centre for health and social care 2007 Non-Medical Workforce Census.|
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet representatives of the Red Lion Abattoir, Nantwich, to discuss the effect on them of the changes in the Meat Hygiene Service referred to in the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1801W, on the Meat Hygiene Service. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 9 May 2008]: The Meat Hygiene Service Business Manager, in whose area the Red Lion Abattoir is located, held a meeting with the abattoir's representatives on the 28 March. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce himself and discuss the changes taking place in the Meat Hygiene Service. The abattoir's representatives raised no specific issues or concerns about these changes.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the effects will be on his Department's (a) resource and (b) capital budget for (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11 of bringing NHS private finance initiative projects on balance sheet. 
Mr. Bradshaw: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor announced in the March 2008 budget that the accounts of central Government Departments would be produced under International Financial Reporting Standards from financial year 2009-10. The Department is now undertaking a full assessment of moving to the new standards which includes examining the accounting and resource (capital and revenue) implications for the national health service's private finance initiative and other public private partnership schemes.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust area in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust area in each year since 2001. 
The latest available figures of newly diagnosed cases of prostate cancer are for the year 2005. Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of cancer are collected by the eight regional cancer registries in England and collated by Office for National Statistics (ONS). The cancer registration data held by ONS does not include NHS Trust.
Information on newly diagnosed cases of cancer by NHS Trust is held by the regional cancers registries in England. Details of the regional cancer registries in England can be found in Chapter 6 of Cancer statistics: Registrations, Series MB1, available from the National Statistics website at:
The number of newly diagnosed cases of prostate cancer by primary care trust was given in reply to a question asked by Christopher Fraser MP on 22 April 2008, reference 201666, but not yet published in the Official Report.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will investigate the rate of progress of the redevelopment of St Lukes Hospital in Market Harborough; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
East Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA) reports that the public consultation on the future of community health services in
Leicestershire and Rutland, including St. Lukes hospital and other community hospitals, is now planned to commence later in the year, following a change to the national and regional NHS Next Stage Review: Our NHS, Our Future timetable.
The review by Leicestershire county and Rutland primary care trust (PCT) of community health services is part of a broader national review being carried out across the national health service in England, which is now almost complete. The national review is the culmination of nearly a year of engagement with NHS staff, patients and stakeholders which will influence the shape, style and delivery of health care for the next 10 years. In turn, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland NHS trusts have been reviewing how they can work together to deliver the best health care services for the communities they serve.
The national and regional timetable has been revised to take into account further detail at national and regional level, and this means that Leicestershire county and Rutland PCT will need to wait to ensure that its proposals are consistent with the wider picture.
The East Midlands SHA further reports that it is planned that the PCTs Board will approve the public consultation document at its meeting on 5 June 2008, and the public consultation will follow this.
Following the public consultation, the PCT will prioritise developments to its community hospitals according to a number of criteria, including local needs, minimising service disruption, and availability of capital finance.
Margaret Hodge: DCMS sponsors Arts Council England to promote and invest in the development of the arts, including dance. Arts Council Englands investment in dance in 2008-09 is £46.5 million, an increase of almost 100 per cent. since 1996-97. This funding will support dance companies and organisations across the country.
Andy Burnham: The UK is signed up to the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production which promotes collaboration between British and other European film producers. Since its inception in 1994 the UK has participated in 412 co-productions under the convention.
Also, the UK Film Council actively works to encourage collaboration at key film festivals such as Cannes and the Berlinale by providing networking and information sharing opportunities for UK and European filmmakers.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|