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CSCI staff (full-time equivalent) broken down by grade( 1)
Grade
Month A B C D E F G H+ Grand total( 2)

2004

290.51

279.03

119.94

1,383.34

232.14

163.37

8.00

15.92

2,492.25

2005

242.94

231.82

111.25

1,321.90

235.60

143.85

10.00

28.92

2,326.29

2006

248.23

224.22

114.82

1,286.63

273.76

158.96

15.00

32.32

2,353.95

2007

192.64

193.29

106.39

1,001.82

228.20

115.27

12.00

28.17

1,877.78

2008

133.11

152.23

72.07

869.44

217.40

110.56

9.00

27.27

1,591.07

(1) Grade A to C include positions such as administrative assistants, grade D and above are inspectors and H+ include senior managers.
(2) Due to rounding figures may not sum up.

Dementia: Chester

Christine Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many carers for people with dementia there are in (a) the City of Chester constituency and (b) Western Cheshire primary care trust. [215337]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: This information is not held centrally.

Dental Services: Manpower

Dr. Richard Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental students qualified as dentists in each of the last two years; and how many vocational training posts were available for the first post-qualification year of approved training in each of those years. [215504]

Ann Keen: Information for England is shown as follows:

Number of home and European Union dental graduates Number of vocational training places

2006

560

624

2007

593

624


In addition to home and European dental graduates, some overseas dentists with leave to remain in the United Kingdom apply for vocational training places.

Departmental Expert Groups

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expert groups his Department has set up in each year since 1999. [213266]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Details of formal, standing bodies set up by Government to provide independent, expert advice to Departments and Ministers are published annually by the Cabinet Office. These bodies, known as advisory non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), are listed in the annual “Public Bodies” publication. “Public Bodies” also contains some details on short-term advisory groups and task forces. Copies of “Public Bodies” dating back to 1999 are available at:

Copies are also available in the Library.

Since 2007, the Department has published details of its own public bodies on the Appointment Commission’s website at:

Copies have also been placed in the Library.

Departmental Official Hospitality

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, columns 237-8W, on departmental official hospitality, when he expects the list of hospitality received by senior civil servants in his Department in 2007 to be published. [215246]

Mr. Bradshaw: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Edward Miliband) on 7 May 2008, Official Report, column 885W.

Departmental Pay

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review salary negotiations for public sector employees in organisations within his Department's responsibility to reflect the rise in the consumer price index to a point above 3 per cent. [214550]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Government's pay policy is guided by the following principles. Public sector pay settlements should be consistent with maintaining the necessary levels of recruitment, retention and staff engagement needed to support service delivery; ensuring that total pay bills represent value for money and are affordable within Departments' overall expenditure plans; and consistent with the achievement of the inflation target. Timing of pay decisions for a particular workforce depends on pay-setting arrangements for that workforce.

Departmental Vetting

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures his Department follows for checking the criminal records of employees; and if he will make a statement. [213129]

Mr. Bradshaw: In the Department, all unspent criminal record information is requested and subsequently provided through self-declaration by individuals. We are aware of the need to verify these records independently with Disclosure Scotland, and their Basic Disclosure service. However, we are in the early stages of recognising this as a mandatory requirement and are taking action to implement security checking for all new entrants. We are also reviewing how we manage risk appropriately in circumstances where appointment without Basic Disclosure is considered, for example, where an appointment is a very short-term one.


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Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of successful applicants for jobs in his Department are subjected to a criminal records check; how many (a) successful applicants and (b) criminal records checks there were in each of the last 10 years; how many successful applicants were found to have a criminal record after a criminal records check took place in each of the last 10 years; whether the selection of successful candidates to be subjected to a criminal records check is random or targeted; and if he will make a statement. [213149]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department is compliant with the baseline security standard for all incoming permanent staff and inward secondees. While we are unable to provide the specific information requested, we have recently strengthened our recruitment processes by co-ordinating baseline checks through a single team, thereby ensuring consistent application of the standard. Previously, this was carried out across a number of teams and no central checking register was kept.

The Department ensures that all new permanent staff are entitled to work in the United Kingdom and that they meet nationality rules for Government service. We also carry out appropriate employment history reference checks to provide assurance of an individual’s character. Their recent past provides the Department with a view on whether they are likely to bring discredit on the Department and suggests the likelihood of discreditable service in the future.

All unspent criminal record information is requested and subsequently provided through self-declaration by individuals. We are aware of the need to verify these records independently with Disclosure Scotland, and their Basic Disclosure service. However, we are in the early stages of recognising this as a mandatory requirement and are taking action to implement security checking for all new entrants. We are also reviewing how we manage risk appropriately in circumstances where appointment without Basic Disclosure is considered, for example where an appointment is a very short-term one.

Doctors: Housing

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2008, Official Report, columns 55-6W, on doctors: housing, if he will make it his policy to collect centrally assessments of the adequacy of junior doctors' accommodation. [216570]

Ann Keen: There are minimum standards for junior doctors' accommodation which trusts are required to meet. This forms part of the terms and conditions of service of hospital medical and dental staff and doctors in public health medicine and the community health service in England and Wales. Responsibility for meeting these standards rests with employers and we do not intend to monitor this centrally.

Economic and Monetary Union

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date the euro changeover plan of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies was last updated; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent version of each. [215523]


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Mr. Bradshaw: The “Third Outline NHS Euro Changeover Plan” was updated on 14 January 2005. This outline plan covers the Department, its agencies and arm’s length bodies.

Copies of the plan have been placed in the Library.

Elderly: Abuse

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is issued by (a) his Department and (b) the Commission for Social Care Inspection to care homes on the prevention of elder abuse; what recent representations he has received about elder abuse; and if he will make a statement. [214063]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: All care homes are subject, under the care Standards Act 2000, to the Care Homes Regulations 2001. All providers of regulated social care services, including care homes, must be registered with and inspected by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI).

When inspecting care providers to assess compliance with the regulations, CSCI must have regard for the relevant national minimum standards (NMS). Compliance with the NMS is not itself enforceable, but compliance with regulations is enforceable subject to the NMS being taken into account. Copies of the regulations and NMS are available in the Library.

Regulation 13(6) requires that arrangements shall be made, “by training staff or by other measures, to prevent service users being harmed or suffering abuse or being placed at risk of harm or abuse”.

Standard 18 of the NMS for Care Homes for Older People refers specifically to the protection of service users from abuse. The NMS also refer the reader to further guidance on the prevention of abuse, issued by Action on Elder Abuse, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Department of Health and the Home Office and the Royal College of Nursing.

CSCI has issued a range of guidance relating to the safeguarding of adults, which is available on the CSCI professional website, including:

In addition to issuing its own guidance, CSCI also draws attention to guidance issued by other organisations on safeguarding.

It is part of the role of CSCI's provider relationship managers (PRMs) to obtain information on corporate providers regarding safeguarding issues, in order to ascertain if there are any trends in the homes operated by those providers. These trends would be identified in CSCI's annual report and PRMs would also meet with providers in order to raise such issues.


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Epilepsy: Health Services

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he has issued to spearhead primary care trusts on the reduction of health inequalities for people with epilepsy; [215907]

(2) what improvements to the care and support of pregnant women with epilepsy have been introduced since the Action Plan for Epilepsy of 2003. [215909]

Ann Keen: The “National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions” is the key tool for delivering the Government's strategy to support people, and reduce health inequalities, for those living with long-term neurological conditions, including epilepsy. Copies of this publication have already been placed in the Library.

In October 2004, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published a clinical guideline covering the diagnosis, treatment and management of epilepsies in adults and children. This clinical guideline specifically covers the treatment and management of epilepsy in pregnancy.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will review the level of counselling and support provided by the NHS to women with epilepsy during pregnancy; [216361]

(2) what plans he has to improve the services for people with epilepsy provided by the NHS in the next three years. [216362]

Ann Keen: It is the responsibility of local health commissioners to provide services to meet the needs of their local population living with epilepsy. Local health bodies are expected to work towards the implementation of the national service framework for long-term conditions (copies of which have already been placed in the Library), and health professionals are expected to implement the guidance on the treatment and management of epilepsy issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Departmental officials have recently met with representatives of the Joint Epilepsy Council and Epilepsy Bereaved to discuss issues of concern to those with epilepsy.

We have no plans to review the level of counselling and support provided to women with epilepsy in pregnancy.


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