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Mental Health Services: Nurses

Question for Department of Health

UIN 50523, tabled on 26 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health nurses were in place in (a) Liverpool Wavertree constituency, (b) Liverpool, (c) England and (d) each region in each year since 2009-10.

Answered on

31 October 2016

Information on the number of perinatal mental health specialists is not collected.

NHS Digital publishes monthly Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) data on the number of mental health nurses employed in the National Health Service in England. Following a public consultation in 2015, categorisation of trusts and staff groups included in the monthly HCHS publication changed. NHS Digital has also provided a revised time series on the new basis which allows comparison with previous years back to September 2009.

Mental health nurses include those working in community psychiatry, other psychiatry, community learning disabilities and other learning disabilities. Information is not available for Liverpool Wavertree constituency. National Health Service workforce statistics are available at National, Health Education England (HEE) regions, and NHS organisation level.

The attached table shows the number of mental health nurses employed in the NHS in Liverpool and by HEE regions, between September 2009 and July 2016, the latest date for which data is available.

Mental health nurse training planned commissions have increased year on year since 2013-14 and mental health nursing is one of the key target areas HEE has identified to increase future supply.

The Government is supporting HEE to deliver the Taskforce recommendation to work with NHS England, Public Health England, professional bodies, charities, experts-by-experience and others to develop a costed, multi-disciplinary workforce strategy for the future shape and skill mix of the workforce required to deliver both the Five Year Forward View and the workforce recommendations set out in Future in Mind.

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