House of Lords
Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour)
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the closure of the physiotherapy training course at the University of East London on the number of people from disadvantaged and disabled groups who have the opportunity to train in physiotherapy.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the closure of the part-time physiotherapy training course at London South Bank University on the number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds or who have caring responsibilities who have the opportunity to train in physiotherapy.
Earl Howe (Conservative)
NHS London has tendered for its physiotherapy training programmes starting in 2012-13. Higher education institutions were informed of the results of these bids in January 2012. The detail is confidential, until the contracts are signed off, which is expected to be in March 2012. Until then we are unable to discuss or confirm the results for specific organisations.
It is the responsibility of strategic heath authorities to plan their education commissions, including physiotherapy, based on local workforce requirements and to assess the impact on equalities of changes to the way they commission training programmes. NHS London has confirmed it has carried out an equality impact assessment on the tendering process.