Radiographers

Health written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies exist for radiographers in the NHS in (a) Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and (b) England; and what assessment he has made of progress towards improving recruitment.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health)

Information on the number and rate of three month vacancies for radiographers in each year since 2001 is shown in the following tables.

The Government are implementing a range of measures to recruit more health care professionals and have made considerable progress in increasing the number of radiographers employed in the national health service and the number of training places for radiographers. There are 11 per cent. more NHS radiographers than in 1997 and the number of students entering training to become a radiographer has more than doubled since 1996–97.

Department of Health Vacancies Survey: Vacancies in NHS Trusts by HA area and SHA area for qualified radiography staff -- Three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post
March 2001 September 2000
Three month vacancy rate (Percentage) Three month vacancy (Number) Staff in post (whole-time equivalent) Staff in post (headcount)
Diagnostic
England (excluding HA staff) 4.4 420 9,165 11,032
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA 0.0 0 78 110
Isle of Wight HA 15.9 4 19 26
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA n/a n/a n/a n/a
Therapeutic
England (excluding HA staff) 8.0 114 1,309 1,453
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA 6.5 2 29 33
Isle of Wight HA * 0 0 0
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA n/a n/a n/a n/a
Three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post
March 2002 September 2001
Three month vacancy rate (Percentage) Three month vacancy (Number) Staff in post (whole-time equivalent) Staff in post (headcount)
Diagnostic
England (excluding HA staff) 5.5 531 9,260 11,158
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA n/a n/a n/a n/a
Isle of Wight HA n/a n/a n/a n/a
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA 7.9 23 270 340
Therapeutic
England (excluding HA staff) 8.8 134 1,391 1,543
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA n/a n/a n/a n/a
Isle of Wight HA n/a n/a n/a n/a
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA 0.0 0 55 62
Three month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post
March 2003 September 2002
Three month vacancy rate (Percentage) Three month vacancy (Number) Staff in post (whole-time equivalent) Staff in post (headcount)
Diagnostic
England (excluding HA staff) 6.1 599 9,489 11,489
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA n/a n/a n/a n/a
Isle of Wight HA n/a n/a n/a n/a
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA 6.5 22 283 364
Therapeutic
England (excluding HA staff) 10.7 169 1,374 1,542
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA n/a n/a n/a n/a
Isle of Wight HA n/a n/a n/a n/a
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA 5.7 4 56 65

Three month vacancy notes:

1. Three month vacancy information is as at 31 March.

2. Three month vacancies are vacancies which Trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (whole-time equivalents).

3. Three month Vacancy Rates are three month vacancies expressed as a percentage of three month vacancies plus staff in post.

4. For 2002 and 2003 three month Vacancy Rates are calculated using staff in post from the Vacancy Survey. Earlier years vacancy rates are calculated using staff in post from the Non-Medical Workforce Census the previous September.

5. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place.

6. n/a = not applicable.

7 * = Vacancies plus staff in post is less than 10.

Staff in post notes:

Staff in post data is from the Non-Medical Workforce Census, September each specified year.

General notes:

1. Vacancy and staff in post numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number.

2. Calculating the vacancy rates using the above data may not equal the actual vacancy rates.

3. Due to rounding, totals may not equal the sum of component parts.

4. Strategic HA figures are based on Trusts, and do not necessarily reflect the geographical provision of health care.

Sources:

Department of Health Vacancies Survey, March each specified year.

Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census, September each specified year.

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