The number of qualified nursing staff in the community psychiatry area of work in England is shown in the following table.
|National health service hospital and community health services: qualified nursing staff in the community psychiatry area of work in England|
|As at September||England|
|(1 )More accurate validation processes in 2006 have resulted in the identification and removal of 9,858 duplicate non-medical staff records out of the total workforce figure of 1.3 million in 2006. Earlier years' figures could not be accurately validated in this way and so will be slightly inflated. The level of inflation in earlier years' figures is estimated to be less than 1 per cent. of total across all non-medical staff groups for headcount figures (and negligible for full-time equivalents). This should be taken into consideration when analysing trends over time. |
Workforce planning is a matter for local NHS organisations to deal with. They are best placed to assess the health needs of their local health community. The number of community psychiatric nurses has increased by 75 per cent. since 1997.
The Information Centre for health and social care Non- Medical Workforce Census.