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London Ambulance Service: Manpower

Health written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock Labour, Lewisham, Deptford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) drivers, (b) paramedics and (c) other staff in the London Ambulance Service were employed to provide services direct to the public on 1 April in each year since 2005.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

Information is not collected in the format requested.

The following table provides the numbers of national health service staff employed in London Ambulance Service NHS Trust by main staff group and by level as at 30 September for each year since 2005.

NHS hospital and community health services: Staff in the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust by main staff group and by level as at 30 September each year
2005 (1) 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 (2)
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust 3,784 4,112 4,080 4,126 4,719 4,939
             
Professionally qualified clinical staff 1,159 2,425 2,524 2,699 3,144 3,223
Qualified ambulance service staff 1,159 2,425 2,524 2,699 3,144 3,223
Manager 198 93 105 175 194 243
Emergency Care Practitioner n/a 43 55 53 72 63
Ambulance paramedic 961 984 1,004 1,113 1,588 1,812
Ambulance Technician n/a 1,305 1,360 1,358 1,290 1,105
Support to clinical staff 2,040 1,007 959 887 968 1,113
Support to ambulance staff 2,040 1,007 959 887 968 1,113
Ambulance personnel 1,403 329 330 404 479 525
Trainee Ambulance Technician n/a 327 180 40 21 57
Clerical and administrative 297 351 449 443 468 531
Healthcare assistant 242 0 0 0 0 0
Trainee ambulance personnel 98 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
NHS infrastructure support 585 680 597 540 607 604
Central functions 270 334 282 262 285 374
Clerical and administrative 270 334 282 262 285 374
Hotel, property and estates 73 89 85 80 88 91
Clerical and administrative 2 5 6 4 2 8
Estates (maintenance and works) 69 84 79 76 86 83
Support worker 2 0 0 0 0 0
Managers and senior managers 242 257 230 198 234 139
Senior manager 29 47 48 56 72 48
Manager 213 210 182 142 162 91
n/a = Not applicable. See note 1. (1) In 2006 ambulance staff were collected under new, more detailed, occupation codes. As a result, qualified totals and support to ambulance staff totals are not directly comparable with previous years. (2) The new headcount methodology for 2010 data is not fully comparable with previous years data due to improvements that make it a more stringent count of absolute staff numbers. Further information on the headcount methodology is available in the Census publication here: www.ic.nhs.uk/webfiles/publications/010_Workforce/nhsstaff0010/Census_Bulletin_March_2011_Final.pdf Notes: It is impossible to separately identify those staff who were 'employed to provide services direct to the public' from the census data. It is assumed that all staff who are not in the 'NHS Infrastructure Support' staff group have some contact with patients or the public. Data Quality: The NHS Information Centre for health and social care seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data but responsibility for data accuracy lies with the organisations providing the data. Methods are continually being updated to improve data quality where changes impact on figures already published. This is assessed but unless it is significant at national level figures are not changed. Impact at detailed or local level is footnoted in relevant analyses. Source: The NHS Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census.

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