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Diabetic Specialist Nurses

Health written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of diabetic specialist nurses under his proposed reforms to the NHS;

(2) how many diabetic specialist nurses were employed by the NHS in the latest period for which figures are available.

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

The current number of diabetic specialist nurses employed by the national health service is not collected centrally.

It is for local NHS organisations, with their knowledge of the health needs of their local population to train and recruit the staff needed to best meet these needs.

We do hold information on the number of qualified nursing, midwifery and health—visiting staff employed by the NHS, which is available from the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care annual workforce census, however the speciality requested is not collected separately.

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence has been commissioned by the Department to undertake a review of non-medical speciality training later this year. This will look at demand and supply modelling at a national level for each non-medical speciality.

On the 6 April, the Prime Minister launched the NHS Listening Exercise, one of the focuses of which was education and training. This is an opportunity to pause, listen, reflect and improve the NHS reforms. The Government will respond to this in due course.

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