Health: Nurses

House of Lords written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Willis of Knaresborough Lord Willis of Knaresborough Chair, Science and Technology: Sub-Committee I (Higher education in STEM subjects)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many district nurses were employed in England by the National Health Service in (1) 2009-10, (2) 2010-11, and (3) 2011-12.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The following table gives the number of district nurses employed in England in the years requested.

National Health Service Hospital and Community Health Services: District Nurses in England as at 30 September each specified year
headcount
2009 2010 2011
District nurse 9,327 9,136 8,166

Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-medical Workforce Census

Notes: The new headcount methodology is not fully comparable with data for years prior to 2012, due to improvements that make it a more stringent count of absolute staff numbers. Headcount totals are unlikely to equal the sum of components. Further information on the headcount methodology is available in the Census publication. In 2011 the back staff return was ceased. All data (for all years) in these tables exclude bank staff.

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