Nurses: Training

Department of Health written question – answered on 14th December 2015.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the total number of student nurses in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The following table shows the total number of student nurses in England, in training places as at 31 March in each year, for the period 2010/11 to 2014/15. The Department and Health Education England do not hold data for students undertaking their training in Wales.

Year

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

Nurses

53,101

51,824

52,914

48,484

50,139

Source: multi professional education and training budget monitoring returns

In 2015 the National Health Service has seen record numbers of nurses and midwives in post. The latest data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre’s Hospital and Community Health Services monthly workforce statistics, which does not include nurses working in general practice, shows a total of 303,600 full time equivalent nurses and midwives, in post in England in August 2015.

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