To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to Q 55 in his oral evidence to the Health Committee 31 October 2017, HC 523, whether the figure of 4,300 includes (a) staff who were already working in primary care trusts in 2013, whose roles subsequently transferred to mental health trusts as part of the reorganisation of the NHS and/or (b) the transfer of staff working at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust from the care trust staff category to the mental health staff category, which occurred when the trust merged with a mental health trust in 2016-17.
The data does not allow identification of roles transferred as part of the reorganisation of the National Health Service and, as such, there is no way of separating these numbers out from the overall figure given in evidence to the committee.
The figure in question relates to the change in staffing levels at mental health and learning disability trusts. The figure includes all staff who were at working at a mental health and learning disability trust at July 2013 and July 2017. The increase in numbers working in mental health and learning disability trusts could include organisational change to improve services for mental health patients and their carers.