Rheumatology

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th November 2018.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) rheumatology healthcare professionals in the NHS and (b) the provision of treatment for people with rheumatology of the UK leaving the EU.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), but not staff working in primary care or in general practitioner surgeries, local authorities or other providers.

The information in the following table shows the number of Professionally qualified clinical staff in National Health Service trusts and CCGs in England in the rheumatology specialty group and the wider rheumatology area of work by nationality group, as at 30 June each year from 2016 and the latest available data, headcount:

Year

Nationality Group

Staff in the Rheumatology speciality group and the wider Rheumatology area of work, headcount

June 2016

All nationalities

1,972

Of which:

United Kingdom

1,529

European Union

127

European Economic Area

2

Rest of the World

179

Unknown

137

June 2017

All nationalities

2,076

Of which:

United Kingdom

1,601

European Union

140

European Economic Area

1

Rest of the World

193

Unknown

143

June 2018

All nationalities

2,097

Of which:

United Kingdom

1,635

European Union

142

European Economic Area

0

Rest of the World

210

Unknown

111

31 July 2018

All nationalities

2,108

Of which:

United Kingdom

1,639

European Union

143

European Economic Area

0

Rest of the World

215

Unknown

112

Source: NHS Digital Quarterly HCHS workforce statistics.

The Department continues to monitor and analyse overall staffing levels across the NHS and we are working across Government to ensure there will continue to be sufficient staff to deliver the high-quality services on which patients rely following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. This includes the provision of treatment for people with rheumatology.

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