Mental Health Services: Termination of Employment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 31st January 2019.

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Photo of Paula Sherriff Paula Sherriff Shadow Minister (Mental Health and Social Care), Shadow Minister (Mental Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many mental health staff have left the NHS since 31 May 2018.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for 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, but not staff working in primary care or in general practitioner surgeries, local authorities or other providers.

In England, 12,7981 mental health staff left the National Health Service between 31 May 2018 and 31 October 2018, headcount.

The figure above provides the widest possible view of the mental health workforce available from NHS Digital and includes:

- All staff in mental health, learning disability and care trusts;

- Psychiatry doctors;

- Nurses specialising in ‘community psychiatry’, ‘other psychiatry’, ‘community learning disabilities’, ‘other learning disabilities’

- Staff with a primary area of work of ‘psychiatry’, for example a paediatrician whose primary area of work is ‘psychiatry’.

Data for Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is not available on the Electronic Staff Record and therefore, not included in the figure above.


1Source: NHS Digital, NHS HCHS workforce statistics.

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