To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many mental health nurses worked for Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust in each year since 2013.
NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics for England. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), but not staff working in primary care, local authorities or other providers.
The following table shows the number of nurses trained in mental health who work in NHS trusts and CCGs in England and in Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, as at September each year and latest available data, full time employees.
Mental health nurses in NHS Trusts and CCGs
Mental health nurses in Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Source: NHS Digital workforce statistics
The Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care asked Baroness Dido Harding to develop a Workforce Implementation Plan for the commitments set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. The Interim NHS People Plan was published on 3 June 2019 with the full Plan expected later in the year.
The Interim NHS People Plan recognises that urgent action must be taken to increase the numbers of mental health nurses and develop accredited multidisciplinary credentials for those working in mental health.
The NHS is committed to promoting and widening access to rewarding career options in mental health, through a number of initiatives, including an accelerated postgraduate nurse programme for mental health and learning disabilities, and a Retention Programme to address clinical turnover rates in mental health trusts.