Mental Health Services: Nurses

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th June 2019.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many mental health nurses there were in NHS in England in each year since 2009.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

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.

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 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

September 2009

40,607

-

September 2010

40,247

-

September 2011

39,024

-

September 2012

38,135

-

September 2013

37,396

1,164

September 2014

36,581

1,171

September 2015

35,671

1,050

September 2016

35,487

1,038

September 2017

35,390

1,001

September 2018

35,835

990

February 2019

36,290

1,025

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.

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