Mental Health Services: Nurses

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th June 2020.

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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 (a) individual and (b) full-time equivalent registered mental health nurses have been working for NHS provider organisations in (i) each year since 2009-10 and (ii) 2020-21.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services 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.

The following table shows the number of mental health nurses as at September each year since 2009 and as at February 2020, the latest available data, full time equivalent (FTE) and headcount.

Mental health nurses, FTE

Mental health nurses, headcount

September 2009

40,602

50,844

September 2010

40,247

50,028

September 2011

39,024

48,061

September 2012

38,135

46,395

September 2013

37,397

45,143

September 2014

36,581

44,073

September 2015

35,671

43,169

September 2016

35,488

42,959

September 2017

35,390

42,941

September 2018

35,835

43,539

September 2019

36,696

44,610

February 2020

37,388

45,657

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