HL Deb 07 March 1988 vol 494 cc557-8WA
The Countess of Mar

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many paediatric nurses trained in intensive care are currently in post; how many have left the National Health Service during 1987; how many completed intensive care training in 1987 at Great Ormond Street and the Birmingham Children's Hospitals, and how many are currently in training at these two hospitals.

Lord Skelmersdale

Information on the number of nurses holding specific qualifications and the numbers who leave the National Health Service is not collected centrally. However, the total number of nursing staff employed in paediatric intensive care units in England at 30th September 1986 was 360 in whole-time equivalent terms—an increase of 127 per cent. since September 1981. Similar information for September 1987 is not yet available.

In 1987, 18 nurses completed paediatric intensive care nurse training at Great Ormond Street Hospital and 15 are currently in training. A further intake of 15 is expected in July 1988. It is expected that the course will be introduced at the Birmingham Children's Hospital later this year.