HC Deb 29 April 1998 vol 311 cc164-5W
Helen Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list, for each healthcare trust in the North West Region,(a) the number of healthcare assistants employed by that trust and (b) the percentage of the total workforce which that figure represents.[39977]

Mr. Milburn

The table gives the number of healthcare assistants employed in each trust within the North West region, and the per cent. represented in each trust by this group of staff. These figures are based on the Department's medical and dental and non-medical workforce censuses as at 30 September 1996.

Health care assistants (HCAs) are defined as support staff who are trained, or who are undertaking training, in the various competencies related to their job through National Vocational Qualification or other local HCA training. The figures in the table exclude staff acting as unqualified nurses or therapy helpers or assistants.

NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS) health care assistants and percentage of health care assistants within the total NHS HCHS workforce in North West regional office area by trust as at 30 September 1996
Whole-time equivalents
HCAs Total HCHS workforce Percentage of total HCHS workforce
Mancunian Community Health NHS Trust 10 1,170 0.9
Furness Hospitals NHS Trust 1 1,150 0.0
Greater Manchester Ambulance Service NHS Trust 3210 940 22.3
Blackburn Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Healthcare NHS Trust 10 2,560 0.4
Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust 90 2,730 3.3
Lancashire Ambulance Service NHS Trust 1 630 0.0
Communicare NHS Trust 2 930 0.0
Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 110 2,790 3.9
Guild Community Health Care NHS Trust 2 1,050 0.0
Mental Health Services of Salford NHS Trust 1 1,370 0.0
Salford Community Health Care NHS Trust 1 610 0.0
North Manchester Health Care NHS Trust 10 2,730 0.4
Blackpool Wyre & Fylde Community Health Services NHS Trust 1 2,040 0.0
Community Healthcare Bolton NHS Trust 2 640 0.0
Bury Health Care NHS Trust 1 1,890 0.0
Tameside & Glossop Acute Services NHS Trust 1 1,430 0.0
Tameside & Glossop Community/Priority Services NHS Trust 20 1,390 1.4
Blackpool Victoria Hospital NHS Trust 2 2,360 0.0
Stockport Acute Services NHS Trust 40 1,770 2.3
Stockport Healthcare NHS Trust 60 1,860 3.2
Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust 170 3,970 4.3
Manchester Childrens Hospitals NHS Trust 2 1,230 0.0
1 Denotes zero.
2 Denotes less than five and greater than zero.
3 The 210 HCAs for Greater Manchester Ambulance Service NHS Trust are Ambulance Care Assistants


Figures are rounded to the nearest ten.

Percentages were calculated using the unrounded figures.


Department of Health medical and dental and non-medical workforce censuses 1996.

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