HC Deb 25 March 2003 vol 402 cc204-5W
Mr. Lidington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many three month vacancies there are for nursing posts in each NHS trust in the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority area; and what the three month vacancy rate is in each case. [103769]

Ms Blears

The Department's three-month vacancy survey has been collected yearly since March 1999. The most recent number of three-month nursing vacancies in each national health service trust in the Thames Valley Health Authority area is shown in the table.

Department of Health Vacancies Survey, March 2002 Vacancies in NHS Trusts in England and in the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority area, qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff 3 month vacancy rates, numbers and staff in post
3 month vacancy rate percentage 3 month vacancy number Staff in post (whole-time equivalent) Staff in post (headcount)
March 2002 September 2001
England (excluding HA staff) 3.1 8,394 265,717 329,981
Thames Valley 3.7 362 9,653 12,885
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust 2.9 17 676 850
Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Trust 0.7 2 344 401
East Berkshire Community Health NHS Trust 6.2 13 226 341
Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust 10.6 94 893 1,213
Milton Keynes General Hospital NHS Trust 7.8 49 564 818
Nuffield Orthopaedic NHS Trust 0.0 0 244 335
Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust 1.7 37 1,952 2,350
Oxfordshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust 0
Oxfordshire Learning Disabilities NHS Trust 7.0 6 91 106
Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust 0.0 0 390 470
Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust 0.9 11 1,214 1,713
Royal Berkshire Ambulance NHS Trust n/a n/a
South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust 4.8 40 783 1,090
Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust 5.9 36 547 750
Two Shires Ambulance NHS Trust 0.0 0 54 70

3 month vacancy notes:

1. Three month vacancy information is as at 31 March 2002

2. Three month vacancies are vacancies which Trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (whole time equivalents)

3. Three moth Vacancy Rates are three moth vacancies expressed as a percentage of three moth vacancies plus staff in post

4. Three month Vacancy Rates for non-medical staff are calculated using staff in post from the Vacancy Survey, March 2002

5. Percentages are rounded to one decimal place

6. —' figures where sum of staff in post (as at 31 March 2002) and vacancies is zero

7. n/a = did not receive a return.

Staff in post notes:

1. Staff in post data is from the Non-Medical Workforce Census, September 2001

2. Staff in post data excludes staff employed by Health Authorities, as vacancy information was only collected from Trusts, PCTs and Special Health Authorities

3. '—' figures where staff in post (as at 30 September 2001) is zero

General notes:

1. Vacancy and staff in post numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number

2. Calculating the vacancy rates using the above data may not equal the actual vacancy rates

3. Due to rounding, totals may not equal the sum of component parts

4. StHA figures are based on Trusts, and do not necessarily reflect the geographical provision of health care


Department of Health Vacancies Survey, March 2002

Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census, September 2001

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