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S5W-12598: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many district nurses there have been in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board. 

Answered by: Shona Robison 21 November 2017

Since 1999 the data on the community nursing staff categories, including district nurses, has been subject to a number of reviews.

The number of district nurses by NHS Board, from September 1996 to September 2005,

can be found on the workforce statistics web site:

http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Workforce/Historic-Data/WFE01_HB_REG.xls.

In 2006, recording of NHS staff was moved from Whitley to Agenda for Change. As a result statistics presented from 2007 onwards are not directly comparable to information prior to 2006. Information for 2006 is not available as this was a transitional year.

The number of district nurses by NHS Board, from September 2007 to September 2014, can be

found on the workforce statistics web site:

https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Workforce/Publications/2017-09-05/Non-Medical_Trend_J2017.xls.

A review of the data on community nursing staff categories, including district nurses, was undertaken in 2014 to ensure more accurate and consistent reporting for these staff groups. Data prior to the completion of the review is not comparable with data from 2015 onwards.

The number of district nurses by NHS Board, from March 2015 to June 2017, can be found on the workforce statistics web site:

https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Workforce/Publications/2017-09-05/Nursing_and_Midwifery_SIP_J2017.xls.