§ Mr. Hutton
Between 1997 and 2001 the number of speech and language therapists employed in the NHS increased by 810 (17 per cent).
At 31 September 2000 only one of the seventeen Primary Care Trusts (South Peterborough PCT) then existing employed speech and language therapists. The national vacancy rate and information for South Peterborough Primary Care Trust is in the table below.
Department of Health Vacancies Survey, March 2001 Vacancies by Primary Care Trusts for Qualified speech and language therapists 3 month vacancy rates2 numbers1 and staff in post2 whole-time equivalent Organisation code Organisation Name 3 month vacancy rates 3 month vacancies staff in post England 4.7 per cent 200 4,070 4LA06 South Peterborough PCT 0.0 per cent 0 15
1. Three month vacancies are vacancies as at 31 March 2001 which trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (whole time equivalents)
2. Three month vacancy rates are three month vacancies expressed as a percentage of three month vacancies plus staff in post from the September 2000 non-medical workforce census (whole time equivalent)
3. At 3 September 2000 Non-medical workforce census, 17 PCTs were in existence, of which only one, 4LA06, had Speech Language Therapy staff. As SIP figures from the census are required for the calculation of vacancy rates, no rates are available for the PCTs formed on 1 October 2000.
4. Data will be available from the March 2002 Vacancy survey in July 2002.
5. Numbers are rounded to the nearest ten
6. Percentages rounded to one decimal place
Department of Health Vacancies Survey, March 2001
Department of Health Non Medical Workforce Census